22-26 January 2018
Bormio, Italy
Europe/Berlin timezone

Underground Nuclear Astrophysics: Present and future of the LUNA experiment

26 Jan 2018, 18:20
20m
Bormio, Italy

Bormio, Italy

Short Contribution Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics Friday Afternoon

Speaker

Dr Carlo Gustavino (INFN-Roma1)

Description

The evolution of all the celestial bodies is regulated by gravitation and thermonuclear reaction rates,while the Big Bang nucleosynthesis depends on the competition between the expanding universe and the cross section of several nuclear processes. The LUNA Collaboration has shown that, by exploiting the ultra low background achieable deep underground, it is possible to study the relevant nuclear processes down to the nucleosynthesis energy inside stars and during the first minutes of Universe. In this talk the main results obtained by LUNA and their implications in astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology are reported. The scientific program of LUNA with the forthcoming 3.5 MV accelerator is also discussed.

Summary

The evolution of all the celestial bodies is regulated by gravitation and thermonuclear reaction rates,while the Big Bang nucleosynthesis depends on the competition between the expanding universe and the cross section of several nuclear processes. The LUNA Collaboration has shown that, by exploiting the ultra low background achieable deep underground, it is possible to study the relevant nuclear processes down to the nucleosynthesis energy inside stars and during the first minutes of Universe. In this talk the main results obtained by LUNA and their implications in astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology are reported. The scientific program of LUNA with the forthcoming 3.5 MV accelerator is also discussed.

Primary author

Dr Carlo Gustavino (INFN-Roma1)

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