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The path to improved reaction rates for astrophysics

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages99
Pages (from-to)1071-1169
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics E - Nuclear Physics
Journal publication dateMay 2011
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


This review focuses on nuclear reactions in astrophysics and, more specifically, on reactions with light ions (nucleons and alpha particles) proceeding via the strong interaction. It is intended to present the basic definitions essential for studies in nuclear astrophysics, to point out the differences between nuclear reactions taking place in stars and in a terrestrial laboratory, and to illustrate some of the challenges to be faced in theoretical and experimental studies of those reactions. The discussion revolves around the relevant quantities for astrophysics, which are the astrophysical reaction rates. The sensitivity of the reaction rates to the uncertainties in the prediction of various nuclear properties is explored and some guidelines for experimentalists are also provided

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