Physics Colloquium: Carlos Bertulani, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University

Monday, April 16 2012 at 4:00 PM

Location: EP 209

The Physics Colloquium, with Carlos Bertulani, department of physics and astronomy, Texas A&M University, titled "Nuclear physics in the cosmos" will occur April 16 at 4 p.m. in EP 209.

Abstract: Nuclear astrophysics studies the physics of atomic nuclei, gravity and thermodynamics in the early universe, stars and stellar explosions. A hundred years of nuclear science has allowed us to infer the origin of the chemical elements out of which our bodies and the Earth are made. We now believe that the lightest elements were created in nuclear reactions in the first three minutes after the big bang, and all the rest were made in nuclear reactions inside the stars and distributed throughout interstellar space via stellar winds and giant stellar explosions. Bertulani will show how a new generation of theoretical developments and experiments can shed light on the complex nuclear processes that control the evolution of stars and stellar explosions.