Current quests in nucleosynthesis: present and future neutron-induced reaction measurements
1 Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
2 Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (US-JA-CSIC), Seville, Spain
3 Department of Physics, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 82, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
4 Laboratory Nazionali di Legnaro, INFN, Padova, Italy
5 Centro de Aplicaciones Tecnólogicas y Desarrollo Nuclear, 5 ta y 30, Playa, La Habana, Cuba
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Published online: 20 March 2014
We present some open questions in nucleosynthesis focused on the measurement of relevant neutron capture cross-sections and on new experimental methods. We review the recent 63Ni(n,γ) experiment carried out at the n_TOF facility at CERN and its astrophysical implications as well as future experiments and opportunities at n_TOF. We argue some improvements in the measurement of cross-sections by activation arising from a new method for the generation of stellar neutron spectra. We show preliminary results of the experimental validation of the method. We discuss the astrophysical implications of the 181Ta(n,γ) stellar cross-section measured with this method. Finally, we describe challenging experiments consisting of in situ radioactive ion beams and stellar neutron beams.
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