Jul 4 – 11, 2012
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Australia/Melbourne timezone
ICHEP2012 - 36th International Conference for High Energy Physics

STUDY OF THE 2H(α,γ)6Li REACTION PRODUCING 6Li IN STANDARD BIG BANG NUCLEOSYNTHESIS

Jul 7, 2012, 4:30 PM
15m
Room 216 (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre)

Room 216

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Australia
Parallel Sessions Track 11. Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology Room 216 - Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology -TR11

Speaker

Dr Carlo Gustavino (INFN (IT))

Description

LUNA (Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics) is devoted to measure nuclear cross sections relevant in astroparticle physics. The LUNA measurements are performed at the "Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso" (LNGS), with the unique accelerator in the world operating underground. Here, the background induced by cosmic rays is orders of magnitude lower than outside. As a consequence, with the LUNA facility it is possible to make direct measurements at energies well below the coulomb barrier, thus giving a solid experimental footing on several field of astrophysics and particle physics, such as the solar neutrino flux, the stellar evolution and the primordial abundance of isotopes after BBN. The presentation is centered on the measurement of the 2H(α,γ)6Li reaction, that is the leading process to produce the primordial 6Li. Recent observations of a high abundance of 6Li in metal-poor stars (Asplund et al. 2006) are debated. However, because of the very low cross section, direct measurements exists only for energies greater than 700 keV, making the 6Li abundance calculation affected by a large uncertainty. For the first time, a direct measurement has been performed at energies around Ecm=100 keV, i.e. well inside the BBN region of interest (40 keV < Ecm < 300 keV). The innovative experimental tecnique and the preliminary results will be shown.

Primary author

Dr Carlo Gustavino (INFN (IT))

Presentation materials