Neutrino spectra from stellar electron capture

K. Langanke, G. Martinez-Pinedo, J. M. Sampaio

Submitted on 18 January 2001


Using the recent shell model evaluation of stellar weak interaction rates we have calculated the neutrino spectra arising from electron capture on pf-shell nuclei under presupernova conditions. We present a simple parametrization of the spectra which allows for an easy implementation into collapse simulations. We discuss that the explicit consideration of thermal ensembles in the parent nucleus broadens the neutrino spectra and results in larger average neutrino energies. The capture rates and neutrino spectra can be easily modified to account for phase space blocking by neutrinos which becomes increasingly important during the final stellar collapse.


Comment: 6 pages, 6 figures

Subjects: Nuclear Theory; Astrophysics