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Prediction of astrophysical reaction rates as a challenge to nuclear physics

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347C-350C
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Physics A
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2003
Event7th International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos (NIC7) - FUJI, Japan
Duration: 8 Jul 200212 Jul 2002


Explosive nuclear burning in astrophysical environments produces unstable nuclei which again can be targets for subsequent reactions. In addition, it involves a large number of stable nuclides which are not fully explored by experiments, yet. Thus, it is necessary to be able to predict reaction cross sections and thermonuclear rates with the aid of theoretical models. Such predictions are also of interest for investigations at radioactive ion beam facilities. An extended library of theoretical cross sections and reaction rates is presented. The problem of properly predicting cross sections at low level densities is illustrated by the Ni-62(n,gamma) reaction.

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