Publications in Scientific Journals:
A. Wallner, M. Bichler, K. Buczak, R Dressler, L. FiField, D. Schumann, J.H. Sterba, S. Tims, Gabriele Wallner, W. Kutschera:
"Settling the Half-Life of 60Fe: Fundamental for a Versatile Astrophysical Chronometer";
Physical Review Letters,
In order to resolve a recent discrepancy in the half-life of 60Fe, we performed an independent measurement with a new method that determines the 60Fe content of a material relative to 55Fe(t1/2 = 2.744 yr) with accelerator mass spectrometry. Our result of (2.50 +/- 0.12) × 106 yr clearly favors the recently reported value (2.62 +/- 0.04) × 106 yr, and rules out the older result of (1.49 +/- 0.27) × 106 yr. The present weighted mean half-life value of (2.60 +/- 0.05) × 106 yr substantially improves the reliability as an important chronometer for astrophysical applications in the million-year time range. This includes its use as a sensitive probe for studying recent chemical evolution of our Galaxy, the formation of the early Solar System, nucleosynthesis processes in massive stars, and as an indicator of a recent nearby supernova.
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