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Angular distribution of $$gamma$$ rays from neutron-induced compound states of $$^{140}$$La

Okudaira, Takuya*; Takada, Shusuke*; Hirota, Katsuya*; Kimura, Atsushi; Kitaguchi, Masaaki*; Koga, Jun*; Nagamoto, Kosuke*; Nakao, Taro*; Okada, Anju*; Sakai, Kenji ; Shimizu, Hirohiko*; Yamamoto, Tomoki*; Yoshioka, Tamaki*

The angular distribution of individual $$gamma$$ rays, emitted from a neutron-induced compound-nuclear state via radiative capture reaction of $$^{139}$$La$$(n,gamma)$$ has been studied as a function of incident neutron energy in the epithermal region by using germanium detectors. An asymmetry $$A_{LH}$$ was defined as $$frac{N_{L}-N_{H}}{N_{L}+N_{H}}$$, where $$N_L$$ and $$N_H$$ are integrals of low- and high-energy region of a neutron resonance respectively, and we found that $$A_{LH}$$ has the angular dependence of $$(A cos theta_{gamma} + B)$$, where $$theta_{gamma}$$ is the emitted angle of $$gamma$$ rays, with $$A =- 0.3881 pm 0.0236$$ and $$B =- 0.0747 pm 0.0105$$ in 0.74-eV p-wave resonance. This angular distribution was analyzed within the framework of interference between s- and p-wave amplitudes in the entrance channel to the compound-nuclear state, and it is interpreted as the value of the partial p-wave neutron width corresponding to the total angular momentum of the incident neutron combined with the weak matrix element, in the context of the mechanism of enhanced parity-violating effects. Additionally, we use the result to quantify the possible enhancement of the breaking of time-reversal invariance in the vicinity of the p-wave resonance.

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