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Validating resonance properties using nuclear resonance fluorescence

Angell, C.; Hajima, Ryoichi; Hayakawa, Takehito; Shizuma, Toshiyuki; Karwowski, H.*; Silano, J.*

Measurement of a resonance's integrated cross section using nuclear resonance fluorescence can be a valuable tool for verifying the properties of the resonance because of the clear and unambiguous physical connection to the spin, lifetime, and ground state branching ratio of the level. We demonstrate this idea by measuring the integrated cross section of the 3.004 MeV level in $$^{27}$$Al to 4% using the mono-energetic $$gamma$$-ray beam at the High Intensity $$gamma$$-ray Source. That level was the subject of much debate experimentally in the 1960's, especially its spin, and even now only has a current tentative spin assignment of $$J=(9/2)$$. The consistency check between this integrated cross section and the known properties of the level indicate that one (or more)of the literature properties is incorrect. Based on the range of extent of each property, a re-assignment of spin to atentative $$J=(7/2)$$ may be warranted, but this would need to be confirmed with other measurements. This result demonstrates the utility of NRF as a way to verify the properties of states in the literature before undertaking more extensive measurements.

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