Date of Award
Dr. Alan H. Wuosmaa
Dr. Dean W. Halderson
Dr. Kirk T. Korista
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
Current stellar models for the evolution of stars depend upon the accuracy of carbon amounts generated during helium burning. One method by which carbon is created is through the triple alpha process. The uncertainty in the rate of the triple alpha process is 12% and limits the accuracy of stellar models.
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Goodman, Nicholas J., "Improving the Uncertainty of the Pair Branching Ratio for the First Excited Spin 0 State of Carbon-12" (2009). Masters Theses. 253.