Measurement of Te-120(alpha,n) cross sections relevant to the astrophysical p process

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Palumbo A., Tan W. P. , Goerres J., Wiescher M., Ozkan N. , GÜRAY R. T. , ...More

PHYSICAL REVIEW C, vol.85, no.2, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 85 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevc.85.028801
  • Title of Journal : PHYSICAL REVIEW C


The statistical Hauser-Feshbach (HF) model performs poorly in calculating the (gamma, alpha) rates that are critical to the p process. Experimental work on elastic scattering of the tellurium isotopic chain [A. Palumbo et al. (unpublished)] provided a new parametrization of the alpha-optical potential and consequently new HF calculations of the (alpha, x) cross sections on Te120-130. However, reliable experimental cross sections of these isotopes have not been measured at energies relevant to the p process. To test the reliability of the HF calculations, we measured the (alpha, n) cross sections on Te-120, one of the p nuclei, using the activation technique. The results are compared with the HF model calculations.