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Title: The {sup 30}P(p, γ){sup 31}S reaction in classical novae: progress and prospects

The unknown thermonuclear rate of the {sup 30}P(p, γ){sup 31}S reaction at classical-nova temperatures currently prohibits the accurate modeling of nova nucleosynthesis in the A ⩾ 30 region. This is hindering the calibration of nova thermometers based on observed O/S, S/Al, O/P, and P/Al abundance ratios in nova ejecta, the calibration of a meter to probe mixing at the core-envelope interface in novae based on the observed Si/H abundance ratio, and the identification of candidate pre-solar nova grains found in primitive meteorites based on laboratory measurements of their {sup 30}Si/{sup 28}Si isotopic ratios. Each of these diagnostics could address key questions in our understanding of classical novae if the {sup 30}P(p, γ){sup 31}S rate were known. We review progress on the determination of the {sup 30}P(p, γ){sup 31}S rate leading to a critical assessment of current interpretations of published data and prospects for future work.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253557
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Advances; Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2014 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; CALIBRATION; ISOTOPE RATIO; NOVAE; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; PHOSPHORUS 30; SILICON 28; SILICON 30; SIMULATION; SULFUR 31