Title

The array for nuclear astrophysics studies with exotic nuclei (ANASEN)

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

12-1-2010

Abstract

Reactions involving radioactive nuclei play an important role in stellar explosions, but experimental information about most reactions involving short-lived nuclei is limited. New facilities aim to provide wider access to unstable isotopes, but the limited intensities that are available require more efficient and selective techniques and devices to study the reactions important for astrophysics. The Array for Nuclear Astrophysics Studies with Exotic Nuclei (ANASEN) is a charged-particle detector array designed primarily for studies of reactions important in the αp- and rp- processes with proton-rich exotic nuclei. The array consists of 40 silicon-strip detectors backed with CsI scintillators. The detectors cover an area of about 1300 cm2 providing essentially complete solid angle coverage for the reactions of interest with good energy and position resolution. ANASEN also includes a position-sensitive annular gas proportional counter that allows it to be used as an active gas target/detector. One of the primary goals of ANASEN is the direct measurement of (α,p) reactions in inverse kinematics. ANASEN is also well suited for studies of proton elastic and inelastic scattering, (p,α) reactions and transfer reactions, which will also be studied to indirectly determine reaction rates important for astrophysics. The array is being developed by Louisiana State University and Florida State University, and will be used primarily at the RESOLUT radioactive ion beam facility at FSU and the ReA3 facility at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. © Copyright owned by the author(s).

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Proceedings of Science

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