Direct measurement of the F-18(p,alpha)O-15 reaction at nova temperatures

C. E. Beer, A. M. Laird, A. St. J. Murphy, M. A. Bentley, L. Buchman, B. Davids, T. Davinson, Christian Aaen Diget, S. P. Fox, B. R. Fulton, U. Hager, D. Howell, L. Martin, C. Ruiz, G. Ruprecht, P. Salter, C. Vockenhuber, P. Walden

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The F-18(p, alpha)O-15 reaction rate is crucial for understanding the final abundance of F-18 predicted by nova models. The gamma-ray emission in the first few hours after a nova outburst is expected to be dominated by 511 keV annihilation photons from the decay of F-18, and so understanding its production can provide important constraints on the conditions during the outburst when compared with observations. Results are presented from the lowest-energy direct measurement to date, performed at the Isotope Separator and Accelerator radioactive beam facility at the TRIUMF laboratory, Canada. Cross section measurements at center-of-mass energies of 250, 330, 453, and 673 keV are obtained and the results compared to previous data and R-matrix calculations. The implications for the overall reaction rate in the context of nova explosions have been discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042801
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2011



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