Nuclear clustering aspects in astrophysics

  • Shigeru Kubono
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Atomic nuclear clusters play a crucial role in nucleosynthesis in the universe, especially in the main sequence of heavy element synthesis. Cluster aspects in nucleosynthesis are briefly discussed based on a Cluster-Nucleosynthesis Diagram proposed here. Two recent topics on critical α-induced thermonuclear reactions are reviewed; the first one is the 12C(α, γ)16O reaction for the He burning stage and the other one is the 8Li(α, n)11B reaction for the big bang nucleosynthesis. A new field of nuclear astrophysics using radioactive nuclear beams is also discussed.


Unstable Nucleus Nuclear Astrophysics Thermonuclear Reaction Burning Stage Nuclear Cluster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shigeru Kubono
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  1. 1.Institute for Nuclear Study (INS)University of TokyoTanashi, Tokyo, 188Japan

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