18-22 September 2023
GSI Darmstadt, Germany
Europe/Berlin timezone

Precise Measurement of Total Interaction Cross Sections of 12C+12C with R3B

20 Sep 2023, 10:13
Main Lecture Hall (GSI Darmstadt, Germany)

Main Lecture Hall

GSI Darmstadt, Germany

Südbau (SB1), GSI Campus
Poster Nuclear structure, short-range correlations and direct reactions Poster flash talks


Lukas Ponnath (Technische Universität München(TUM-PE18))


The R3B (Reactions with Relativistic Radioactive ion Beams) experiment
as a major instrument of the NUSTAR collaboration for the research facility
FAIR in Darmstadt, enables kinematically complete measurements of reactions
with high-energy radioactive beams. Part of the broad physics program of R3B
is to gain a deep insight into the nuclear structure and dynamics of exotic nuclei
far off stability.
A promising approach to constrain the slope parameter of the symmetry energy
at saturation density is by measuring the neutron-skin thickness of neutron-rich
nuclei via total reaction or total neutron-removal cross sections reactions. A di-
rect comparison of integrated cross sections with predictions based on a realistic
reaction model allows to determine the matter radius.
For a precise determination of the neutron-skin thickness, it is essential to quan-
tify the uncertainty and challenge the reaction model under stable conditions.
The measurement of the total interaction cross sections of 12C+12C collisions
at relativistic energies represents the perfect case for a direct comparison with
The S444 commissioning experiment for R3B, performed in the FAIR Phase-0
campaign in 2019, was the first operation of many new R3B detectors in a com-
mon setup. During this successful commissioning, we have precisely measured
the energy dependence of total interaction cross sections of a 12C beam on a 12C
target, which is poorly known for energies above 400 MeV/nucleon. In my talk,
I will present the results of the analysis and discuss the technique and evaluated
error budget for the different steps, also applicable for exotic nuclei in the future.
(Results presented here are based on the experiment s444/s473, which was per-
formed at the beamline infrastructure Cave-C at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer
Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany) in the context of FAIR Phase-0.
The project was supported by BMBF 05P21WOFN1 and 05P19WOFN1)

Primary author

Lukas Ponnath (Technische Universität München(TUM-PE18))

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