We propose that 7Li is produced in the Galaxy primarily by α-α collisions surrounding newly born pulsars. About 10 percent of the pulsar energy losses are converted to medium-energy α-particles which collide in a dominantly He nebula. The problem of the origin of lithium would be solved by the scenario, and clear-cut tests by nuclear γ-ray astronomy are described.
Gamma-Ray Emission and Nucleosynthesis of Lithium by Young PulsarsThe Astrophysical Journal
PublisherThe American Astronomical Society
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