Nuclear reactions in astrophysics: A review of useful probes for extracting reaction rates

F. M. Nunes, G. Potel, T. Poxon-Pearson, J. A. Cizewski

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Abstract

Astrophysical simulations require knowledge of a wide array of reaction rates. For a number of reasons, many of these reaction rates cannot be measured directly and instead are probed with indirect nuclear reactions. We review the current state of the art regarding the techniques used to extract reaction information that is relevant to describe stars, including their explosions and collisions.We focus on the theoretical developments over the last decade that have had an impact on the connection between the laboratory indirect measurement and the astrophysical desired reaction. This review includes three major probes that have been, and will continue to be, widely used in our community: Transfer reactions, breakup reactions, and chargeexchange reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-170
Number of pages24
JournalAnnual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
Volume70
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 19 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • Breakup
  • Charge exchange
  • Indirect methods
  • Nuclear reactions
  • Transfer

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