The main source of 19F in the universe has not yet been clearly identified and this issue represents one of the unanswered questions of stellar modeling. This lack of knowledge can be due to the 19F(α, p)22Ne reaction cross-section that has proven to be difficult at low energies: direct measurements stop only at about ˜660 keV, leaving roughly half of the astrophysical relevant energy region (from 200 keV to 1.1 MeV) explored only by R-matrix calculations. In this work, we applied the Trojan Horse Method to the quasi-free three-body 6Li(19F, p22Ne)d reaction performed at E beam = 6 MeV in order to indirectly study the 19F(α, p)22Ne reaction in the sub-Coulomb energy region. In this way, we obtained the cross-section and the reaction rate in the temperature region of interest for astrophysics and free from electron screening effects. A brief analysis of the impact of the new measured reaction rate in AGB star nucleosynthesis is also presented.

The F-19(alpha, p)Ne-22 Reaction at Energies of Astrophysical Relevance by Means of the Trojan Horse Method and Its Implications in AGB Stars

Palmerini, S.
Investigation
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Trippella, O.
Investigation
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VESCOVI, DIEGO
Investigation
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2018

Abstract

The main source of 19F in the universe has not yet been clearly identified and this issue represents one of the unanswered questions of stellar modeling. This lack of knowledge can be due to the 19F(α, p)22Ne reaction cross-section that has proven to be difficult at low energies: direct measurements stop only at about ˜660 keV, leaving roughly half of the astrophysical relevant energy region (from 200 keV to 1.1 MeV) explored only by R-matrix calculations. In this work, we applied the Trojan Horse Method to the quasi-free three-body 6Li(19F, p22Ne)d reaction performed at E beam = 6 MeV in order to indirectly study the 19F(α, p)22Ne reaction in the sub-Coulomb energy region. In this way, we obtained the cross-section and the reaction rate in the temperature region of interest for astrophysics and free from electron screening effects. A brief analysis of the impact of the new measured reaction rate in AGB star nucleosynthesis is also presented.
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