New Ne-19 level observed with a thick target F-18(p,p)F-18 measurement

Bardayan D., Blackmon J., del Campo J., Kozub R., Liang J., Ma Z., ...More

NUCLEAR PHYSICS A, vol.758, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier


The rates of the F-18 (p, alpha)O-15 and F-18(p, gamma)Ne-19 reactions in astrophysical environments depend on the properties of Ne-19 levels above the F-18 + p threshold. There are at least 8 levels in the mirror nucleus F-19 for which analogs have not been observed in Ne-19 in the excitation energy range E-x = 6.4 - 7.6 MeV. These levels may significantly enhance the F-18 + p reaction rates, and thus we have made a search for these levels by measuring the H-1(F-18,p)F-18 excitation function over the energy range E-c.m. = 0.3 - 1.3 MeV. We have identified and measured the properties of a newly observed level at E-x = 7.420 +/- 0.014 MeV. which is most likely the mirror to the J(pi) = (7)/(+)(2) F-19 level at 7.56 MeV. We have additionally found a significant discrepancy with a recent compilation for the properties of a Ne-19 state at E-x = 7.5 MeV and set upper limits on the proton widths of missing levels.