Search for Light Neutron-Deficient Nuclei Produced in 800 MeV Proton Spallation Reactions
Defining the limits of particle stability in the light mass region provides a challenge to both the experimentalist and the theorist. The surprising discoveries of the particle stability of the neutron-rich nuclei 11Li (ref. 1), 14Be (ref. 2), 19C (ref. 3), and 32,34Na (ref. 4), which were predicted to be unstable with respect to one or two neutron emission, pointed out significant deficiencies in the understanding of the nuclear mass surface for light nuclei far from the valley of β-stability. Today such measurements of very neutron-rich or very neutron-deficient nuclei remain one of the most critical tests of current nuclear mass theories.
KeywordsFlight Time Total Kinetic Energy Particle Stability Dead Layer Detector Telescope
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