Regular Article – Experimental Physics
Quasi-free scattering in inverse kinematics as a tool to unveil the structure of nuclei
A tribute to Mahir S. Hussein
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, 64291, Darmstadt, Germany
2 Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachbereich Physik, 64289, Darmstadt, Germany
3 Helmholtz Research Academy for FAIR, 64289, Darmstadt, Germany
4 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 75429, Commerce, TX, USA
Accepted: 18 February 2021
Published online: 23 March 2021
Quasi-free scattering of electrons and protons has been extensively utilized in the past to study the single-particle structure of nuclei, clustering in light nuclei, and short-range correlated nucleon–nucleon pairs in nuclei. Recently, this approach has been applied in inverse kinematics using hydrogen targets. The characteristic features of this reaction and the experimental challenges and advantages of inverse-kinematics experiments are summarized. The applicability to radioactive beams opens a large research potential to study a variety of properties of neutron-to-proton asymmetric nuclei. Applications of quasi-free scattering in inverse kinematics and its potential are reviewed based on recent and ongoing research programs at different accelerator facilities worldwide.
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