Determination of proton- and neutron- induced cross sections for [rho]-process studies : construction of an online database for the [rho] process

Dillmann, Iris. Determination of proton- and neutron- induced cross sections for [rho]-process studies : construction of an online database for the [rho] process. 2008, PhD Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.


Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/diss/DissB_8278


The nucleosynthesis of elements beyond iron is dominated by neutron captures in the
s and r processes. However, 32 stable, proton-rich isotopes between 74Se and 196Hg
cannot be formed in that way, because they are shielded from the s process flow and
r process β-decay chains. These nuclei are thought to be produced in the so-called
”p process”, where proton-rich nuclei are made by sequences of photodisintegrations
on existing r- and s-seed nuclei and following β+ decays. Since the largest part of
the p-process reaction network lies in the region of proton-rich unstable nuclei, most
of the reaction rates are not yet accessible by experimental techniques and have to
be inferred from statistical model calculations, e.g. by using the Hauser-Feshbach
codes NON-SMOKER and MOST. The parametrization of these models has to be
constrained by measurements on as many nuclei as possible.
However, the number of experimental data available for the p process is very scarce.
For example, (γ, n) measurements were up to now mainly performed for 13 isotopes
beyond 181Ta, whereas the bulk of (p, γ) and (α, γ) reactions was only measured –
with exception of 144Sm(α, γ) – for isotopes up to Sn. The database for particle
exchange reactions is much more extensive. In contrast to this, the database for
the stellar (n, γ) cross sections of the 32 stable p isotopes is also surprisingly scarce.
Before the measurements described in this thesis, 12 cross sections were not known
experimentally, and further 9 exhibit uncertainties ≥9%. Thus, a series of (n, γ)
activation measurements on stable p isotopes were carried out at the Karlsruhe
Van de Graaff accelerator using the 7Li(p, n)7Be source for simulating a Maxwellian
neutron distribution of kT= 25 keV. These studies included measurements of 7 total
and 3 partial neutron capture cross sections of the stable isotopes 74Se, 84Sr, 102Pd,
120Te, 130Ba, 132Ba, and 174Hf (see Chapter 4).
Chapter 5 is related to proton-induced reactions of palladium isotopes between
2.7 MeV≤Ep≤5 MeV, the energy range relevant for the p process. These measurements
were performed using the cyclotron and Van de Graaff accelerator at the
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig/ Germany. In these
experiments we determined the total (p,γ) cross sections for 102,104Pd, the total
(p, n) cross section of 105Pd, as well as the partial cross sections for 105Pd(p, γ),
106Pd(p, n), and 110Pd(p, n).
Chapter 6 describes the update of the previous stellar neutron cross section compilation
of Bao et al. from 2000 with recent measurements. The updated sequel to this
compilation is available online and is part of the ”Karlsruhe Astrophysical Database
of Nucleosynthesis in Stars” (KADoNiS) project, which was started in April 2005
under http://nuclear-astrophysics.fzk.de/kadonis. In 2006 this project was extended
with a first collection of experimental cross sections relevant for p-process studies.
This part of KADoNiS is still under construction, but a first layout is given here.
The updated KADoNiS database for stellar neutron capture cross sections was further
used in Chapter 7 for an update of the local version of a reaction rate library for
astrophysics. Where available, this library already contained experimental rates, but
neutron capture rates up to 81Br were still based on the first Bao et al. compilation
from 1987.
With the updated reaction library p-process network calculations were performed
(Chapter 8) with the program ”pProSim” to examine the influence of the new experimental
neutron rates. Surprisingly the abundances of almost all p-process isotopes
got smaller with the updated reaction library. This effect can be mainly traced
back to much lower experimental cross sections of nuclei around the shell closures
compared to previous NON-SMOKER calculations. It is well known that statistical
model predictions cannot be applied here and tend to overpredict neutron
cross sections. Since the s-process seed nuclei used for these simulations have larger
abundances around the shell closures the influence of these decrease is global and
the reaction flow to almost all p isotopes is affected. By comparing the abundance
before and after the simulations we additionally realized that the isotopes 152Gd,
164Er, 113In, and 115Sn are destroyed rather than produced in our simulations. Together
with possible different contributions from different astrophysical processes to
the abundance of 180Ta, it is possible that in future we might have to speak of only
”30 p isotopes”.
Advisors:Thielemann, Friedrich-Karl
Committee Members:Rauscher, Thomas and Käppeler, Franz
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Theoretische Physik Astrophysik (Thielemann)
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis no:8278
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Number of Pages:147
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