Low-energy enhancement of nuclear γ strength and its impact on astrophysical reaction rates
1 Department of Physics, University of Oslo, N-0316 Oslo, Norway
2 INFN, Sezione di Milano, Milano, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Milano, Milano, Italy
4 Institut d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, ULB, Belgium
5 Institute of Nuclear Physics, NCSR ”Demokritos”, Athens, Greece
6 Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, N-2007 Kjeller, Norway
7 Institute of Nuclear Research, MTA ATOMKI, H-4026 Debrecen, Hungary
8 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701, USA
9 iThemba LABS, P.O. Box 722, 7129 Somerset West, South Africa
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Published online: 20 March 2014
An unexpected enhancement in the low-energy part of the γ-strength function for light and medium-mass nuclei has been discovered at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory. This enhancement could lead to an increase in the neutron-capture rates up to two orders of magnitude for very exotic, neutron-rich nuclei. However, it is still an open question whether this structure persists when approaching the neutron drip line.
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