Lithium-6 and Gamma Rays: Complementary Constraints on Cosmic-Ray History

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The rare isotope Li is made only by cosmic rays, dominantly in αα → Li fusion reactions with ISM helium. Consequently, this nuclide provides a unique diagnostic of the history of cosmic rays in our Galaxy. The same hadronic cosmic-ray interactions also produce high-energy γ rays (mostly via pp → π → γγ). Thus, hadronic γ-rays and Li are intimately linked… (More)

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