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Measurement of $^{23}$Na(α,p)$^{26}$Mg at Energies Relevant to $^{26}$Al Production in Massive Stars

Abstract : $^{26}$Al is an important radioisotope in astrophysics that provides evidence of ongoing nucleosynthesis in the Galaxy. The $^{23}$Na(α, p)$^{26}$Mg reaction has been identified by a sensitivity study as being one of the most important reactions for the production of $^{26}$Al in the convective C/Ne burning shell of massive stars. Owing to large uncertainties in previous experimental data, model calculations are used for the reaction rate of $^{23}$Na(α, p)$^{26}$Mg in this sensitivity study. Current experimental data suggest a reaction rate a factor of ∼40 higher than model calculations. However, a new measurement of this reaction cross section has been made in inverse kinematics in the energy range Ec.m.=1.28–3.15  MeV at TRIUMF, and found to be in reasonable agreement with the model calculation. A new reaction rate is calculated and tight constraints on the uncertainty in the production of Al26, due to this reaction, are determined.
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J.R. Tomlinson, J. Fallis, A.M. Laird, S.P. Fox, C. Akers, et al.. Measurement of $^{23}$Na(α,p)$^{26}$Mg at Energies Relevant to $^{26}$Al Production in Massive Stars. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2015, 115 (5), pp.052702. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.052702⟩. ⟨in2p3-01203210⟩



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