Realistic Calculation of the hep Astrophysical Factor

L. E. Marcucci, R. Schiavilla, M. Viviani, A. Kievsky, S. Rosati

Submitted on 29 March 2000


The astrophysical factor for the proton weak capture on 3He is calculated with correlated-hyperspherical-harmonics bound and continuum wave functions corresponding to a realistic Hamiltonian consisting of the Argonne v18 two-nucleon and Urbana-IX three-nucleon interactions. The nuclear weak charge and current operators have vector and axial-vector components, that include one- and many-body terms. All possible multipole transitions connecting any of the p-3He S- and P-wave channels to the 4He bound state are considered. The S-factor at a p-3He center-of-mass energy of 10 keV, close to the Gamow-peak energy, is predicted to be 10.1 10^{-20} keV b, a factor of five larger than the standard-solar-model value. The P-wave transitions are found to be important, contributing about 40 % of the calculated S-factor.


Comment: 8 pages RevTex file, submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett

Subjects: Nuclear Theory; Astrophysics; High Energy Physics - Phenomenology