Neutron capture cross sections for the weak s process

M Heil, A Juseviciute, Franz Kaeppeler, Roberto Gallino, M Pignatari, E Uberseder

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In past decades a lot of progress has been made towards understanding the main s-process component that takes place in thermally pulsing Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars. During this process about half of the heavy elements, mainly between 90 = 8 M-circle dot) and is much less understood. A better characterization of the weak s component would help disentangle the various contributions to element production in this region. For this purpose, a series of measurements of neutron-capture cross sections have been performed on medium-mass nuclei at the 3.7-MV Van de Graaff accelerator at FZK using the activation method. Also, neutron captures on abundant light elements with A <56 play an important role for s-process nucleosynthesis, since they act as neutron poisons and affect the stellar neutron balance. New results are presented for the (n, gamma) cross sections of K-41 and Sc-45, and revisions are reported for a number of cross sections based on improved spectroscopic information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243 - 249
Number of pages7
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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