EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 275, 202311ᵗʰ European Summer School on Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Session 2: Contribution by Young Researchers|
|Published online||03 February 2023|
Experimental study of 37Cl(α,n)40K reaction in order to constrain the reaction rate of destruction of 40K in stars
1 Department of Physics, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859, USA
2 Department of Physics & Astronomy,Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA
3 Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
4 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
5 Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics –Center for the Evolution of the Elements, East Lansing, MI48824, USA
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Published online: 3 February 2023
40K is one of the main isotopes responsible for the radiogenic heating of the mantle in Earth-like exoplanets  and hence, plays a very important role in the internal geophysical dynamics of a planet. The abundance of 40K in the mantle and the core of such planets is not always possible to be determined by astrophysical observations, although constraining the nuclear reaction rates of 40K during stellar evolution can also lead to constraining the present amount of 40K in these planets, which will improve our understanding on the habitability potential of Earth-like exoplanets. This study aims to constrain the 40K(n,α)37Cl reaction rate, one of the two major destruction paths of 40K in stellar nucleosynthesis,by measuring the reverse reaction 37Cl(α,n)40K and applying the principle of detailed balance as we have done before for the 40K (40K(n,p)40Ar reaction rate) . During the first set of measurements we performed differential cross-section measurements of the 37Cl(α,n1γ)40K, 37Cl(α,n2γ)40K and 37Cl(α,n3γ)40K reaction channels, for six different center of mass energies in the range between 5.1 and 5.4 MeV. The experiment took place at the Edwards Accelerator Laboratory of Ohio University. The gamma rays from the reaction channels mentioned above were detected by two LaBr3 scintillators. Using the swinger facility to change the angle of the beam-target system with respect to the detection system, we were able to take measurements for the differential cross-section at six different angles between 20° and 120° in the lab system.
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