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Neutron capture cross sections of $$^{186}$$Os, $$^{187}$$Os, and $$^{189}$$Os for the Re-Os chronology

Segawa, Mariko   ; Masaki, Tomohiro*; Nagai, Yasuki*; Temma, Yasuyuki*; Shima, Tatsushi*; Mishima, Kenji*; Igashira, Masayuki*; Goriely, S.*; Koning, A.*; Hilaire, S.*

Discrete as well as continuum $$gamma$$-ray energy spectra from the neutron capture by $$^{186}$$Os, $$^{187}$$Os, and $$^{189}$$Os have been taken for the first time at 5 $$leq$$ En $$leq$$ 90 keV by an anti-Compton NaI(Tl) spectrometer. The detection of a weak discrete $$gamma$$-ray, about 0.5% of total $$gamma$$-ray strength, demonstrates the high sensitivity of the present measurement. The energy spectra enabled us to accurately determine the reaction cross sections with a small systematic uncertainty. Based on the new cross sections, we re-estimate on the basis of a careful reaction cross section calculation the correction factor F$$_{sigma}$$ for the neutron capture on the 9.75-keV first excited state in $$^{187}$$Os as a function of stellar temperature, as required to derive the age of the Galaxy within the Re-Os chronology.



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