Nuclear astrophysics and underground accelerators

Alessandra Guglielmetti
2014 Physics of the Dark Universe  
Accurate knowledge of thermonuclear reaction rates is a key issue in nuclear astrophysics since it is important for understanding the energy generation, neutrino production and the synthesis of the elements in stars. Cross-section measurements are mainly hampered by the very low counting rate and cosmic background. An underground location is extremely advantageous for such studies, as demonstrated by the LUNA experiment in the Gran Sasso Laboratory (Italy). This paper reports on the results
more » ... on the results recently obtained by such an experiment and on the future perspectives in this field.
doi:10.1016/j.dark.2014.05.004 fatcat:f5g6yzyksfhibirw25ii3uibie