Nucleosyn by rapid neutron capture during explosive carbon burning
Howard, William Michael
Clayton, Donald D.
Master of Science
The purpose of this calculation is to attempt to account for the solar system abundances of certain neutron-rich nuclei by rapid neutron capture upon various seed nuclei (Fe56, Ni58, Cr Ca Ca40 and A36) in the iron peak region during explosive carbon burning. By assuming a Population I abundance of iron peak seed exposed to the temperatures and neutron densities of explosive carbon burning, we may account for the observed solar system abundances of certain neutron-rich nuclei (C137, A40, Ca46, Ca48, Ti50, Ni64, Zn66, Zn70 and Ge72). In addition, we will discuss the results of exposing a small abundance of iron peak nuclei to the conditions of explosive oxygen burning.