Background: The N14(p,γ)O15 reaction plays a vital role in various astrophysical scenarios. Its reaction rate must be accurately known in the present era of high precision astrophysics. The cross section of the reaction is often measured relative to a low energy resonance, the strength of which must therefore be determined precisely. Purpose: The activation method, based on the measurement of O15 decay, has not been used in modern measurements of the N14(p,γ)O15 reaction. The aim of the present work is to provide strength data for two resonances in the N14(p,γ)O15 reaction using the activation method. The obtained values are largely independent from previous data measured by in-beam γ spectroscopy and are free from some of their systematic uncertainties. Method: Solid state TiN targets were irradiated with a proton beam provided by the Tandetron accelerator of Atomki using a cyclic activation. The decay of the produced O15 isotopes was measured by detecting the 511 keV positron annihilation γ rays. Results: The strength of the Ep=278keV resonance was measured to be ωγ278=(13.4±0.8)meV while for the Ep=1058keV resonance ωγ1058=(442±27)meV. Conclusions: The obtained Ep=278 keV resonance strength is in fair agreement with the values recommended by two recent works. However, the Ep=1058keV resonance strength is about 20% higher than the previous value. The discrepancy may be caused in part by a previously neglected finite target thickness correction. As only the low energy resonance is used as a normalization point for cross section measurements, the calculated astrophysical reaction rate of the N14(p,γ)O15 reaction and therefore the astrophysical consequences are not changed by the present results.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics