Explosive hydrogen burning of 17O in classical novae.
We report on the observation of a new resonance at E(lab)(R)=190 keV in the 17O(p,gamma)18F reaction. The measured resonance strength amounts to omegagamma(pgamma)=(1.2+/-0.2)x10(-6) eV. With this new value, the uncertainties in the 17O(p,gamma)18F and 17O(p,alpha)14N thermonuclear reaction rates are reduced by orders of magnitude at nova temperatures. Our significantly improved reaction rates have major implications for the galactic synthesis of 17O, the stellar production of the radioisotope 18F, and the predicted oxygen isotopic ratios in nova ejecta.
Fox, C; Iliadis, C; Champagne, AE; Coc, A; José, J; Longland, R; Newton, J; Pollanen, J; Runkle, R
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