Measurement of 23Na (α,p) 26Mg at Energies Relevant to 26Al Production in Massive Stars

J. R. Tomlinson*, J. Fallis, A. M. Laird, S. P. Fox, C. Akers, M. Alcorta, M. A. Bentley, G. Christian, B. Davids, T. Davinson, B. R. Fulton, N. Galinski, A. Rojas, C. Ruiz, N. de Sereville, M. Shen, A. C. Shotter

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26Al is an important radioisotope in astrophysics that provides evidence of ongoing nucleosynthesis in the Galaxy. The 23Na (α,p26Mg reaction has been identified by a sensitivity study as being one of the most important reactions for the production of 26Al in the convective C/Ne burning shell of massive stars. Owing to large uncertainties in previous experimental data, model calculations are used for the reaction rate of 23Na (α,p26Mg in this sensitivity study. Current experimental data suggest a reaction rate a factor of ∼40 higher than model calculations. However, a new measurement of this reaction cross section has been made in inverse kinematics in the energy range Ec.m.= 1.28 – 3.15 MeV at TRIUMF, and found to be in reasonable agreement with the model calculation. A new reaction rate is calculated and tight constraints on the uncertainty in the production of 26Al, due to this reaction, are determined.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052702
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Early online date29 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2015

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