Coulomb dissociation of P-27 at 500 MeV/u
Journal article, 2016
The proton-capture reaction Si-26(p,gamma)(27) P was studied via Coulomb dissociation (CD) of P-27 at an incident energy of about 500 MeV/u. The three lowest-lying resonances in P-27 have been populated and their resonance strengths have been measured. In addition, a nonresonant direct-capture component was clearly identified and its astrophysical S factor measured. The experimental results are compared to Monte Carlo simulations of the CD process using a semiclassical model. Our thermonuclear reaction rates show good agreement with the rates from a recent compilation. With respect to the nuclear structure of P-27 we have found evidence for a negative-parity intruder state at 2.88-MeV excitation energy.