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RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting

Barry Davids of SFU/TRIUMF - We are All Stardust: Nuclear Physics in the Cosmos

Location: Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education at SFU Burnaby Campus, in the Chemistry Department, Room C9501.

Click here for a REVISED campus map with directions to parking, bus stop, and lecture

PLEASE NOTE: A REVISED CAMPUS MAP WITH A NEW ROUTE TO PARKING HAS BEEN POSTED AS OF FEBRUARY 12 - OWING TO MAJOR NEW CAMPUS ROAD WORK.

The science of nuclear astrophysics applies what we have learned about the physics of atomic nuclei, gravity, and thermodynamics from laboratory experiments to the early universe, stars and stellar explosions. Ninety years of experimental and theoretical efforts have allowed us to infer the origin of the chemical elements out of which our bodies and the Earth are made. We now believe that the lightest elements were created in nuclear reactions in the first hour after the big bang and nearly all the rest were made in nuclear reactions inside the stars and subsequently distributed throughout interstellar space via stellar winds and giant stellar explosions. This talk will describe our current understanding of these topics at an elementary level.


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  • Eugene K.

    Talk was excellent. Meeting was too long. Left no time for disscussion.

    February 14, 2014

  • Kyle

    Very well done. Quite descriptive.

    February 13, 2014

  • Terry M.

    Fascinating, comprehensible, well presented

    February 13, 2014

  • J.Karl M.

    Thanks for all the good wishes, folks. Fortunately, I have no pain and the physiotherapist arranged for a walker and crutches, which I have started to use. Time seems to go quickly every day, because for me to do things take so much longer. I'll just have to have patience, working on my recovery.

    February 13, 2014

  • J.Karl M.

    Sorry, had to cancel. Still have only limited mobility with the broken hip joint socket.

    February 12, 2014

    • Angela S

      Nasty one Karl, hope you heal well soon.

      February 13, 2014

    • Howard T.

      Karl, get well soon! Our Meetup friends may not know that you broke your hip while volunteering at a star party for scouts at Seymour - slipping on ice that also caused some scouts to fall elsewhere on the mountain on that extremely cold day.

      February 13, 2014

  • Howard T.

    Something was wrong with the link to the directions, but it seems to be working now. Previously, a window would open denying access to the file, though clicking on the file name in that window produced the file anyway. Again, it should be fine now. If you have any difficulties accessing the file, please email me and I'll send you the file directly: [masked]

    February 13, 2014

  • Howard T.

    Please note that new directions to parking for the lecture at SFU have just been posted, owing to major new campus roadwork.

    February 12, 2014

  • Tony N.

    Looking forward to meeting the group.

    January 12, 2014

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