Rare Isotopes: the DNA of Stellar Explosions

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Center)
Christopher Wrede, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Exploding stars put on spectacular astronomical displays and produce many of the chemical elements that make up life on Earth. Microscopic nuclear interactions involving unstable rare isotopes can drive energy generation and strongly influence the synthesis of chemical elements in these explosions. Experiments at rare isotope beam facilities are beginning to provide the detailed nuclear physics information needed to understand our origins.