Experimental nuclear astrophysics with radioactive ion beams
University of Edinburgh, School of Physics, JCMB King's Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ, UK
Published online: 8 December 2007
Reactions involving unstable nuclei play an important role in many astrophysical sites. Radioactive ion beams provide a unique tool to investigate the structure of such unstable nuclei as well as the cross sections for many reactions of astrophysical relevance. This paper provides a brief survey of some recent results in experimental nuclear astrophysics with Radioactive Ion Beams, particularly for processes which take place during explosive hydrogen burning in novae and X-ray bursts. Some prospects for future studies at next generation facilities are also briefly discussed.
PACS: 25.60.-t – Reactions induced by unstable nuclei / 26.30.+k – Nucleosynthesis in novae, supernovae, and other explosive stars
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