Reactions involving radioactive nuclei play an important role in stellar explosions, but those reactions involving short-lived nuclei have only limited experimental information available due to currently limited beam intensities. Several facilities are aiming to provide greater access to these unstable isotopes at higher beam intensities, but more efficient and selective techniques and devices are needed to properly study these important reactions. The Array for Nuclear Astrophysics Studies with Exotic Nuclei (ANASEN), a charged particle detector designed by Louisiana State University (LSU) and Florida State University (FSU), was created for this purpose. ANASEN is used to study the reactions important in the αp- and rp- processes with proton-rich exotic nuclei, providing essentially complete solid angle coverage through an array of 40 silicon-strip detectors backed with CsI scintillators, covering an area of roughly 1300 cm2. ANASEN also includes an active gas target/detector in a position-sensitive annular gas proportional counter, which allows direct measurement of (α,p) reactions in inverse kinematics. The first in-beam measurements with a partial implementation of ANASEN were performed at the RESOLUT radioactive beam facility of FSU during the summer of 2011. They included stable beam experiments and measurements of the 17F(p,p) 17F and 17F(p,α)14O reactions which are important to understanding the structure of 18Ne and the 14O(α,p)17F reaction rate. The performance of ANASEN and initial results from the 17F studies will be presented. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.
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Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Linhardt, L., Baby, L., Bardayan, D., Blackmon, J., Gardiner, H., Johnson, E., Koschiy, E., MacOn, M., Matos, M., Rasco, B., Rogachev, G., Santiago-Gonzalez, D., & Wiedenhoever, I. (2012). Measurement of 17F + p reactions with ANASEN. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 403 (1) https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/403/1/012036