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.
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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.