Further improvement of the upper limit on the direct 3α decay from the hoyle state in C12

Masatoshi Itoh, S. Ando, T. Aoki, H. Arikawa, S. Ezure, Kenichi Harada, T. Hayamizu, Takeshi Inoue, Takatsugu Ishikawa, K. Kato, Hirokazu Kawamura, Yasuhiro Sakemi, A. Uchiyama

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Abstract

The direct 3α decay branch from the 02+ state at Ex=7.65MeV in C12, which is known as the Hoyle state, is considered to affect the triple-α reaction rate strongly and to give crucial information on its structure. We have performed a high-precision measurement of the 3α decay from this state using the C12(C12,3α)C12 reaction at EC12=110MeV. The branching ratio of the direct 3α decay was under the detection limit in the present experiment. By comparing with Monte Carlo simulations for three decay mechanisms as the sequential decay through the ground state of Be8, the direct decay with equal energies of three α particles, and the direct decay to the phase space uniformly, we have obtained the upper limit of 0.2% on the direct 3α decay.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102501
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume113
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sep 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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