The Texas-Edinburgh-Catania Silicon Array (TECSA): A detector for nuclear astrophysics and nuclear structure studies with rare isotope beams

ArticleinNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment 634:71-76 · April 2011with21 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2011.01.035
We present the details of the construction and commissioning of the Texas-Edinburgh-Catania Silicon Array (TECSA). TECSA is composed of up to 16 Micron Semiconductor Ltd. type-YY1 silicon strip detectors and associated electronics, which is designed for use in studies of nuclear astrophysics and nuclear structure with rare isotope beams. TECSA was assembled at the Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute and will be housed there for the next few years. The array was commissioned in a recent experiment where the d((14)C,p)(15)C reaction at 11.7 MeV/u was measured in inverse kinematics. The results of the measurement and a discussion of the future use of this array are presented. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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