Nuclear physics determines the properties of a variety of astrophysical events from the relatively constant and unchanging night sky to the cataclysmic explosions that enrich the cosmos with their ashes. Owing to their relatively high frequency (~30 in our Galaxy per year), novae provide a prime opportunity to study nucleosynthesis under extreme conditions. This nucleosynthesis is largely determined by the properties and reactions on proton-rich radioactive nuclei from roughly carbon to calcium. In fact, novae are probably the only explosive astrophysical events for which there is a reasonable opportunity to study all of the reactions of interest within our lifetimes. This talk will explore usage of the radioisotope 18F to constrain nova nucleosynthesis and the nuclear physics challenges that are involved.
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