Low-lying neutron unbound states in Be 12

J. K. Smith, T. Baumann, D. Bazin, J. Brown, S. Casarotto, P. A. Deyoung, N. Frank, J. Hinnefeld, M. Hoffman, M. D. Jones, Z. Kohley, B. Luther, B. Marks, N. Smith, J. Snyder, A. Spyrou, S. L. Stephenson, M. Thoennessen, N. Viscariello, S. J. Williams

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The neutron decay of an unbound resonance in Be12 has been measured at 1243±21 keV decay energy with a width of 634±60 keV. This state was populated with a one-proton removal reaction from a 71 MeV/u B13 beam incident upon a beryllium target. The invariant mass reconstruction of the resonance was achieved by measuring the daughter fragment in coincidence with neutrons. Despite being above the 2n separation energy, the state decays predominantly by the emission of one neutron to Be11, setting an upper limit on the branching ratio for the two-neutron decay channel to Be10 of less than 5%. From the characteristics of the population and decay of the resonance, it is concluded that this state cannot correspond to the previously observed state at 4580±5 keV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024309
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 15 2014
Externally publishedYes

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