Volume 568, August 2014
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||28 August 2014|
The r-Java 2.0 code: nuclear physics
1 Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada
2 Department of Physics & Astronomy, California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, California 90840, USA
Received: 21 October 2013
Accepted: 16 February 2014
Aims. We present r-Java 2.0, a nucleosynthesis code for open use that performs r-process calculations, along with a suite of other analysis tools.
Methods. Equipped with a straightforward graphical user interface, r-Java 2.0 is capable of simulating nuclear statistical equilibrium (NSE), calculating r-process abundances for a wide range of input parameters and astrophysical environments, computing the mass fragmentation from neutron-induced fission and studying individual nucleosynthesis processes.
Results. In this paper we discuss enhancements to this version of r-Java, especially the ability to solve the full reaction network. The sophisticated fission methodology incorporated in r-Java 2.0 that includes three fission channels (beta-delayed, neutron-induced, and spontaneous fission), along with computation of the mass fragmentation, is compared to the upper limit on mass fission approximation. The effects of including beta-delayed neutron emission on r-process yield is studied. The role of Coulomb interactions in NSE abundances is shown to be significant, supporting previous findings. A comparative analysis was undertaken during the development of r-Java 2.0 whereby we reproduced the results found in the literature from three other r-process codes. This code is capable of simulating the physical environment of the high-entropy wind around a proto-neutron star, the ejecta from a neutron star merger, or the relativistic ejecta from a quark nova. Likewise the users of r-Java 2.0 are given the freedom to define a custom environment. This software provides a platform for comparing proposed r-process sites.
Key words: nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances
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