Measurement of the 2+→0+ ground-state transition in the β decay of 20F
Kirsebom, O. S.; Hukkanen, M.; Kankainen, A.; Trzaska, W. H.; Strömberg, D. F.; Martínez-Pinedo, G.; Andersen, K.; Bodewits, E.; Brown, B. A.; Canete, L.; Cederkäll, J.; Enqvist, T.; Eronen, T. et al. (2019). Measurement of the 2+→0+ ground-state transition in the β decay of 20F. Physical Review C, 100 (6), 065805. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.100.065805
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We report the first detection of the second-forbidden, nonunique, 2+→0+, ground-state transition in the β decay of 20F. A low-energy, mass-separated 20F+ beam produced at the IGISOL facility in Jyväskylä, Finland, was implanted in a thin carbon foil and the β spectrum measured using a magnetic transporter and a plastic-scintillator detector. The β-decay branching ratio inferred from the measurement is bβ=[0.41±0.08(stat)±0.07(sys)]×10−5 corresponding to logft=10.89(11), making this one of the strongest second-forbidden, nonunique β transitions ever measured. The experimental result is supported by shell-model calculations and has significant implications for the final evolution of stars that develop degenerate oxygen-neon cores. Using the new experimental data, we argue that the astrophysical electron-capture rate on 20Ne is now known to within better than 25% at the relevant temperatures and densities.
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Related funder(s)European Commission; Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research post as Academy Research Fellow, AoF; Research costs of Academy Research Fellow, AoF
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