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The European Physical Journal A

, 48:184

First Online: 12 December 2012Received: 23 October 2012Accepted: 11 November 2012


The rapid neutron capture process r-process is thought to be responsible for the creation of more than half of all elements beyond iron. The scientific challenges to understanding the origin of the heavy elements beyond iron lie in both the uncertainties associated with astrophysical conditions that are needed to allow an r-process to occur and a vast lack of knowledge about the properties of nuclei far from stability. There is great global competition to access and measure the most exotic nuclei that existing facilities can reach, while simultaneously building new, more powerful accelerators to make even more exotic nuclei. This work is an attempt to determine the most crucial nuclear masses to measure using an r-process simulation code and several mass models FRDM, Duflo-Zuker, and HFB-21. The most important nuclear masses to measure are determined by the changes in the resulting r-process abundances. Nuclei around the closed shells near N = 50 , 82, and 126 have the largest impact on r-process abundances irrespective of the mass models used.

Communicated by J. Wambach

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Author: S. Brett - I. Bentley - N. Paul - R. Surman - A. Aprahamian


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