A new direct measurement of the absolute cross section of the 'H(Be-7,gamma
)B-8 reaction has been performed in inverse kinematics at E-cm = 990 keV. A
radioactive Be-7 beam (E-lab = 8 MeV) and a windowless H-2 gas target were
used; B-8 recoils were identified and counted by a recoil mass separator.
The reaction cross section was derived by normalization to the elastic scat
tering cross section, measured in a separate run. The resulting value sigma
(r) = 0.40 +/- 0.12 mub yielded an astrophysical S-factor at zero energy S
-0 = 15.3 +/- 4.5 eV b, in fair agreement with recommended values.