Study of neutron-neutron correlation in Borromean nucleus 11Li via the quasi-free (p,pn) reaction

8 Jun 2018, 14:24
Kunibiki Messe (Matsue)

Kunibiki Messe


Oral contribution Session 17


Dr Yuki Kubota (RIKEN Nishina Center)


Dineutron correlation is one of the phenomena expected to appear in neutron drip-line nuclei. It has been studied using different approaches, such as the transfer reaction and the break up reaction. However, currently available data seem to be insufficient to study the neutron-neutron correlation in terms of (i) the decomposition of high-angular-momentum components, (ii) the extraction of a core excitation, (iii) and the effect of final state interactions (FSIs)[1]. In the present study, (i) the MINOS[2] was used for higher luminosity, (ii) γ rays were detected to tag the core excitation, (iii) and the quasi-free (p,pn) reaction was employed to minimize the FSI. In order to determine the neutron momentum distribution, the kinematically complete measurement was performed. The opening angle between the two neutrons was reconstructed from the measured momentum vectors of all the particles involved in the reaction.
The experiment was carried out by using the SAMURAI spectrometer[3] combined with the liquid hydrogen target system MINOS. Momentum vectors of a knocked-out neutron and a recoil proton were respectively determined by the neutron detector WINDS and a recoil proton detector setup, developed for this project. Decay neutrons and heavy fragments were momentum analyzed by the neutron detector NEBULA and the SAMURAI spectrometer, respectively.
The results on 11Li will be presented in this talk.

[1]  Y. Kikuchi et al., Phys. Rev. C 87, 034606 (2013).
[2]  A. Obertelli et al., Eur. Phys. Jour. A 50, 8 (2014).
[3]  T. Kobayashi et al., Nucl. Instr. Meth. B 317, 294(2013).

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Dr Yuki Kubota (RIKEN Nishina Center)

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