Nuclear reaction rate enhancement in dense stellar matter.
Abstract
The enhancement factor for the rate of thermonuclear reactions in dense stellar matter is calculated in the onecomponent, strongly coupled plasma model. The nuclear reaction rate is related to the shortrange behavior of the quantummechanical pair correlation function. Within the range of parameters which is investigated here, the pair correlation function is expressed in terms of classical quantities, which are known from existing computer results; the classical potential of mean force is found to play an important role, from the practical point of view. Numerical results are given.
 Publication:

The Astrophysical Journal
 Pub Date:
 December 1978
 DOI:
 10.1086/156681
 Bibcode:
 1978ApJ...226.1034A
 Keywords:

 Astrophysics;
 Magnetohydrodynamics;
 Nuclear Astrophysics;
 Reaction Kinetics;
 Thermonuclear Reactions;
 Correlation;
 Nuclei (Nuclear Physics);
 Perturbation Theory;
 Potential Theory;
 Quantum Mechanics;
 Astrophysics;
 Nuclear Reactions:Stellar Interiors