Volume 438, Number 3, August II 2005
|Page(s)||779 - 784|
|Published online||18 July 2005|
Trojan Horse estimate of bare nucleus astrophysical S(E)-factor for the Li(p,α)He reaction and its astrophysical implications
Laboratori Nazionali del Sud-INFN Catania, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Metodologie Fisiche e Chimiche per l'Ingegneria, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
4 INFN Sezione di Pisa, Pisa, Italy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 11 April 2005
The bare nucleus cross-section at astrophysical energies has been indirectly measured in the framework of the Trojan-Horse Method, finding an agreement within the experimental errors with the results of data extrapolations from direct methods. This result is thus an independent check of the extrapolation method used until now. The method of measure is recalled and the results are shown with particular attention to the bare cross section value at the Gamow energy. The quoted agreement between direct and indirect methods is discussed in the context of the surface lithium abundances in stars. It is shown that the problem of stellar lithium abundances is not at the nuclear physics level but it is an astrophysics problem that requires improvements in our knowledge of the mixing mechanisms, the reduction of the uncertainties on the other (non-nuclear) physical inputs, and more precise observational data.
Key words: nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances
© ESO, 2005
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