#### Abstract

We have computed the cross section for the process $d(\alpha ,\gamma {)}^{6}\mathrm{Li}$ at the low energies relevant for primordial nucleosynthesis and comparison with laboratory data. The final state is a six-body wave function generated by the variational Monte Carlo method from the Argonne ${v}_{18}$ and Urbana IX potentials, including improved treatment of large-particle-separation behavior. The initial state is built up from the $\alpha $-particle and deuteron ground-state solutions for these potentials, with phenomenological descriptions of scattering and cluster distortions. The dominant $E2\mathrm{}$ cross section is in reasonable agreement with the laboratory data. Including center-of-energy and other small corrections, we obtain an $E1\mathrm{}$ contribution which is larger than the measured contribution at 2 MeV by a factor of 7. We calculate explicitly the impulse-approximation $M1\mathrm{}$ contribution, which is expected to be very small, and obtain a result consistent with zero. We find little reason to suspect that the cross section is large enough to produce significant ${}^{6}\mathrm{Li}$ in the big bang.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.63.024003

- Received 27 June 2000
- Published 23 January 2001

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