7Be(n,p)7Li Reaction and the Cosmological Lithium Problem: Measurement of the Cross Section in a Wide Energy Range at n_TOF at CERN

Damone, L. and Bosnar, Damir and Žugec, Petar (n_TOF Collaboration) (2018) 7Be(n,p)7Li Reaction and the Cosmological Lithium Problem: Measurement of the Cross Section in a Wide Energy Range at n_TOF at CERN. Physical Review Letters, 121 (4). pp. 42701-7. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract

We report on the measurement of the 7Be(n,p)7Li cross section from thermal to approximately 325 keV neutron energy, performed in the high-flux experimental area (EAR2) of the n_TOF facility at CERN. This reaction plays a key role in the lithium yield of the big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) for standard cosmology. The only two previous time-of-flight measurements performed on this reaction did not cover the energy window of interest for BBN, and they showed a large discrepancy between each other. The measurement was performed with a Si telescope and a high-purity sample produced by implantation of a 7Be ion beam at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. While a significantly higher cross section is found at low energy, relative to current evaluations, in the region of BBN interest, the present results are consistent with the values inferred from the time-reversal 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction, thus yielding only a relatively minor improvement on the so-called cosmological lithium problem. The relevance of these results on the near-threshold neutron production in the p+7Li reaction is also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cosmological Lithium problem, Big bang nucleosynthesis, 7Be(n, p)7Li reaction, n_TOF
Date: 2018
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Additional Information: © 2018 American Physical Society. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI. Received 16 March 2018; revised manuscript received 9 May 2018; published 24 July 2018.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Publisher: American Physical Society
Depositing User: Gordana Stubičan Ladešić
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 08:45
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2018 08:45
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5859

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