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Reactions involving 12C: Nucleosynthesis and Stellar Evolution
The understanding of the physics of low-energy nuclear reaction is essential for explaining the chemical evolution of the universe. Nuclear reactions are the engine of stars and control the formation of elements, characterizing the different phases of stellar evolution: hydrogen burning in main-sequence stars, helium burning in red giants, and carbon, neon, and oxygen burning during the late stages of stellar evolution. Carbon is a key element, as it is the source of all organic materials, and it is one of the most abundant elements in the universe next to hydrogen and helium. The discussion of reaction rates involving carbon is the focus of the workshop which will bring together a number of experts in low-energy nuclear experiment, nuclear reaction theory as well as experts in simulations and modeling of astrophysical environments ranging from late star evolution, to shock-front driven explosions and thermonuclear runaways in cataclysmic binary star systems.
|Leandro R. Gasques||University of São Paulo|
|Michael C. Wiescher||University of Notre Dame|