Vol 8, No 6 (2008): (611-742) / Zhao

Sodium Enrichment in Yellow Supergiants: a Perspective from the Uncertainties of Reaction Rates

Lei Zhao, Qiu-He Peng, Xin-Lian Luo


Sodium overabundance in yellow supergiants has stumped people for more than 20 years. The purpose of this paper is to explore this problem from the perspective of nuclear physics. We investigate carefully the CNO and NeNa cycles that are responsible for sodium production. We investigate some key reactions in the appropriate network. We show whether and how the sodium output can be affected by the rate uncertainties in these reactions. In this way, we evaluate if a reaction is important enough to deserve a better determination of its rate in terrestrial laboratories.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1009-9271/8/6/09


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