The 19F(p,α)16O reaction is an important fluorine destruction channel in the proton-rich outer layers of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars and it might also play a role in hydrogen-deficient post-AGB star nucleosynthesis. So far, available direct measurements do not reach the energy region of astrophysical interest (Ecm ∼300 keV), because of the hindrance effect of the Coulomb barrier. The Trojan Horse (TH) method was thus used to access this energy region, by extracting the quasi-free contribution of the 2H(19F, α16O)n reaction. The TH measurement has been devoted to the study of the a0 channel, which is the dominant one at such energies. It has shown the presence of resonant structures not observed in direct measurements that cause an increase of the reaction rate at astrophysical temperatures up to a factor of 1.7, with potential important consequences for stellar nucleosynthesis.
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
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