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Event Number 2713

  Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Atomic Physics Seminar
The Beginning and End of Heavy Element Nucleosynthesis
Time: 11:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin
Speaker: Ian Roederer, Carnegie Observatories
Abstract: Understanding the origin of the elements is one of the major challenges of modern astrophysics. The oxygen in water molecules; the calcium in our bones; the uranium in our weapons---it's all stardust. But what about the details? The answers lie mostly with the stars. I will share recent observations from the high-resolution spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope that teach us about how some of the heaviest elements have been produced. I will highlight connections between atomic physics, nuclear physics, and astronomy that have enabled these advances.
Host: Lawler & Zweibel
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