Physical Review Letters
The American Physical Society
Silicon burning at temperatures in the neighborhood of 4 × 109 °K has been studied with the aid of a quasiequilibrium model which describes the abundance of the nuclei in the interval 28<~A<~62. It is found that, for a broad range of temperatures and densities, silicon burning leads to nuclear abundance distributions which match important features of the natural solar-system abundance distributions and that a large nuclear energy release accompanies silicon burning.
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