New Measurement of the Direct 3α Decay from the 12C Hoyle State

SMITH, Robin, KOKALOVA, Tz, WHELDON, C, BISHOP, J. E., FREER, M, CURTIS, N and PARKER, D. J. (2017). New Measurement of the Direct 3α Decay from the 12C Hoyle State. Physical Review Letters, 119, p. 132502.

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Abstract

Excited states in certain atomic nuclei possess an unusual structure, where the dominant degrees of freedom are those of α clusters rather than individual nucleons. It has been proposed that the diffuse 3α system of the 12C Hoyle state may behave like a Bose-Einstein condensate, where the α clusters maintain their bosonic identities. By measuring the decay of the Hoyle state into three α particles, we obtained an upper limit for the rare direct 3α decay branch of 0.047%. This value is now at a level comparable with theoretical predictions and could be a sensitive probe of the structure of this state.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Departments: Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Engineering and Mathematics
Identification Number: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.132502
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Depositing User: Robin Smith
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 11:11
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 11:19
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16973

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