Nucleosynthesis Induced during Nova Outburst

  • Jean Audouze
  • Bernard Lazareff
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 65)


As it has been shown in the previous communication (Sparks et al, this conference), the nova outburst is triggered by explosive CNO burning occuring in the outer regions of the prenova at temperatures T > 108 K and densities p ∿ 103-105g cm -3. At such temperatures, nuclear reactions are faster than beta decays. The general properties of this “ hot ” CNO cycle are recalled in section II. In section III some specific calculations of nucleosynthesis based on nova models are presented and discussed. In some extreme nova models, temperatures as large as T ∿ 2 109 K and densities p ti 105 g cm-3 might be reached. Section IV shortly reviews the possibility of neutron production suggested by Clayton and Hoyle(1974)to induce s and r element nucleosynthesis and the possible occurence of p process explosive nucleosynthesis. Finally in section V the possible role of novae in the chemical evolution of the Galaxy is discussed after the recent determinations of the H12C15N/H13C14N ratio in various interstellar clouds.


Galactic Center Neutron Production Interstellar Cloud Nova Model Mass Progenitor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Audouze
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bernard Lazareff
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire René Bernas du Centre de Spectrométrie Nucléaire et de Spectrométrie de MasseOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Radio AstronomieObservatoire de MeudonMeudonFrance

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