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Nuclear and astrophysics aspects for the rapid neutron capture process in the era of multimessenger observations


Ines Campo
+39 0461 314721
Monday, 1 July, 2019 - 08:00 to Friday, 5 July, 2019 - 14:00
ECT* meeting room

The rapid-neutron capture process (r-process) is responsible for producing around half of all nuclides heavier than iron. One site for the r-process was recently confirmed: the advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors observed two neutron stars merging and immediate follow-up observations were compatible with a kilonova, a thermal “afterglow” powered by radioactive decay of newly synthesized r-process material. Moreover, the observations indicated that neutron-star mergers produce a blue lanthanide-free signal followed by a red lanthanide-rich component, contrary to expectations. Although neutron-star mergers are now known to be r-process element factories, this might not be the only r-process site, and a comprehensive understanding and description of the r-process is still lacking.

This workshop will bring together theorists and experimentalists to address the many aspects of nuclear physics and astrophysics that must be considered and properly understood in order to model the r-process.

Registration period: 
01 Mar 2019 to 10 Jun 2019


Alfredo Estrade Central Michigan University
Stephane Goriely Université Libre de Bruxelles
Anu Kankainen University of Jyvaskyla
Ann-Cecilie Larsen University of Oslo
Olivier Sorlin GANIL - CEA/DSMCNRS/ IN2P3