University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

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Monday, April 4th 2016
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Projjwall Banerjee, University of Minnesota
Subject: Synthesis of Heavy Elements in Primordial Stars

We propose a new site for the synthesis of heavy elements by neutron-capture process in primordial metal-free as well as metal-poor stars during the late stages of their evolution. We find that a wide range of neutron-capture abundance patterns can be produced. This can explain the fact that neutron-capture elements have been observed in most of the metal-poor stars even at the lowest metallicities and that the observed patterns of these elements show deviations from the solar-r process pattern.

Faculty Host: Yong-Zhong Qian

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