Nucleosynthesis in stars: Recent developments

David Arnett, Grant Bazan

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Abstract

The development of new observational, experimental, and computational technologies is changing our understanding of the origins of the elements by thermonuclear burning in stars. Gamma-ray lines from newly made radioactive nuclei have been identified using instruments onboard low-Earth orbiting satellites. Grains in meteorites have isotopic anomalies which suggest that the grains were put together in a stellar explosion such as a supernova. Computer simulations allow such anomalies to be used to probe how these events happen. The simulations are being independently tested by experiments with high-energy density lasers. These developments are beginning to provide a quantitative diagnostic of galactic evolution, and of the epoch of formation of the first stars and galaxies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1359-1362
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume276
Issue number5317
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 1997

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