EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 163, 2017FUSION17
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||22 November 2017|
Direct measurement of the 7Be(n, α)4 He reaction cross sections for the cosmological Li problem
Department of Physics, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa-Oiwake, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
2 Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa-Oiwake, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
3 Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578, Japan
4 RIKEN Nishina Center, RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
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Published online: 22 November 2017
The cross sections of the 7Be(n, α)4He reaction for p-wave neutrons were experimentally determined at Ec.m. = 0.20−0.81 MeV close to the Big Bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) energy window for the first time on the basis of the detailed balance principle by measuring the time-reverse reaction. The obtained cross sections are much larger than the cross sections for s-wave neutrons inferred from the recent measurement at the n_TOF facility in CERN, but significantly smaller than the theoretical estimation widely used in the BBN calculations. The present results suggest the 7Be(n, α)4 He reaction rate is not large enough to solve the cosmological lithium problem
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