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Formation of $$alpha$$ clusters in dilute neutron-rich matter

Tanaka, Junki*; Yang, Z.*; Typel, S.*; Adachi, Satoshi*; Bai, S.*; Van Beek, P.*; Beaumel, D.*; Fujikawa, Yuki*; Han, J.*; Heil, S.*; Huang, S.*; Inoue, Azusa*; Jiang, Y.*; Kn$"o$sel, M.*; Kobayashi, Nobuyuki*; Kubota, Yuki*; Liu, W.*; Lou, J.*; Maeda, Yukie*; Matsuda, Yohei*; Miki, Kenjiro*; Nakamura, Shoken*; Ogata, Kazuyuki*; Panin, V.*; Scheit, H.*; Schindler, F.*; Schrock, P.*; Symochko, D.*; Tamii, Atsushi*; Uesaka, Tomohiro*; Wagner, V.*; Yoshida, Kazuki  ; Zenihiro, Juzo*; Aumann, T.*

By employing quasi-free $$alpha$$-cluster-knockout reactions, we obtained direct experimental evidence for the formation of $$alpha$$ clusters at the surface of neutron-rich tin isotopes. The observed monotonous decrease of the reaction cross sections with increasing mass number, in excellent agreement with the theoretical prediction, implies a tight interplay between $$alpha$$-cluster formation and the neutron skin.

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