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16:30 - 18:00 23 March 2011

The 21st Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture: Nuclear Astrophysics - Creation of the chemical elements


Chemistry Auditorium | Christopher Ingold Building (link Map)
20 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AJ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student

Speaker information

Professor Alan Shotter, University of Edinburgh

Creation of the chemical elements occurs in various stellar environments and is a process that has been ongoing since the beginning of the Universe. At the core of this creation process are many hundreds of nuclear reactions that not only evolve the heavy elements from Hydrogen and Helium but also provide a vital energy source for stellar evolution. Since only a fraction of these reactions have been measured, the task of Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics is to address this problem by directly measuring some of the most vital reactions – many of which present extreme experimental challenges. The talk will present an overview of our current knowledge of cosmic element abundances, and laboratory efforts to gain greater understanding of the underlying nuclear physics.


Christine Johnston
+44 (0)207 679 3943 | christine.johnston@ucl.ac.uk


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