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The nuclear three-body system, with two halo neutrons very weakly coupled to a heavy core, is studied to investigate necessary conditions for the occurrence of Efimov states. Extending the analysis to the scattering sector, we find that these states evolve into Feshbach type resonances. This behaviour is very similar to the 20C nucleus in which the occurrence of Efimov states evolving into resonances in the elastic scattering of n?19C system has been investigated in recent publications. This work, thereby, extends the study of the Efimov effect beyond 20C, showing that 32Ne and 38Mg exhibit a very similar dynamical structure. These nuclei are, therefore, also candidates for probing experimentally the Efimov effect. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics

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