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Decay of the key 92-keV resonance in the 25Mg(p,γ) reaction to the ground and isomeric states of the cosmic γ-ray emitter 26Al (2021)


Kankainen, A., Woods, P., Doherty, D., Albers, H., Albers, M., Ayangeakaa, A., Carpenter, M., Chiara, C., Harker, J., Janssens, R., Lederer-Woods, C., Seweryniak, D., Strieder, F., & Zhu, S. (2021). Decay of the key 92-keV resonance in the 25Mg(p,γ) reaction to the ground and isomeric states of the cosmic γ-ray emitter 26Al. Physics Letters B, 813, Article 136033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2020.136033


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All authors or editors: Kankainen, A.; Woods, P.J.; Doherty, D.T.; Albers, H.M.; Albers, M.; Ayangeakaa, A.D.; Carpenter, M.P.; Chiara, C.J.; Harker, J.L.; Janssens, R.V.F.; et al.

Journal or series: Physics Letters B

ISSN: 0370-2693

eISSN: 1873-2445

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 813

Article number: 136033

Publisher: Elsevier BV

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2020.136033

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73504


Abstract

The 92-keV resonance in the 25Mg(p,γ)26Al reaction plays a key role in the production of 26Al at astrophysical burning temperatures of ≈100 MK in the Mg-Al cycle. However, the state can decay to feed either the ground, 26gAl, or isomeric state, 26mAl. It is the ground state that is critical as the source of cosmic γ rays. It is therefore important to precisely determine the ground-state branching fraction f0 of this resonance. Here we report on the identification of four γ-ray transitions from the 92-keV resonance, and determine the spin of the state and its ground-state branching fraction f0=0.52(2)stat(6)syst. The f0 value is the most precise reported to date, and at the lower end of the range of previously adopted values, implying a lower production rate of 26gAl and its cosmic 1809-keV γ rays.


Keywords: nuclear physics; astrophysics; cosmic radiation

Free keywords: nuclear astrophysics; 26Al; γ spectroscopy; cosmic γ rays


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Reporting Year: 2021

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