Journal article

THE CA-42(ALPHA,GAMMA)TI-46 AND CA-42(ALPHA,P)SC-45 CROSS-SECTIONS AND THE MASS-45 BOTTLENECK

LW MITCHELL, RW KAVANAGH, ME SEVIOR, CIW TINGWELL, DG SARGOOD

NUCLEAR PHYSICS A | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1985

Abstract

The yield of γ-rays from the reaction 42Ca(α, γ)46Ti has been measured as a function of bombarding energy over the range Eα = 3.42-5.62 MeV and from 42Ca(α, pγ)45Sc over the range Eα = 4.06-5.92 MeV, and the yield of protons from the reaction 42Ca(α, p)45Sc has been measured over the range Eα = 4.78-5.92 MeV. Cross sections for all three reactions have been extracted from the data and compared with global statistical-model calculations. The agreement is good. Thermonuclear reaction rates under stellar conditions appropriate for silicon burning are calculated and their significance for the approach to and bridging of the mass-45 bottleneck in the upward flow of nucleosynthesis is discussed. ©..

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