Nuclear Energy Production

  • Rudolf Kippenhahn
  • Alfred Weigert
  • Achim Weiss
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


We shall limit ourselves here to a very rough summary of the most important features of nuclear reactions in stars. This will suffice completely for the consideration of the main band of stellar structures, while the study of particular aspects of nuclear astrophysics anyway requires the consultation of specialized literature. For example, we will only deal with energy production of equilibrium nuclear burning, i.e. we will neglect the effects occurring when the time-scale of a rapidly changing star becomes comparable to that of an important nuclear reaction. On the other hand, we will also briefly touch on such topics as electron screening or neutrino production, about which a certain minimum of information seems to be indispensible for general discussions.


Compound Nucleus Coulomb Barrier Neutrino Energy Hydrogen Burning Thermonuclear Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Kippenhahn
    • 1
  • Alfred Weigert
    • 2
  • Achim Weiss
    • 3
  1. 1.GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Universität HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Institut für AstrophysikGarchingGermany

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