Refining the understanding of x-ray burst light curves: direct measurement of 22Mg(α,p)25Al reaction

Published: November 2020 Ahn

Lead Author(s): J.S. Randhawa

X-ray burst (XRB) light curves, powered by surface nuclear burning on an accreting neutron star, are a direct observable that when compared to models provide an independent way to constraint the neutron star mass-radius relation. The 22Mg(α,p)25Al reaction, identified as one of the most important for understanding XRB light curves, has been measured using a radioactive beam and active-target detector at the NSCL. Learn more

Publication: First Direct Measurement of 22Mg(α,p)25Al and Implications for X-Ray Burst Model-Observation Comparisons