A two-neutron unbound excited state of 24O was populated through a (d,d ) reaction at 83.4 MeV/nucleon. A state at E = 715 ± 110 (stat) ± 45 (sys) keV with a width of < 2 MeV was observed above the two-neutron separation energy placing it at 7.65 ± 0.2 MeV with respect to the ground state. Three-body correlations for the decay of 24O → 22O + 2n show clear evidence of a sequential decay through an intermediate state in 23O. Neither a di-neutron nor phase-space model for the three-body breakup were able to describe these correlations.
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Jones, M. D., N. Frank, T. Baumann, J. Brett, J. Bullaro, P. A. DeYoung, J. E. Finck, K. Hammerton, J. Hinnefeld, Z. Kohley, A. N. Kuchera, J. Pereira, A. Rabeh, W. F. Rogers, J. K. Smith, A. Spyrou, S. L. Stephenson, K. Stiefel, M. Tuttle-Timm, R. G. T. Zegers, and M. Thoennessen. "Two-neutron sequential decay of 24O." Physical Review C 92.5 (November 2015), 051306.
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