Decay of the key 92-keV resonance in the 25Mg(p,γ) reaction to the ground and isomeric states of the cosmic γ-ray emitter 26Al
Kankainen, A., Woods, P.J., Doherty, D.T., Albers, H.M., Albers, M., Ayangeakaa, A.D., Carpenter, M.P., Chiara, C.J., Harker, J.L., Janssens, R.V.F., Lederer-Woods, C., Seweryniak, D., Strieder, F., & Zhu, S. (2021). Decay of the key 92-keV resonance in the 25Mg(p,γ) reaction to the ground and isomeric states of the cosmic γ-ray emitter 26Al. Physics Letters B, 813, Article 136033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2020.136033
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The 92-keV resonance in the 25Mg(p,γ)26Al reaction plays a key role in the production of 26Al at astrophysical burning temperatures of ≈100 MK in the Mg-Al cycle. However, the state can decay to feed either the ground, 26gAl, or isomeric state, 26mAl. It is the ground state that is critical as the source of cosmic γ rays. It is therefore important to precisely determine the ground-state branching fraction f0 of this resonance. Here we report on the identification of four γ-ray transitions from the 92-keV resonance, and determine the spin of the state and its ground-state branching fraction f0=0.52(2)stat(6)syst. The f0 value is the most precise reported to date, and at the lower end of the range of previously adopted values, implying a lower production rate of 26gAl and its cosmic 1809-keV γ rays.
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Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Contract No. DE-AC02-O6CH11357. This research used resources of ANL's ATLAS facility which is a DOE office of Science User Facility. The support from STFC under grant ST/J00006X/1 is gratefully acknowledged. A.K. acknowledges the funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 771036 (ERC CoG MAIDEN) and Academy of Finland grant No. 275389. This work was supported by The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Physics, under Grants No. DE-FG02-97ER41033 (TUNL), DE-FG02-97ER41041 (UNC) and DE-FG02-94ER40834 (UMD). C.L.W. acknowledges support from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): J3503 ...
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