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Hydrostatic Oxygen Burning in Stars. II. Oxygen Burning at Balanced Pwer
The Astrophysical Journal
  • S E Woosley, Rice University
  • W David Arnett, Rice University
  • Donald D Clayton, Clemson University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
8-15-1972
Publisher
The American Astronomical Society
Abstract

The nucleosynthesis that occurs during hydrostatic oxygen burning in a "typical" stellar zone is examined in detail under the assumption that such stellar zones are in an approximate state of balanced power from 160 + 160 energy generation and from neutrino (or photon) energy loss. Special attention is paid to the amount of neutron enrichment that occurs and the implications for nucleosynthesis theory. Accuracy of a common approximation for 160 + 160 energy generation is discussed also. Theoretical models which assume the existence of a direct e- coupling in the weak interaction give results that are more consistent with current ideas regarding stellar nucleosynthesis than models which do not.

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