A Trojan horse approach to the production of 18F in Novae
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Crucial information on nova nucleosynthesis can be potentially inferred from ¿-ray signals powered by 18F decay. Therefore, the reaction network producing and destroying this radioactive isotope has been extensively studied in the last years. Among those reactions, the 18F(p, a)15O cross-section has been measured by means of several dedicated experiments, both using direct and indirect methods. The presence of interfering resonances in the energy region of astrophysical interest has been reported by many authors including the recent applications of the Trojan Horse Method. In this work, we evaluate what changes are introduced by the Trojan Horse data in the 18F(p, a)15O astrophysical factor recommended in a recent R-matrix analysis, accounting for existing direct and indirect measurements. Then the updated reaction rate is calculated and parameterized and implications of the new results on nova nucleosynthesis are thoroughly discussed.
Citationla Cognata, M., Pizzone, R., Jose, J., Hernanz, M., Cherubini, S., Gulino, M., Rapisarda, G., Spitaleri, C. A Trojan horse approach to the production of 18F in Novae. "Astrophysical journal", 1 Setembre 2017, vol. 846, p. 65-1-65-6.