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E19013 - Last MoNA Experiment of the CCF era, completed!

With a Herculian effort by all the NSCL/FRIB members of the collaboration, a complex triple coincidence experiment to explore reactions leading to 12Be in the final state. The neutron-unbound nucleus 13Be is known to decay to 12Be + n with a relativley low resonance energy but previous experiments had left it unclear whether the ground state of 12Be or its 0+ isomer was populated in the final state. This leads to a significant ambiguity in constructing the level-scheme. To resolve this ambiguity, we performed a triple coincidence (fragment, neutron, and microsecond-delayed gamma-rays). This experiment was run in September of 2020 during the COVID pandemic. A small group of faculty, staff, post-doctorial researchers, and graduate students setup, ran the experiment, and packed away the devices. This invloved moving several miles of cables, a few tons of detectors, and synchronizing three distinct data acquisition system. Many thanks from the rest of the collaboration!

Decay spectrum of Oxygen-26

Figure 1: Experimental setup showing CAESAR (CsI) surrounding the charged partcile telescope which detects delayed gamma-rays from stopped 12Be nuclei, and MoNA which detects the prompt neutrons from the in-flight decay of 13Be into 12Be + n.

Decay spectrum of Oxygen-26

Figure 2: Experimental setup showing CAESAR (CsI) surrounding the charged partcile telescope which detects and stops 12Be nuclei from the in-flight decay of 13Be. This telescope was designed, developed, and tested by Prof. Nathan Frank of Augustana College with MRI funding from the NSF (Grant 1827840).