A1 Journal article (refereed)
Measurement of the 2+→0+ ground-state transition in the β decay of 20F (2019)

Kirsebom, O. S., Hukkanen, M., Kankainen, A., Trzaska, W. H., Strömberg, D. F., Martínez-Pinedo, G., Andersen, K., Bodewits, E., Brown, B. A., Canete, L., Cederkäll, J., Enqvist, T., Eronen, T., Fynbo, H. O. U., Geldhof, S., de Groote, R., Jokinen, A., Joshi, P., Khanam, A., . . . Äystö, J. (2019). Measurement of the 2+→0+ ground-state transition in the β decay of 20F. Physical Review C, 100(6), Article 065805. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.100.065805

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All authors or editors: Kirsebom, O. S.; Hukkanen, M.; Kankainen, A.; Trzaska, W. H.; Strömberg, D. F.; Martínez-Pinedo, G.; Andersen, K.; Bodewits, E.; Brown, B. A.; Canete, L.; et al.

Journal or series: Physical Review C

ISSN: 2469-9985

eISSN: 2469-9993

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 100

Issue number: 6

Article number: 065805

Publisher: American Physical Society

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.100.065805

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67369

Publication is parallel published: https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.08149


We report the first detection of the second-forbidden, nonunique, 2+→0+, ground-state transition in the β decay of 20F. A low-energy, mass-separated 20F+ beam produced at the IGISOL facility in Jyväskylä, Finland, was implanted in a thin carbon foil and the β spectrum measured using a magnetic transporter and a plastic-scintillator detector. The β-decay branching ratio inferred from the measurement is bβ=[0.41±0.08(stat)±0.07(sys)]×10−5 corresponding to logft=10.89(11), making this one of the strongest second-forbidden, nonunique β transitions ever measured. The experimental result is supported by shell-model calculations and has significant implications for the final evolution of stars that develop degenerate oxygen-neon cores. Using the new experimental data, we argue that the astrophysical electron-capture rate on 20Ne is now known to within better than 25% at the relevant temperatures and densities.

Keywords: nuclear physics

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Reporting Year: 2019

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