Recent highlights and prospects on (n,$\gamma$) measurements at the CERN n_TOF facility

J. Lerendegui-Marco, V. Alcayne, V. Babiano-Suarez, M. Bacak, J. Balibrea-Correa, A. Casanovas, C. Domingo-Pardo, G. de la Fuente, B. Gameiro, F. García-Infantes, I. Ladarescu, E. Musacchio-Gonzalez, J. A. Pavón-Rodríguez, A. Tarifeño-Saldivia, the n_TOF Collaboration
Nuclear Experiment, Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex), Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
2023-10-23 16:00:00
Neutron capture cross-section measurements are fundamental in the study of the slow neutron capture (s-) process of nucleosynthesis and for the development of innovative nuclear technologies. One of the best suited methods to measure radiative neutron capture (n,$\gamma$) cross sections over the full stellar range of interest for all the applications is the time-of-flight (TOF) technique. Overcoming the current experimental limitations for TOF measurements, in particular on low mass unstable samples, requires the combination of facilities with high instantaneous flux, such as the CERN n_TOF facility, with detection systems with an enhanced detection sensitivity and high counting rate capabilities. This contribution presents a summary about the recent highlights in the field of (n,$\gamma$) measurements at n_TOF. The recent upgrades in the facility and in new detector concepts for (n,\g) measurements are described. Last, an overview is given on the existing limitations and prospects for TOF measurements involving unstable targets and the outlook for activation measurements at the brand new high-flux n_TOF-NEAR station.
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