Nuclear Track Emulsion in Search for the Hoyle’s State in Dissociation of Relativistic 12C Nuclei

Abstract

Study of production of ensembles of alpha-particle triples associated with the Hoyle state (the second excited state 0+ 2 of the 12 C nucleus) in peripheral dissociation of relativistic 12C nuclei is started. Stacks of pellicles of nuclear track emulsion exposed to 12C of energy from hundreds MeV to few GeV per nucleon serve as the material of the study. The Hoyle state decays are reconstructed via measurements of emission angles of α-particles with accuracy that allows one to identify the unstable 8Be nucleus. A role in the Hoyle state of alpha-particle bonds corresponding to 8Be is determined.