For the better understanding of the astrophysical γ-process the experimental determination of low energy proton- and α-capture cross sections on heavy isotopes is required. The existing data for the Mo92(p,γ)Tc93 reaction are contradictory and strong fluctuation of the cross section is observed which cannot be explained by the statistical model. In this paper a new determination of the Mo92(p,γ)Tc93 and Mo98(p,γ)Tc99m cross sections based on thick target yield measurements are presented and the results are compared with existing data and model calculations. Reaction rates of Mo92(p,γ)Tc93 at temperatures relevant for the γ-process are derived directly from the measured thick target yields. The obtained rates are a factor of 2 lower than the ones used in astrophysical network calculations. It is argued that in the case of fluctuating cross sections the thick target yield measurement can be more suited for a reliable reaction rate determination.
- Astrophysical gamma-process
- Reaction cross section
- Thick target yield
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics