Elastic and inelastic scattering as a means of identifying shell closuresS. Karataglidis1, K. Amos2 and B.A. Brown3
1 Department of Physics and Electronics, Rhodes University, 6140 Grahamstown, South Africa
2 School of Physics, University of Melbourne, 3010 Victoria, Australia
3 NSCL and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing 48824-1321, USA
Published online: 21 May 2008
It has been suggested that the magic numbers in nuclei are modified as one approaches the drip lines from the valley of stability. It is proposed that elastic and inelastic proton scattering along the isotope chain to the drip line may be a good means to observe this. Using the even-mass Carbon isotopes as an example, we find that the elastic cross sections define the mass-changing character of the nuclei. Those of the inelastic scattering to the states reflect strongly the neutron shell closure at 14C. Implications for future experiments are discussed.
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