Feb 7 – 9, 2017
Radisson Hotel Lansing
US/Eastern timezone

PANDORA a Facility for In-Plasma Nuclear Astrophysics

Feb 8, 2017, 3:30 PM
15m
Radisson Hotel Lansing

Radisson Hotel Lansing

111 N Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
Talk [Main Conference] Contributed talk Session 8

Speaker

Prof. Agatino Musumarra (University of Catania and LNS-INFN)

Description

PANDORA, Plasmas for Astrophysics, Nuclear Decays Observation and Radiation for Archaeometry, is planned at Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (INFN-LNS) Italy, as a new facility based on an innovative plasma trap confining energetic plasma for performing interdisciplinary research in the fields of Nuclear Astrophysics, Astrophysics, Plasma Physics and Applications in Material Science. Plasma becomes an environment for measuring, for the first time, nuclear decays rates in stellar-like conditions (such as 7Be decay and beta-decay involved in s-process nucleosynthesis), especially as a function of the ionization state of the plasma ions. These studies are crucial for addressing several astrophysical issues in both stellar and primordial nucleosynthesis environments (determination of Solar Neutrino Flux and searching a solution for the Cosmological Lithium Problem). A two years feasibility study of the facility has been just funded by INFN, concerning rare isotopes in-plasma consumption and advanced plasma diagnostic methodologies. The physics case will be discussed, together with a short overview of the planned experimental setup.

Primary author

Prof. Agatino Musumarra (University of Catania and LNS-INFN)

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