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6Li (1966LA04)

(See Energy Level Diagrams for 6Li)

GENERAL: See Table 6.4 [Table of Energy Levels] (in PDF or PS).

See also (1955AU1A, 1955LA1C, 1956ME1A, 1957FR1B, 1957HU1C, 1957LE1E, 1958PI1A, 1959BA1M, 1959BR1E, 1959FE1B, 1959SK1A, 1959UB1A, 1960AN1B, 1960JA1G, 1960KO1D, 1960PH1A, 1960TA1C, 1960WA1F, 1961BA1E, 1961KO1G, 1961SH1B, 1961TA05, 1961VA1G, 1962CO1D, 1962CR09, 1962DI1B, 1962FO08, 1962GA09, 1962IN02, 1962IN1C, 1962IN1A, 1962JA06, 1962ME1C, 1962NA1B, 1962SA1F, 1962ST1E, 1962WA1E, 1963BO1K, 1963BU1C, 1963DA04, 1963EL1D, 1963HA1H, 1963JA1C, 1963JO07, 1963KL1A, 1963KU03, 1963KU1B, 1963MO1F, 1963OL1B, 1963SA1F, 1963SC1J, 1963SC30, 1963VL1A, 1963WA1H, 1964GR1J, 1964JI1A, 1964MA1G, 1964MI16, 1964NE1E, 1964OL1A, 1964SA1F, 1964SH05, 1964ST1B, 1964WA1E, 1965BE1R, 1965BE1H, 1965BO1C, 1965DA1H, 1965EL1B, 1965GO1L, 1965HA1L, 1965JA04, 1965JA1L, 1965LO1G, 1965LO1H, 1965MA1N, 1965MU1A, 1965NE1C, 1965RA1E, 1965SA1J).

Ground state:

μ = +0.82201 nm (1965FU1G: see also (1962SC15)).

Q = (-)0.5 mb (1958TO34);

Q = -(0.80 ± 0.08) mb (1964WH01).

1. (a) 3He(3H, γ)6Li Qm = 15.793 Eb = 15.793
(b) 3He(3H, p)5He Qm = 11.138
(c) 3He(3H, p)4He + n Qm = 12.096
(d) 3He(3H, n)5Li Qm = 10.131
(e) 3He(3H, d)4He Qm = 14.321
(f) 3He(3H, 3H)3He

Capture γ-rays (reaction (a)) to the first three states of 6Li have been observed for E(3He) = 1 to 3 MeV: the differential cross section for the ground state transition (90°) varies from 1.4 μb/sr at E(3He) = 1.1 MeV to 8 μb/sr at 3.0 MeV. At E(3He) = 1.1 MeV the transitions to the 2.18 and 3.56 MeV states each have intensities ≈ 15% that of the ground-state transition (1963KO04).

Angular distributions and total cross sections for reactions (b), (c) and (e) are given by (1963KU18) for Et = 0.46 to 1.09 MeV. The total cross section has also been determined for E(3He) = 0.1 to 0.8 MeV (1953MO61), Et = 0.15 to 0.97 MeV (1960YO06), and at Et = 1.9 MeV (1963SM03). In the range Et = 0.46 to 1.09 MeV, the cross section increases from 27 to 53 mb (1963KU18). At Et = 1.9 MeV, it is 53 mb (1963SM03). The zero-energy cross section factor S0 ≈ 1000 keV · b (1964BA2B, 1964PA1A). See also (1961BA40).

The angular distribution of deuterons is isotropic at Et = 360 keV (1953MO61), but from 0.5 to 1 MeV it shows an increasingly strong maximum at 90°. It is suggested that the reaction proceeds via compound nucleus formation and that l = 1 is required (1963KU18).

For reaction (d), see (1963SM03). For reaction (f), see (1965LE02). See also (1963IN1A, 1963KU1H).

2. 4He(d, γ)6Li Qm = 1.472

An upper limit for capture radiation at Ed = 1.06 MeV (6Li* = 2.18 MeV) is 0.1 mb (1954SI07). A search for resonant capture radiation at Ed = 3.1 MeV (6Li* = 3.56 MeV) yields Γ < 0.2 eV. It is concluded that the intensity of parity non-conserving parts of the wave functions, F2 ≲ 10-7 (1958WI15).

3. (a) 4He(d, n)5Li Qm = -4.190 Eb = 1.472
(b) 4He(d, p)5He Qm = -3.182
(c) 4He(d, pn)4He Qm = -2.225

Neutron spectra have been measured at 0° for Ed = 7.9, 8.9 and 9.9 MeV, and at several angles at the higher energy. The neutrons show forward peaking, indicative of stripping via reaction (a). The differential cross section (0°) plotted for Ed = 4.5 to 18.6 MeV shows a monotonic rise from 0.5 to 150 mb/sr (1962LE12: see also (1964RO1D)). Neutron spectra at Ed = 18.6 MeV (θ = 0° and 180°) indicate participation of reactions (a) (0°) and (b) (180°) (1961RY01). The proton spectra are also forward peaked at Ed = 20.2 MeV (1960AR1A) and 24 and 27 MeV (1963ER02). The proton yield over the range from 6.5 to 8.7 MeV excitation in 6Li gives no evidence of a 7.4 MeV, T = 0 state (see Table 6.8 (in PDF or PS)) (1964OH01).

At Ed = 20.2 MeV, the (d, pn) cross section is nearly as large as that for the elastic scattering at θ ≈ 45° (1960AR1A). Reaction (c) is presumably forbidden by isospin selection rules near threshold (1955HE90). See also (1965TO01).

4. 4He(d, d)4He Eb = 1.472

Elastic scattering studies have been carried out by (1949BL66: 0.9 to 3.5 MeV), (1953LA28: 1.0 to 1.2 MeV), (1955GA26: 0.3 to 4.6 MeV), (1947GU1A: 6.5 MeV), (1951BU1C: 7.9 MeV), (1964SE07, 1964SE1G: 2.9 to 11.5 MeV), (1964OH02: 3.5 to 10 MeV), (1962ST19: 6.0 to 13.7 MeV), (1963RO23, 1964RO1D: 5.7 to 14.3 MeV), (1951AL26: 10.3 MeV), (1954FR22: 13.7 and 19.0 MeV), (1960AR1A: 20.2 MeV), (1964BR43: 21 MeV), (1963VA14: 24.9 MeV), (1963ER02: 21.3 to 27.3 MeV).

Phase shift analyses have been carried out for the range Ed = 0.3 to 4.2 MeV by (1955GA74) and for 3 to 10 MeV by (1964SE07); see also (1964MC1F). Extrapolated phase shifts based on an optical model have been calculated by (1960GA08). The experimental s-wave phase shift decreases monotonically from Ed = 0.3 to 10 MeV: in the range 0 to 4 MeV it can be accounted for by hard-sphere scattering with r = 5 fm; if a radius of 3.5 fm is chosen, a contribution from the ground state is required, with θ2α(g.s.) = 0.51 (1955GA74, 1960GA08). The d-wave phase shifts are split and exhibit resonance at Ex = 2.18 (3D3), 4.87 (3D2) and 6.24 MeV (3D1): see Table 6.5 (in PDF or PS) (1955GA74, 1964SE07). Single level analysis of the p-wave phase shifts indicate the possible presence of 2-, 1- and 0- levels at 6.8, 7.8 and 9 MeV (1964SE07: see, however, (1964MC1F)). Preliminary analysis of data in the range Ed = 5.6 to 12.5 MeV shows no effect from the presumptive T = 1 levels at Ex = 5.35, 6.63 and 8.37 MeV (1963RO23), nor from the suggested T = 0 state at 7.4 MeV (1964MC1F). At Ed = 21 to 27 MeV, increasing complexity of the angular distributions suggest l = 3 wave contributions (1963ER02). See also (1964MC1F).

A (d + α) model has been constructed by (1960GA08) to reproduce the phase shifts of (1955GA74); with this model, phase shifts and polarization parameters have been extrapolated to 14 MeV. Polarization parameters have also been calculated for Ed = 1.07 MeV (1959GO1H, 1959PO1C), at 2 and 3.5 MeV by (1959PH1B). A measurement at Ed = 1.07 MeV is consistent with expectation (1961PO01). Tensor polarization parameters for Ed = 4 to 7.5 MeV, measured by (1964MC1E, 1964SE1F), are in fair agreement with calculations of (1960GA08, 1964SE07). See also (1960DU1C, 1965GR1Q, 1965SE1E).

5. 4He(3He, p)6Li Qm = -4.021

Differential cross sections for formation of the ground and 2.18 MeV states of 6Li have been measured for Eα = 27.5 to 41 MeV. Protons to the 3.56 MeV state were not observed: intensity < 1/5 of ground state group (1961CH09).

6. 6He(β-)6Li Qm = 3.510

See 6He.

7. 6Li(γ, γ)6Li

The width, Γγ, of the 3.56 MeV state is in good agreement with that expected from the intermediate coupling shell model (8.7 eV): see Table 6.6 (in PDF or PS) (1959CO67, 1963SK02). See also (1961VA1G, 1962BO17, 1962SE02).

8. (a) 6Li(γ, n)5Li Qm = -5.662
(b) 6Li(γ, p)5He Qm = -4.655
(c) 6Li(γ, d)4He Qm = -1.472
(d) 6Li(γ, t)3He Qm = -15.793

The total cross section for photoneutrons, measured with E(brems) = 5 to 20 MeV exhibits a peak at Eγ = 12.5 MeV, σ = 2.8 ± 0.53 mb (1959RO62). Measurements with monochromatic γ-rays have been made for Eγ = 5.4 to 9.0 MeV by (1964GR40) and from 10 to 32 MeV by (1965BE42). The former work shows a smooth rise, with a possible peak at 6.75 MeV, while the latter yields a maximum at ≈ 12 MeV, σ ≈ 1.6 mb and a gentle decrease to 0.6 mb at 32 MeV. See also (1951TI06, 1956ED15, 1964SH27). Another peak, at Eγ ≈ 26 MeV is reported by (1963CO15): it is suggested that this peak corresponds to giant resonance excitation of the α-particle core (see also (1963BI10, 1963CO1D)); however, (1965BE42) find no evidence for this peak. At E(brems) = 17.3 MeV, 58% of the neutrons are ascribed to reaction (a), 31% to (b). A search for n - p correlations expected on the quasi-deuteron model for (γ, np) yielded a negative result (1960PR06). The integrated cross section (total neutrons) to 40 MeV is about 40 MeV · mb (1963CO15). See also (1964ER1B).

Photoprotons have been observed with Eγ up to 90 MeV: see (1959AJ76) and (1960BA45, 1962CH26, 1962VO1C). A peak in the proton spectrum corresponding to Ex = 6.63 or Ex = 7.94 MeV is reported by (1965SH1F). See also (1960KO14, 1961MA29, 1964BA2C, 1964ER1B, 1964MA1X).

The cross section for reaction (c) is ≲ 5 μb in the range Eγ = 2.6 to 17 MeV (see (1959AJ76)) consistent with the expected inhibition of dipole absorption by isospin selection rules. In common with other (γ, d) reactions in light nuclei, an effective threshold first appears when sufficient energy is available to release at least one particle in addition to the deuteron (1962CH26, 1962VO1C, 1962VO1D). Resonant capture at the 2.18 MeV state is observed by (1959DA04): a value Γγ = 30 μeV is obtained. See also (1964KO1F).

For reaction (d), see (1962VO1C, 1964KO1F, 1965SH1F).

9. (a) 6Li(e, e)6Li
(b) 6Li(e, p)5He Qm = -4.655
(c) 6Li(e, d)4He Qm = -1.472

Elastic scattering has been studied at Ee = 187 (1955ST85, 1956HO93) and 426 MeV (1958BU17). Several different charge distributions provide acceptable fits to the observed form factors. The maximum charge density is 0.064 protons · fm-3, Rrms = 2.70 ± 0.15 fm (1958BU17, 1959ME24, 1960JA1G: see also (1958CA1B, 1963BO1K, 1963SC1J)). Magnetic elastic scattering at Ee = 41.5 MeV, θ = 180°, has been studied by (1963GO04).

Inelastic spectra have been reported by (1960BA47: Ee = 40 MeV; θ = 132°, 160°), (1963BA19: Ee = 41.5 MeV; θ = 180°), (1964GO15: 75 MeV), (1963BI10: 101.4 MeV; θ = 60°) and (1963BE25: 180 MeV). Table 6.6 (in PDF or PS) summarizes the results. [For a review of the inelastic work to 1962, see (1962BA1D).] The inelastic spectrum of (1963BI10) shows two major absorption regions, from 9 to 17.5 MeV and from 17.5 to 32 MeV. Analysis of form factors on the assumption of E1 transitions leads to quite different values of < r2 > for the two regions, supporting an α + d model. Fine structure is observed in both regions, possibly corresponding to discrete 6Li levels (1963BE25, 1963BI10, 1964BI04). Form factors for 6Li*(2.2) and (3.6) have been studied as a function of momentum transfer by (1963BE25, 1963BE53, 1964GO15). Interpretation in terms of nuclear models is discussed by (1963BE53, 1964KU1G, 1965DA1H). See also (1959ME1D, 1959UB1A, 1961PA1A, 1962JA06, 1965LO1J, 1965RA1D).

For reactions (b) and (c), see (1957KE1A).

10. 6Li(n, n')6Li*

Inelastic neutron groups have been observed corresponding to the 2.18 MeV state with incident neutron energies up to 14 MeV. Differential cross sections are reported from En = 3.4 to 7.5 MeV (1963BA1V, 1963BA50), and at 14 MeV (1962WO07, 1964AR25, 1965ME05). Angular distributions up to En = 7.5 MeV show no obvious indication of direct interaction; at En = 14 MeV, both elastic and inelastic neutrons (n0 and n1) show sharp forward peaking. At both energies, the excitation of 6Li*(3.56) is weak (1962WO07, 1963BA50). See also (1960KO1C, 1962EL1D, 1962JA1B, 1963EL1C, 1964PE1C, 1965WE1E).

11. 6Li(n, t)4He Qm = 4.785

(1956LI37) calculates θ2d = 0.5 for 6Lig.s. from the data of (1954FR03). See also 7Li.

12. (a) 6Li(p, p)6Li
(b) 6Li(p, 2p)5He Qm = -4.655
(c) 6Li(p, pd)4He Qm = -1.472
(d) 6Li(p, 3He)4He Qm = 4.021

Elastic scattering has been studied at Ep = 31 MeV by (1963DE01), at 40 MeV by (1960CH1B), and at 155 MeV by (1964TA02). At the latter energy, the polarization at high momentum transfers, q > 1.7 fm-1 is strikingly different for 6Li and 7Li (1964TA02). Optical model analysis is discussed by (1963DE01, 1963JA1C). See also (1960SA28). Polarization of the scattered protons has been studied by (1962RO20, 1963HW01, 1964MA1Y).

Inelastic groups corresponding to several 6Li states are observed: see Table 6.7 (in PDF or PS). Angular distributions have been determined for Ep = 4 to 9 MeV (1963HA49), 31 MeV (1963DE01), 39.8 MeV (1959CH1B: see also (1963JA1C)), 155 MeV (1964JA03) and 185 MeV (1965HA17). The distributions at Ep = 155 to 185 MeV indicate dominant E2 transitions to 6Li*(2.2, 4.6, 5.4) and M1 to 6Li*(3.6) (1964JA03) and 185 MeV (1965HA17). At Ep = 149 MeV, a 3.56 MeV γ-ray is observed with a cross section of 0.7 ± 0.3 mb (1961CL09). See also (1957LE1E, 1959SY1A).

Reaction (b) has been studied at Ep = 155 MeV (1961GA09, 1962GA09, 1962GA23), 185 MeV (1962TI01, 1964TI02) and 460 MeV (1965TY1A). The spectra of summed proton energies (Ep1 + Ep2) show two peaks, with Q = -4.8 and Q = -22.4 MeV. As a function of angle of emission θ1 = -θ2, the higher energy peak exhibits a maximum at the angle corresponding to zero momentum of the target proton (θ1 + θ2 ≈ 90°), while the lower has a minimum at this point. The higher peak is thus interpreted as a quasi-free scattering from an l = 1 proton 6Li → 5Heg.s. + p and the lower corresponding to a l = 0 proton, leaving 5He* in a positive parity configuration with an excitation of about 16 - 17 MeV (see 5He* = 16.70 MeV).

Calculations of expected momentum distributions with various wave functions are discussed by (1962BE1J, 1962BE1K, 1962DI1A, 1962IN1A, 1962IN1C, 1962SA1F, 1963BE42, 1963EL1C, 1963JO07, 1963RI1B, 1964LI1D, 1965JA04, 1965JA1J, 1965JA1M, 1965MC1F, 1965RI1A, 1965WI1G). As compared with the analogous case of 7Li, there appears to be a difficulty here in accounting for the small width of the observed angular distribution.

At Ep = 155 MeV, the angular correlation of outgoing protons and deuterons (reaction (c)) give evidence for a substructure 6Li = 4He + d in a relative l = 0 state with a probability of 20 to 31% (1963RU05). See also (1962RU04, 1963RI1B, 1963SA1F, 1963TA1D, 1964BA1P, 1964DE1F, 1964SA1H, 1965DE1Q, 1965JA1L).

For reaction (d) see (1963RU05, 1963TE1B) and 7Be. (1956LI37) gives θ2d for the ground state of 6Li = 0.30 (Ep = 15 MeV), 0.45 (18.5 MeV).

13. 6Li(d, d')6Li*

Deuteron groups have been observed corresponding to the ground state and the 2.18 MeV level (1957BR12: Ed = 7.0 and 7.5 MeV): see Table 6.7 (in PDF or PS). The 3.56 MeV state is not observed at Ed = 7.5 MeV, θ = 60°, consistent with its T = 1 character. The shape of the angular distribution of the deuterons to the 2.18 MeV state (Ed = 14.7 MeV) does not fit simple direct interaction theory (1960HA14: see also (1956HA90, 1964HA05, 1965JO09)). See also (1956SO21, 1956SO33, 1960EL09).

14. 6Li(α, α)6Li

Angular distributions of elastic and inelastic scattering (to the 2.18 MeV state) have been studied at Eα = 10.0 and 12.5 MeV (1963BL20), at 24 MeV (1964GR39) and at 31.5 MeV (1956WA29). At Eα = 31.5 MeV, a group is also observed to the 4.57 MeV state but not to the T = 1, 3.56 MeV level (1956WA29: see also (1964GR39)). See also (1962TE1D, 1963TE1B).

15. 6Li(6Li, 6Li')6Li*

Angular distributions (θc.m. = 12° to 40°) to the ground and 2.18 MeV states have been measured at E(6Li) = 63 MeV: they show diffraction-type structure. No evidence of the excitation of the 3.56 MeV T = 1 state is seen (1964GA01).

16. 7Li(γ, n)6Li Qm = -7.253

See 7Li.

17. 7Li(p, d)6Li Qm = -5.028

At Ep = 17.5 MeV, angular distributions of deuteron groups corresponding to 6Li*(0, 2.18, 3.56), analyzed by Butler theory give ln = 1 for all these states. The ratios of observed reduced widths (see 7Li) are consistent with predictions of the shell model with pure, or nearly pure, LS coupling (1956RE04, 1959BE84, 1960MA32). See also (1961CL09). The bearing of this reaction and its inverse on tests of invariance under time reversal is discussed by (1959HE1C). See also (1964SH07).

18. 7Li(d, t)6Li Qm = -0.995

At Ed ≈ 15 MeV, the angular distributions of the tritons indicate ln = 1 (even parity) for the first three states of 6Li (1955LE24, 1957FR1B, 1959HA29, 1960HA14): reported reduced widths are listed in Table 7.7 (in PDF or PS). (1960HA14) report a board asymmetric bump at Ex ≈ 5.4 MeV, Γ ≈ 600 keV; no sharp states are reported for 4.4 < Ex < 8.5 MeV with σ > 0.3 mb/sr (Ed = 14.9 MeV, θ = 14°, 25°). See also (1956SO21, 1956SO33, 1959KU1C, 1959VL24, 1961OG1A, 1961SL06, 1962SL04, 1963OG1A, 1964BL1C).

19. 7Li(3He, α)6Li Qm = 13.325

Alpha particle groups have been observed with E(3He) = 0.6 to 0.9 MeV (1960AL10), 1.5 MeV (1963CA02), 0.8 to 3 MeV (1965PA03), 4 MeV (1961WO05, 1963KN1C), 0.8 to 5.1 MeV (1963LI16) and 1.3 to 5.5 MeV (1965FO07). (1963LI16) find no evidence for reported levels at 4.3 or 6.6 MeV; (1965CO1F) confirms the levels at 4.3 and 5.35 MeV but finds no evidence for the higher states reported by (1960AL10). The results are summarized in Table 6.8 (in PDF or PS).

20. 9Be(γ, t)6Li Qm = -17.688

See (1955AJ61).

21. 9Be(p, α)6Li Qm = 2.126
Q0 = 2.1254 ± 0.0018 (1965BR28).

Alpha particle groups have been observed with Ep = 7.2 to 7.5 MeV (1957BR12), 10 MeV (1963GR29), 3.50 to 12.50 MeV (1963BL20), 15.6 and 18.6 MeV (1962MA40). The results are summarized in Table 6.7 (in PDF or PS). Angular distributions of the α0 and α1 groups are reported for Ep = 6 to 11.5 MeV (1963BL20, 1963TE1B), 5.9 and 7 MeV (1964YA1A) and 15.6 and 18.6 MeV (1962MA40). See also 9Be. The 3.56 MeV state is observed to decay by γ-radiation: Eγ = 3.572 ± 0.012 MeV; the internal pair spectrum is consistent with an M1 transition (1954MA26: see also (1960GO13)).

The γ-ray angular distribution and the (α - γ) correlation are isotropic at Ep = 2.56 MeV, consistent with J = 0 for 6Li*(3.56) (1956ST93). See also (1959LE1B, 1962HA23, 1963ED1A, 1964BA1C) and 10B.

22. 9Be(d, 5He)6Li Qm = -1.056

Not reported: see (1964BL1C).

23. (a) 10B(γ, α)6Li Qm = -4.461
(b) 10B(p, pα)6Li Qm = -4.461
(c) 10B(α, 2α)6Li Qm = -4.461
(d) 10B(n, dn2α) Qm = -5.933
(e) 10B(d, 6Li)6Li Qm = -2.989

For reaction (a) see 10B; for (b) see (1964BA1C); for (c) see (1963ME01); for (d) see (1956FR18); for (e) see (1964GE10).

24. (a) 11B(d, 7Li)6Li Qm = -7.192
(b) 11B(3He, 8Be)6Li Qm = 4.566

Reaction (a) has not been reported: see (1964BL1C). For reaction (b), see (1964YO06).