Wednesday, April 17, 2013

1304.4507 (S. Mosby et al.)

Search for $^{21}$C and constraints on $^{22}$C    [PDF]

S. Mosby, N. S. Badger, T. Baumann, D. Bazin, M. Bennett, J. Brown, G. Christian, P. A. DeYoung, J. E. Finck, M. Gardner, J. D. Hinnefeld, E. A. Hook, E. M. Lunderberg, B. Luther, D. A. Meyer, M. Mosby, G. F. Peaslee, W. F. Rogers, J. K. Smith, J. Snyder, A. Spyrou, M. J. Strongman, M. Thoennessen
A search for the neutron-unbound nucleus $^{21}$C was performed via the single proton removal reaction from a beam of 22 N at 68 MeV/u. Neutrons were detected with the Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) in coincidence with $^{20}$C fragments. No evidence for a low-lying state was found, and the reconstructed $^{20}$C+n decay energy spectrum could be described with an s-wave line shape with a scattering length limit of |as| < 2.8 fm, consistent with shell model predictions. A comparison with a renormalized zero-range three-body model suggests that $^{22}$C is bound by less than 70 keV.
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