EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 279, 2023Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics – X (NPA-X 2022)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||22 March 2023|
Towards a direct measurement of the 17O(p, γ)18F 65 keV resonance strength at LUNA
1 Università degli Studi di Padova, Via Marzolo 8 35136 Padova (Italy)
2 INFN Division of Padova, Via Marzolo 8 35136 Padova (Italy)
3 Università degli Studi di Bari, 70125 Bari, Italy
4 INFN, Sezione di Bari, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Published online: 22 March 2023
The 17O(p, γ)18F reaction plays a crucial role in the hydrogen burning phases of different stellar scenarios. At temperature of interest for AGB nucleosynthesis (20 MK < T < 80 MK) the main contribution to the astrophysical reaction rate comes from the poorly constrained 65 keV resonance. The strength of this resonance is presently determined only through indirect measurements, with a reported value of ωγ = (1.6 ± 0.3) 10−11 eV. With typical experimental quantities for beam current, isotopic enrichment and detection efficiency, this strength yields to an expected count rate of less than one count per Coulomb, making the direct measurement of this resonance extremely challenging.
A new high sensitivity setup has been installed at LUNA (Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics) of Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. The high performance LUNA 400kV accelerator underground location guarantees, indeed, a reduction of cosmic ray background by several orders of magnitude. The residual background was further reduced by a devoted shielding of lead and borated (5%) polyethylene. On the other hand, the 4π BGO detector efficiency was optimized installing aluminum target chamber and holder. With about 400 C accumulated on Ta2O5 targets, with nominal 17O enrichment of 90%, the LUNA collaboration has performed the first direct measurement of the 65 keV resonance strength.
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