One-neutron knockout from individual single-particle states of 11Be

Phys Rev Lett. 2000 Jan 3;84(1):35-8. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.35.


The structure of the halo nucleus 11Be has been studied using the reaction 9Be(11Be,10Be+gamma)X at 60 MeV/nucleon. The ground state structure of 11Be is determined by comparing the experimental cross sections to a calculation combining spectroscopic factors from the shell model with l-dependent single-particle cross sections obtained in an eikonal model. This experiment shows the dominant 1s single-particle character of the 11Be ground state and indicates a small contribution of 0d admixture in the wave function. After correction for the approximately 22% intensity to excited levels, a clean and precise distribution of parallel momentum for knockout from the 1s halo wave function is obtained for the first time.