Thermal equilibration of 26Al

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In astrophysical environments, the long-lived (t1/2 = 0.72 Myr) ground state of 26Al can communicate with its short-lived (t1/2 = 6.35 s) first excited state through thermal excitations. The result is that the astrophysical half-life for 26Al can be much shorter than the laboratory value, which can have an impact on the amount of 26Al produced at high temperatures. We have reexamined the equilibration process using the results of new calculations of some of the key transition rates. In addition, we discuss a simple way of describing the behavior of 26Al in a stellar plasma and use this to better define the conditions where equilibration is expected to be important. Finally, we present a series of network calculations to show how the interplay between the timescale for equilibration versus that for nuclear reactions will govern the evolution of 26Al.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Runkle, RC; Champagne, AE; Engel, J

Published Date

  • August 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 556 / 2 PART 1

Start / End Page

  • 970 - 978

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-4357

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0004-637X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/321594

Citation Source

  • Scopus