Neutrino-induced nucleosynthesis and deuterium


DOMOGATSKY and Nadyozhin1 have suggested that the neutrino flux from a collapsing stellar core might induce nuclear transformation in the mantle and envelope of the surrounding pre-supernova star. They further suggest that such weak interactions might be responsible for producing the so called ‘p-process’ nuclei which are the rare heavy elements bypassed by the neutron capture chains responsible for synthesising most nuclei heavier than iron. This letter points out a weakness in their model as a mechanism for p-nucleosynthesis and concurrently suggests a rather novel method for the synthesis of deuterium that may have been operative during an early generation of supermassive stars (M106–108M).

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WOOSLEY, S. Neutrino-induced nucleosynthesis and deuterium. Nature 269, 42–44 (1977).

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