The Texas Active Target (TexAT) particle detector designed and built by Texas A&M physicists is the centerpiece in a collaborative experiment to test whether other particles — specifically stray neutrons — could be involved in creating carbon. (All photographs courtesy of the Rogachev Group.)

Texas A&M-Led Study Reveals Diminished Role for Neutrons in Creation of Carbon in Stars

Apr 22, 2022
“We now have the direct measurement, which provides accurate data on the probability of this process. It turned out that the theoretical predictions for the probability of this neutron upscattering on carbon were off by more than one order of magnitude. The experimentally measured value is much smaller.”
Dr. Grigory Rogachev, Texas A&M physicist