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Experimental Investigation of Helium Capture Reactions of Astrophysical Interest

Physics Division Seminar
Manoel Couder, University of Notre Dame
May 19, 2014 3:30PM to 4:30PM
Building 203, Room R150
Helium capture reactions are taking place during various phases of stellar evolution, from the Helium burning phase of a star to the alpha-process during the thermonuclear runaway of an X-ray burst. In some environments, (a,n) reactions provide the neutrons needed for the s-process. The vanishingly small cross section of those reactions at relevant energies may be influenced by the presence of resonances close to, or below, the threshold.

In this talk, a variety of experimental methods used for the investigation of Helium capture will be discussed. Direct and indirect studies will be presented along with technical developments for future studies.