Experimental determination of the quasi-projectile mass with measured neutrons
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The investigation of the isospin dependence of multifragmentation reactions relies on precise reconstruction of the fragmenting source. The criteria used to assign free emitted neutrons, detected with the TAMU Neutron Ball, to the quasi-projectile source are investigated in the framework of two different simulation codes. Overall and source-specific detection efficiencies for multifragmentation events are found to be model independent. The equivalence of the two different methods used to assign experimentally detected charged particles and neutrons to the emitting source is shown. The method used experimentally to determine quasi-projectile emitted free neutron multiplicity is found to be reasonably accurate and sufficiently precise as to allow for the study of well-defined quasi-projectile sources. Experimental QP neutron multiplicity distributions for three similar reactions with different isospin content are also presented. An increase in neutron emission is found for more n-rich systems. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
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Marini, P., Zarrella, A., Bonasera, A., Bonasera, G., Cammarata, P., Heilborn, L., ... Yennello, S. J.