A high-resolution study of the 12C(p, n)12N and 16O(p, n)16F reactions was made at Ep = 35 and 40 MeV. The low-lying states in 12N(1+, 2+ and 2-) and in 16F(0-, 1-, 2- and 3-) were clearly resolved, and their angular distributions were measured. Extensive DWBA analysis was made and compared with the data. The calculated angular distribution shapes are found to be in agreement with the data and insensitive to the choice of the parameters involved. On the other hand, the magnitudes of the DWBA cross sections depend strongly on the bound state parameters in the case of a transition from a tightly bound state to a loosley bound state. In the other cases the overall uncertainty of the DWBA cross section magnitudes was estimated to be about ±30%. Within this uncertainty the experimental cross sections for the 12C(p, n) reaction were explained by the calculation, but those for the 16O(p, n) reaction were not: the observed strengths were about a half of the calculated values. Since these results agree with those at intermediate energies, the origin of the discrepancy is considered to be in the structure of the mass 16 nuclei rather than in reaction dynamics. In general, the present results compare well with those at intermediate energies, indicating that the structure information extracted from low-energy, high-resolution (p, n) data is basically sound if careful analysis of the data is made.
- Nuclear reactions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics