Low-Energy Nuclear Astrophysics - the Fascinating Region of A=7

Michael Hass

Submitted on 26 November 2006


We discuss results and future plans for low-energy reactions that play an important role in current nuclear astrophysics research and that happen to concentrate around the region of A=7. The 7Be(p,gamma)8B and the 3He(4He,gamma)7Be reactions are crucial for understanding the solar-neutrino oscillations phenomenon and the latter one plays a central role in the issue of cosmic 7Li abundance and Big-Bang Nucleosynthesis. We also present results regarding the host dependence of the half life of the electron-capture 7Be radio-nuclide.


Comment: 8 pages, 6 figures. Proceedings of the Erice School on Nuclear Physics, 2006. To appear in: "Prog. Part. Nucl. Phys."

Subjects: Nuclear Experiment; Astrophysics