Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics

Nuclei in the Cosmos

Editors: Oberhummer, Heinz (Ed.)

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Nuclear astrophysics as it stands today is a fascinating science. Even though, compared to other scientific fields, it is a young discipline which has developed only in this century, it has answered many questions concerning the under­ standing of our cosmos. One of these great achievements was the concept of nucleosynthesis, the creation of the elements in the early universe in interstellar matter and in stars. Nuclear astrophysics has continued, to solve many riddles of the evolution of the myriads of stars in our cosmos. This review volume attempts to provide an overview of the current status of nuclear astrophysics. Special emphasis is given to the interdisciplinary nature of the field: astronomy, nuclear physics, astrophysics and particle physics are equally involved. One basic effort of nuclear astrophysics is the collection of ob­ servational facts with astronomical methods. Laboratory studies of the nuclear processes involved in various astrophysical scenarios have provided fundamen­ tal information serving both as input for and test of astrophysical models. The theoretical understanding of nuclear reaction mechanisms is necessary, for example, to extrapolate the experimentally determined reaction rates to the thermonuclear energy range, which is relevant for the nuclear processes in our cosmos. Astrophysical models and calculations allow us to simulate how nuclear processes contribute to driving the evolution of stars, interstellar matter and the whole universe. Finally, elementary particle physics also plays an important role in the field of nuclear astrophysics, for instance through weak interaction processes involving neutrinos.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Experimental Determination of Stellar Reaction Rates

    Rolfs, C.

    Pages 1-7

  • Radioactive Ion Beams in Nuclear Astrophysics

    Vervier, Jean

    Pages 9-27

  • Direct Reaction Mechanism in Astrophysically Relevant Processes

    Oberhummer, H. (et al.)

    Pages 29-59

  • Nuclear Reaction Rates — from Laboratory Experiments and in the Stellar Plasma

    Langanke, Karlheinz

    Pages 61-88

  • Abundances in Galaxies

    Pagel, B. E. J.

    Pages 89-107

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nuclei in the Cosmos
Editors
  • Heinz Oberhummer
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-48840-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-48840-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-48842-9
Series ISSN
0938-037X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 236
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