Photoexcitation of astrophysically important states in Mg26. II. Ground-state-transition partial widths
The level structure of Mg26 near the neutron-separation energy, which is of interest for s-process nucleosynthesis, was studied at the High Intensity Gamma-Ray Source of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory using the method of nuclear resonance fluorescence. A nearly monoenergetic and linearly polarized γ-ray beam was used to scan the excitation energy range from 10.5 to 11.7 MeV. For the five states observed, the total widths and partial widths are determined. Precise measurement of these widths is necessary for the prediction of neutron production for the s-process.