Extrapolation of the astrophysical S factor for [Formula Presented] to solar energies

B. K. Jennings, S. Karataglidis, T. D. Shoppa

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We investigate the energy dependence of the astrophysical S factor for the reaction [Formula Presented], the primary source of high-energy solar neutrinos in the solar [Formula Presented] chain. Using simple models we explore the model dependence in the extrapolation of the experimental data to the region of astrophysical interest near 20 keV. We find that below approximately 400 keV the energy dependence is very well understood and constrained by the data for the elastic scattering of low-energy neutrons from [Formula Presented]. Above 400 keV nuclear distortion of the wave function of the incident proton introduces a significant model dependence. This is particularly important for the s-wave contribution to the S factor. The extracted value of [Formula Presented] is [Formula Presented] eV b. The first error is experimental while the second is an estimate of the theoretical error in the extrapolation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3711-3721
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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