Dr. Longland’s research group and their collaborators at the University of Edinburgh, UK, have recently had their paper on constraining the 25Al+p reaction rate in classical nova explosions. By studying the 25Mg(d,p)26Mg, excited states in the mirror nucleus were populated and neutron spectroscopic factors were extracted. We measured the spectroscopic factor of the key 0+ resonance and set a stringent upper limit on the 1+ resonance. The result of these findings is a dramatic decrease of the reaction rate below 200 MK.
The paper will be published soon in the European Journal of Physics A.