Astrophysical S factor for the radiative capture N12(p,γ)O13 determined from the N14(N12,O13)C13 proton transfer reaction Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The cross section of the radiative proton capture reaction on the drip line nucleus N12 was investigated using the asymptotic normalization coefficient (ANC) method. We have used the N14(N12,O13)C13 proton transfer reaction at 12 MeV/nucleon to extract the ANC for O13→N12+p and calculate from it the direct component of the astrophysical S factor of the N12(p,γ)O13 reaction. The optical potentials used and the distorted-wave Born approximation analysis of the proton transfer reaction are discussed. For the entrance channel, the optical potential was inferred from an elastic scattering measurement carried out at the same time as the transfer measurement. From the transfer, we determined the square of the ANC, Cp1/22(O13g.s.)=2.53±0.30 fm-1, and hence a value of 0.33(4) keVb was obtained for the direct astrophysical S factor at zero energy. Constructive interference at low energies between the direct and resonant captures leads to an enhancement of Stotal(0)=0.42(6) keVb. The N12(p,γ)O13 reaction was investigated in relation to the evolution of hydrogen-rich massive Population III stars, for the role that it may play in the hot pp-chain nuclear burning processes, possibly occurring in such objects. © 2009 The American Physical Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Banu, A., Al-Abdullah, T., Fu, C., Gagliardi, C. A., McCleskey, M., Mukhamedzhanov, A. M., ... Kroha, V.

citation count

  • 19

publication date

  • February 2009