Novae and X-ray bursts originate from binary stellar systems and involve explosive hydrogen and helium burning reactions on the surface of a white dwarf or neutron star. There are a few key reaction rates involving proton-rich radioactive nuclei that need to be determined in order to understand the astronomical observations for elemental abundances of novae ejecta, isotopic abundances in meteorites, and light corves from X-ray bursts. These experiments will be performed at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Michigan, USA, the CRYRING heavy ion storage ring facility at GSI laboratory Germany, and on the GRAND RAIDEN spectrometer in Osaka, Japan.
- Professor Phil Woods (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
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