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Published June 1981 | Published
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Direct capture cross sections at low energy


We derive simple expressions for the low-energy behavior of direct radiative capture cross sections, particularly those important in solar nucleosynthesis, such as (^3)He(α,γ)(^7)Be, (^3)H(α,γ)(^7)Li, and (^7)Be(p,y)(^8)B. Our results for the (^3)He(α,γ)(^7)Be reaction are inconsistent with a measurement by Rolfs et al. [NUCLEAR REACTIONS (^3)He(α,γ)(^7)Be, (^3)H(α,γ)(^7)Li, E<300 keV, (^7)Be(p,y)(^8)B, l E

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© 1981 The American Physical Society. Received 19 December 1980; published June 1981. We are grateful to Professor William A. Fowler for suggesting this problem, and have benefited from discussions with J. L. Osborne, P. D. Parker, and T. A. Tombrello. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (PHY77-21602 and PHY79-23638) and in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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