EAS Publications Series
Volume 27, 2007The Third European Summer School on Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics
|Page(s)||161 - 169|
|Published online||27 September 2007|
M. Busso, R.G. Pizzone, C. Rolfs, C. Spitaleri and A. Tumino (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 27 (2007) 161-169
12C(α, γ)16O: A Template for Nuclear Astrophysics
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Teramo, Italy
Stellar models are a fundamental tool to investigate the physical nature of stellar interiors, otherwise hidden to a direct observation. A change in the input physics used to build up a model produce different prescriptions for observable quantities. Thus, by comparing models predictions with astronomical data, we can try to constrain fundamental physics. The case of the 12C(α, γ)16O reaction is discussed in some details. Its relevance in various astrophysical contexts is reviewed.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2007
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