Sample records for tetraneutrons

  1. Can Tetraneutron be a Narrow Resonance? (United States)

    Fossez, K; Rotureau, J; Michel, N; Płoszajczak, M


    The search for a resonant four-neutron system has been revived thanks to the recent experimental hints reported in [1]. The existence of such a system would deeply impact our understanding of nuclear matter and requires a critical investigation. In this work, we study the existence of a four-neutron resonance in the quasistationary formalism using ab initio techniques with various two-body chiral interactions. We employ no-core Gamow shell model and density matrix renormalization group method, both supplemented by the use of natural orbitals and a new identification technique for broad resonances. We demonstrate that while the energy of the four-neutron system may be compatible with the experimental value, its width must be larger than the reported upper limit, supporting the interpretation of the experimental observation as a reaction process too short to form a nucleus.

  2. Search for the existence of the tetra-neutron through the He{sup 8}(d,Li{sup 6})4n nuclear reaction; Recherche de l'existence eventuelle du tetraneutron via la reaction de transfert {sup 8}He(d, {sup 6}Li)4n

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    Rich, E


    The He{sup 8}(d,Li{sup 6})4n reaction is studied through reverse kinematics: a radioactive beam of He{sup 8} nuclei impinges on a CD{sub 2} target. The measurement of the energy spectrum and emission angle distribution of Li{sup 6} has allowed us to determine by applying kinematics laws the excitation energy spectrum of the 4 neutrons system released in the reaction. The first chapter recalls the main features of the nucleon-nucleon interaction and reviews recent experiments on multi-neutrons. The second chapter presents the experimental setting from the production of the He{sup 8} beam at GANIL to the detection system of the reaction products via the data acquisition system. The method of the missing mass gives the mass of the 4 neutron system. The third and fourth chapters deal with the calibration of the detection system, the missing mass method is applied to the following reactions: C{sup 12}(d,Li{sup 6})Be{sup 8}, C{sup 12}(d,t)C{sup 11} and C{sup 12}(d,He{sup 3})B{sup 11}. The last chapter presents the experimental results. The analysis of the excitation energy spectrum of the 4 neutron systems shows no evidence for the existence of a bound state. We get a maximal limit of 60 {mu}b for the production cross section of a bound state. Complementary results concerning the excitation energy spectra of the di-neutron and tri-neutron released in the reactions: He{sup 8}(d,Li{sup 8})2n and He{sup 8}(d,Li{sup 7})3n are also presented. (A.C.)