22-26 January 2018
Bormio, Italy
Europe/Berlin timezone

Nuclear Physics and the Origin of Heavy Elements

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Bormio, Italy

Bormio, Italy

Overview Talk Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics


Dr Jorge Pereira (National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)


The theoretical quest to explain the synthesis of heavy elements has not yet been fully solved. These nuclei are considered to be produced mainly in neutron-capture processes and, to a lesser extent, in charge-particle reactions. Advances in this field have been possible through comprehensive astrophysical studies, which combine hydrodynamic simulations and reaction network calculations. The later are sensitive to both the astrophysical conditions and the properties of the nuclei involved. In this presentation, I will discuss the most relevant aspects in nuclear-physics affecting the nucleosynthesis of heavy elements. Special emphasis will be given to charge-particle reactions in neutrino-driven winds, and their possible connection to the synthesis of the so-called light r-elements (Sr, Y, and Zr).

Primary author

Dr Jorge Pereira (National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

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