High-accuracy proton and neutron energy measurements in stellar nucleosynthesis
The EU-funded SHADES project aims to provide new measurement data on a reaction of critical importance for the synthesis of heavy elements in the Universe: Ne-22(alpha,n)Mg-25. High-accuracy measurements of this reaction have been a long-standing goal of nuclear astrophysics scientists but very low reaction rates at low energies have prevented any progress in direct measurements over the last 20 years. Through the construction of a specialised neutron detector, the project aims to measure this important stellar reaction directly in the energy region of stellar burning, the so-called Gamow window. The SHADES dataset will provide an improved and more robust picture of the amount of produced heavy elements in stellar nucleosynthesis.
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