First observation of 15Be

J. Snyder*, T. Baumann, G. Christian, R. A. Haring-Kaye, P. A. Deyoung, Z. Kohley, B. Luther, M. Mosby, S. Mosby, A. Simon, J. K. Smith, A. Spyrou, S. Stephenson, M. Thoennessen

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The neutron-unbound nucleus 15Be was observed for the first time. It was populated using neutron transfer from a deuterated polyethylene target with a 59 MeV/u 14Be beam. Neutrons were measured in coincidence with outgoing 14Be particles and the reconstructed decay energy spectrum exhibits a resonance at 1.8(1) MeV. This corresponds to 15Be being unbound by 0.45 MeV more then 16Be thus significantly hindering the sequential two-neutron decay of 16Be to 14Be through this state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031303
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 6 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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