Determination of γ-ray widths in N 15 using nuclear resonance fluorescence

T. Szücs, D. Bemmerer, A. Caciolli, Z. Fülöp, R. Massarczyk, C. Michelagnoli, T. P. Reinhardt, R. Schwengner, M. P. Takács, C. A. Ur, A. Wagner, L. Wagner

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Background: The stable nucleus N15 is the mirror of O15, the bottleneck in the hydrogen burning CNO cycle. Most of the N15 level widths below the proton emission threshold are known from just one nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) measurement, with limited precision in some cases. A recent experiment with the AGATA demonstrator array determined level lifetimes using the Doppler shift attenuation method in O15. As a reference and for testing the method, level lifetimes in N15 have also been determined in the same experiment.Purpose: The latest compilation of N15 level properties dates back to 1991. The limited precision in some cases in the compilation calls for a new measurement to enable a comparison to the AGATA demonstrator data. The widths of several N15 levels have been studied with the NRF method.Method: The solid nitrogen compounds enriched in N15 have been irradiated with bremsstrahlung. The γ rays following the deexcitation of the excited nuclear levels were detected with four high-purity germanium detectors.Results: Integrated photon-scattering cross sections of 10 levels below the proton emission threshold have been measured. Partial γ-ray widths of ground-state transitions were deduced and compared to the literature. The photon-scattering cross sections of two levels above the proton emission threshold, but still below other particle emission energies have also been measured, and proton resonance strengths and proton widths were deduced.Conclusions: Gamma and proton widths consistent with the literature values were obtained, but with greatly improved precision.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014315
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 21 2015

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    Szücs, T., Bemmerer, D., Caciolli, A., Fülöp, Z., Massarczyk, R., Michelagnoli, C., Reinhardt, T. P., Schwengner, R., Takács, M. P., Ur, C. A., Wagner, A., & Wagner, L. (2015). Determination of γ-ray widths in N 15 using nuclear resonance fluorescence. Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics, 92(1), [014315].