Section III. Nuclear physics and astrophysicsStudy of nuclei far from stability with recoil mass spectrometer
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AbstractFusion reactions with heavy ions near the Coulomb barrier provide a direct means of producing nuclei far from stability. However, the cross sections for producing neutron deficient nuclei is often small (≲ 1 mb), whereas the total fusion cross section is of the order of several hundred mb. A recoil mass spectrometer (RMS) along with other detectors, such as neutron detectors, to tag the reaction products provides the needed sensitivity for nuclear structure studies on these neutron deficient nuclei. We have identified and carried out spectroscopy studies on several nuclei in the A = 70 region using the RMS at the University of Rochester. These results and the potentialities of the new RMSs in nuclear structure studies will be discussed.

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