R-process 130Cd Waiting Point

  title={R-process 130Cd Waiting Point},
  author={Nadjet Laouet and Fatima Benrachi},
Most of the elements heavier than Fe in the universe were produced by the so-called r-process. Its mechanism is based on a rapid neutron capture by the nuclei, so that the neutron capture rates are much faster than those of ? -decay. When r-process reaches nuclei with magic neutron numbers, the neutron separation or binding energies increase and the process slows down, it has to wait for several ? decays to produce heavier nuclei. These magic nuclei are the waiting points. Information about r… CONTINUE READING