The fate of 7Be in the sun

C. W. Johnson, E. Kolbe, S. E. Koonin, K. Langanke

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We reexamine the electron- and proton-capture rates of 7Be important to the solar neutrino "problem." Although the assumptions implied by the traditional Debye approximation for plasma screening are not valid, a careful numerical study changes the electron capture rate by less than 2%. We extrapolate experimental data on the proton capture reaction to astrophysically relevant energies using an energy dependence that includes d-wave scattering and is shown to be relatively independent of the model space and interaction used. We find that the solar proton capture rate is lowered by approximately 7% from the currently accepted value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-327
Number of pages8
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 10 1992


  • Nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances
  • Sun: abundances

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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