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Title: The LUNA experiment at Gran Sasso Laboratory: Studying stars by going underground

Accurate knowledge of thermonuclear reaction rates is a key issue in nuclear astrophysics: it is important for understanding the energy generation, neutrino production and the synthesis of the elements in stars and during primordial nucleosynthesis. Cross-section measurements are mainly hampered by the very low counting rate and cosmic background. An underground location is extremely advantageous for such studies, as demonstrated by the LUNA experiment in the Gran Sasso Laboratory (Italy). This paper reports on the results recently obtained by this experiment and on the future perspectives in the field.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Università degli Studi di Milano and INFN Milano Via Celoria 16, I-20133 Milano,ITALY (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492472
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1681; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Nuclear Structure and Dynamics '15: 3. international nuclear physics conference on nuclear structure and dynamics, Portoroz (Slovenia), 14-19 Jun 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; ASTROPHYSICS; COUNTING RATES; CROSS SECTIONS; NEUTRINOS; PARTICLE PRODUCTION; STARS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS; UNDERGROUND