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Original languageEnglish
Article numberL032803
JournalPhysical Review C
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2021


Neutron destruction reactions of the cosmic γ-ray emitter Al26 are of importance to determine the amount of Al26 ejected into our galaxy by supernova explosions and for Al26 production in asymptotic giant branch stars. We performed a new measurement of the Al26(n,α) reaction up to 160-keV neutron energy at the neutron time-of-flight facilities n_TOF at CERN and GELINA at EC-JRC. We provide strengths for ten resonances, six of them for the first time. We use our data to calculate astrophysical reactivities for stellar temperatures up to 0.7 GK. Our results resolve a discrepancy between the two previous direct measurements of this reaction, and indicate higher stellar destruction rates than the most recently recommended reactivity.


Funding Information: We thank P. Black (University of Edinburgh) for support in design and construction of the detection system and P. Morrall (Daresbury Laboratory) for production of the B and LiF reference samples. This Letter was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Project No. J3503, by JRC-IRMM through the EUFRAT Program, by the U.K. Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), Projects No. ST/L005824/1 and No. ST/M006085/1, the European Research Council ERC-2015-STG Grant No. 677497, and the Cost Action “ChETEC” (Grant No. CA16117). Publisher Copyright: © 2021 authors. Published by the 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.

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