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The 18F(p,α)15O reaction is the predominant destruction mechanism in novae of the radionuclide F18, a target of γ-ray observatories. Thus, its rate is important for understanding F18 production in novae. We have studied resonances in the 18F+p system by making a measurement of a proton-transfer reaction 18F(d,n). We have observed 15 Ne19 levels, 5 of which are below the proton threshold, including a subthreshold state, which has significant l p=0 strength. Our data provide a direct determination of the spectroscopic strength of these states and new constraints on their spins and parities, thereby resolving a controversy, which involves the 8- and 38-keV resonances. The 18F(p,α)15O reaction rate is reevaluated, which takes the subthreshold resonance and other new information determined in this experiment into account. © 2011 American Physical Society.

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Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics