Gamow-Teller Strength Distributions in Astrophysics

  • G. M. Fuller
  • S. D. Bloom


The calculation of the weak interaction rates of nuclei in hot and dense stellar environments is briefly discussed, with emphasis on the role of Gamow-Teller strength distributions. This discussion is specialized to the importance of electron capture reactions on neutron rich nuclei during the collapse of a pre-supernova stellar core. The results of shell model calculations of Gamow-Teller strength distributions for electron capture reactions on the ground and first excited states for each of 56 Fe, 60Fe, and 64Fe are presented and the implications for future work in nuclear physics and the supernova core collapse problem are discussed.


Electron Capture Neutron Rich Nucleus Shell Model Calculation Lanczos Method Total Strength 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Fuller
    • 1
  • S. D. Bloom
    • 2
  1. 1.Enrico Fermi InstituteUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and the Department of Applied ScienceUniversity of California (Davis/Livermore)LivermoreUSA

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