A new way of study the reaction of triple radiative capture αα(n,γ)9Be is demonstrated. At the GSI-ISOL facility, we have measured the γ decays of excited 1/2+, 5/2- and 1/2- states in 9Be, which are strongly populated in the β decay of 9Li. The respective partial γ-widths are of astrophysical interest in order to reliably estimate the αα(n,γ)9Be rates in SN type-II as a possible site of the synthesis of heavy elements in the Universe. The 9Li nuclei were implanted into a foil viewed by high-granularity arrays of β and γ detectors. The γ-ray spectra were measured in coincidence with the β-particles by selecting large β-γ angles in order to suppress the bremsstrahlung background. For the first time, the γ-rays from the 1/2+ and 5/2- states in 9Be were observed in 9Li decay, with the 1/2+-state energy and width measured to be 1689(10) and 224(7) keV, respectively, while the latter transition provided a reference point. The upper limit of the 1/2- partial γ-width is measured to be 7 · 10-6 MeV. An improved sensitivity experiment is feasible at facilities with the larger yield of 9Li.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics