Astrophysical importance of the reaction C12 + O16

Stanford E. Woosley, W. David Arnett, Donald D. Clayton

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The nuclear reactions between C12 and O16 are shown to be vitally important during explosive oxygen burning because they regulate the number of α particles produced per Si28 nucleus. Since it appears that explosive oxygen burning produces the observed abundances of the nuclei between Si28 and Ca42, the value of the C12 + O16 total reaction cross section will help determine the nature of the explosions that have produced the elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1971

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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