Neutron-deuteron analyzing power data at En=22.5 MeV

G. J. Weisel, W. Tornow, A. S. Crowell, J. H. Esterline, G. M. Hale, C. R. Howell, P. D. O'Malley, J. R. Tompkins, H. Witała

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We present measurements of n-d analyzing power, Ay(θ), at En=22.5 MeV. The experiment uses a shielded neutron source which produced polarized neutrons via the 2H(d - ,n - )3He reaction. It also uses a deuterated liquid-scintillator center detector and six pairs of liquid-scintillator neutron side detectors. Elastic neutron scattering events are identified by using time-of-flight techniques and by setting a window in the center detector pulse-height spectrum. The beam polarization is monitored by using a high-pressure helium gas cell and an additional pair of liquid-scintillator side detectors. The n-d Ay(θ) data were corrected for finite-geometry and multiple-scattering effects using a Monte Carlo simulation of the experiment. The 22.5-MeV data demonstrate that the three-nucleon analyzing power puzzle also exists at this energy. They show a significant discrepancy with predictions of high-precision nucleon-nucleon potentials alone or combined with Tucscon-Melbourne or Urbana IX three-nucleon forces, as well as currently available effective-field theory based potentials of next-to-next-to-next-to- leading order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054001
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 12 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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