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.
Hydrostatic Oxygen Burning in Stars. II. Oxygen Burning at Balanced PwerThe Astrophysical Journal
PublisherThe American Astronomical Society
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