Breakup of loosely bound nuclei as indirect method in nuclear astrophysics: B-8, C-9, Al-23 Academic Article uri icon


  • We discuss the use of one-nucleon breakup reactions of loosely bound nuclei at intermediate energies as an indirect method in nuclear astrophysics. These are peripheral processes, therefore we can extract asymptotic normalization coefficients (ANC) from which reaction rates of astrophysical interest can be inferred. To show the usefulness of the method, three different cases are discussed. In the first, existing experimental data for the breakup of 8B at energies from 30 to 1000 MeV/M and of 9C at 285 MeV/u on light through heavy targets are analyzed. Glauber model calculations in the eikonal approximation and in the optical limit using different effective interactions give consistent, though slightly different results, showing the limits of the precision of the method. The results lead to the astrophysical factor S17(0) = 18.7 1.9 eV b for the key reaction for solar neutrino production 7Be(p, ) B. It is consistent with the values from other indirect methods and most direct measurements, but one. Breakup reactions can be measured with radioactive beams as weak as a few particles per second, and therefore can be used for cases where no direct measurements or other indirect methods for nuclear astrophysics can be applied. We discuss a proposed use of the breakup of the proton drip line nucleus 23A1 to obtain spectroscopic information and the stellar reaction rate for 22Mg(p, )23Al.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Trache, L., Carstoiu, F., Gagliardi, C. A., & Tribble, R. E.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Trache, L||Carstoiu, F||Gagliardi, CA||Tribble, RE

publication date

  • March 2006