The half-life of the doubly-magic r-process nucleus 78Ni

H. Schatz, P. T. Hosmer, A. Aprahamian, O. Arndt, R. R.C. Clement, A. Estrade, K. L. Kratz, S. N. Liddick, P. F. Mantica, W. F. Mueller, F. Montes, A. C. Morton, M. Ouellette, E. Pellegrini, B. Pfeiffer, P. Reeder, P. Santi, M. Steiner, A. Stolz, B. E. TomlinW. B. Walters, A. Wöhr

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Despite a lot of experimental and theoretical progress the question of the r-process site and the origin of the heavy elements in nature remains one of the biggest open questions in nuclear astrophysics. We report first results from experiments with rare isotope beams of r-process nuclei at Michigan State University's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. This includes a first measurement of the half-life of the doubly-magic waiting point nucleus 78Ni, which serves as a major bottle-neck for the synthesis of heavy elements in many r-process models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-642
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Physical Journal A
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Sep 2005


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