Initial State Interaction for the Ne-20

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Carbone D., Linares R., Amador-Valenzuela P., Calabrese S., Cappuzzello F., Cavallaro M., ...More

UNIVERSE, vol.7, no.3, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/universe7030058
  • Title of Journal : UNIVERSE
  • Keywords: initial state interaction, elastic and inelastic scattering, MAGNEX magnetic spectrometer, coupled-channel calculations, optical potential, double charge exchange reactions, double beta decay


Double charge exchange (DCE) reactions could provide experimentally driven information about nuclear matrix elements of interest in the context of neutrinoless double-beta decay. To achieve this goal, a detailed description of the reaction mechanism is mandatory. This requires the full characterization of the initial and final-state interactions, which are poorly known for many of the projectile-target systems involved in future DCE studies. Among these, we intend to study the Ne-20 + Te-130 and O-18 + Sn-116 systems at 15.3 AMeV, which are particularly relevant due to their connection with the Te-130 -> Xe-130 and Cd-116 -> Sn-116 double-beta decays. We measure the elastic and inelastic scattering cross-section angular distributions and compare them with theoretical calculations performed in the optical model, one-step distorted wave Born approximation, and coupled-channel approaches using the Sao Paulo double-folding optical potential. A good description of the experimental data in the whole explored range of transferred momenta is obtained provided that couplings with the 2(1)(+) states of the projectile and target are explicitly included within the coupled-channel approach. These results are relevant also in the analysis of other quasi-elastic reaction channels in these systems, in which the same couplings should be included.