EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 260, 2022The 16th International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos (NIC-XVI)
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Nuclear Properties for Astrophysics|
|Published online||24 February 2022|
The Impact of Nuclear Physics Uncertainties on Interpreting Kilonova Light Curves
1 Dept. of Physics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695 USA,
2 Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics -Center for the Evolution of the Elements, USA,
3 Dept. of Physics and Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory, Columbia University, NY 10027 USA,
4 Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos NM 87545 USA
5 Dept. of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN 46556 USA,
6 Center for Theoretical Astrophysics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, 87545, USA
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Published online: 24 February 2022
Recently, analysis of the optical counterpart AT2017gfo to the gravitational wave-detected neutron star merger GW170817 has suggested a promising resolution of a long-standing debate on neutron star mergers as a source of some of the heaviest elements. However, making quantitative progress in these areas requires an accounting of the uncertainties in different aspects of physics, which is input into simulations of merging compact objects and their associated phenomena, remarkably rapid neutron capture nucleosynthesis. We investigate the uncertainties from the nuclear inputs to rapid neutron capture nucleosynthesis calculations combining different theoretical nuclear mass models, spontaneous fission rates, and fission daughter product distributions on top of the experimental nuclear data. We report that such nuclear physics uncertainties typically generate at least one order of magnitude uncertainty in the nuclear heating, which leads to uncertainties in the bolometric luminosity and the inferred mass of r-process material from the kilonova light curve.
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