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$$s$$-process branching at $$^{185}$$W revised

Mohr, P.*; Shizuma, Toshiyuki; Ueda, Hiroyasu*; Goko, Shinji*; Makinaga, Ayano*; Hara, Kaoru*; Hayakawa, Takehito; Lui, Y.-W.*; Ogaki, Hideaki*; Utsunomiya, Hiroaki*

The neutron capture cross section of the unstable s-process branching nucleus $$^{185}$$W has been derived from experimental data of the inverse $$^{186}$$W($$gamma$$,n)$$^{185}$$W photodisintegration taken with monochromatic photon beams from laser Compton scattering. The result of $$sigma = 553 pm 60$$mb at $$kT = 30$$keV leads to a relatively high effective neutron density in the classical s process of $$N_{rm{n}} = 4.7 times 10^8,{rm{cm}}^{-3}$$. A realistic model for the s process in thermally pulsing AGB stars overestimates the abundance of $$^{186}$$Os significantly because of the relatively small neutron capture cross section of $$^{185}$$W.

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