Essays in Nuclear Astrophysics

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Originally published in 1982, this collection of essays provides an integrated overview of the application of nuclear science to astronomy. The book discusses, among other topics, the abundances of the nuclear and chemical species on the Earth and the Moon, in meteorites, in the stars, and in interstellar space. The hypothesis that these species are produced by nuclear reactions is then explored and related to laboratory measurements. Other subjects include the dynamics of supernovae and interdisciplinary ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1982, this collection of essays provides an integrated overview of the application of nuclear science to astronomy. The book discusses, among other topics, the abundances of the nuclear and chemical species on the Earth and the Moon, in meteorites, in the stars, and in interstellar space. The hypothesis that these species are produced by nuclear reactions is then explored and related to laboratory measurements. Other subjects include the dynamics of supernovae and interdisciplinary relationships between elementary particle physics and cosmology. The essays are dedicated to Professor William A. Fowler and pay tribute to his vast influence on the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521288767
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/1982
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; 1. Two decades of collaboration with Willy Fowler Fred Hoyle; 2. Nucleosynthesis in galaxies E. M. Burbidge and G. R. Burbidge; 3. Elemental and nuclidic abundances in the solar system A. G. W. Cameron; 4. A comparison of stellar observations and the theory of nucleosynthesis Jesse L. Greenstein; 5. Improving the reliability of experimental atomic transition probabilities Ward Whaling; 6. Some short-lived nuclides in the early solar system - a connection with the placental ISM G. J. Wasserburg and D. A. Papanastassiou; 7. Meteorite actinide chemistry and cosmochronology D. S. Burnett, M. I. Stapanian and J. H. Jones; 8. Solar power R. W. Kavanagh; 9. Hydrogen burning in massive stars W. S. Rodney and C. Rolfs; 10. Nuclear reactions in highly evolved stars C. A. Barnes; 11. The rate of the 12C(α, γ)16O reaction in stellar helium burning T. A. Tombrello, S. E. Koonin and B. A. Flanders; 12. An account of the development of the solar neutrino problem John N. Bahcall and Raymond Davis Jr; 13. 3He, red dwarfs, and our next trillion years E. E. Salpeter; 14. The s-process R. K. Ulrich; 15. The r-process and nucleocosmochronology David N. Schramm; 16. The origin of the light elements Jean Audouze and Hubert Reeves; 17. Nucleosynthesis in two 25 M stars of different population S. E. Woosley and Thomas A. Weaver; 18. Cosmic radioactivity: a gamma-ray search for the origins of atomic nuclei Donald D. Clayton; 19. On the nature of supernovae W. D. Arnett; 20. Supernova theory H. A. Bethe; 21. Nuclear theory of novae James W. Truran; 22. Free and bound quarks - accelerators and the early universe Robert V. Wagoner; 23. Particle physics and cosmology Gary Steigman; Publications and research papers of William A. Fowler; Author index; Subject index.

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