captures in astrophysics and nucleosynthesis
Radiative captures play a crucial role in nucleosynthesis, allowing
light nuclei to combine into heavier nuclei. Accurate rates for many
of these reactions are therefore crucial if we are to understand the
origin of the elements and the functioning of the stars. I will first
provide a very brief overview of radiative captures in astrophysics.
I will then discuss specific cases in synthesis of the light elements
and in the evolution of low-mass stars in which uncertainties in
radiative-capture rates translate into uncertainties in astrophysics.
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