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Nuclear Astrophysics 
Winter semester 2019/20
Associate Professorship of Experimentalphysik (E12) - Nukleare Astrophysik (Prof. Bishop)
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This course focuses on the fundamentals of stellar structure; stars as hydrostatic, gravitationally bound objects, in which energy production inside them is balanced by the energy flowing out to space. Thermonuclear reaction rates are derived and this introduces the nuclear reaction cross-section. Direction connection between the nuclear reaction rates measured in laboratories to the nucleosynthesis observed in red giant stars is shown. The physics of the mass-luminosity relation for Main Sequence stars like our own Sun is derived.

Explosive nucleosynthesis is covered observationally, and experimental methods for measuring resonant thermonuclear reaction rates are presented. Stellar explosions require that sudden and rapid thermal energy be produced inside a star; this requires resonant nuclear reactions, which is a topic taught in this course

The student will exit this course with a solid foundation in the fundamental physics which governs the structure, lifetimes, and nucleosynthesis of stars. And will have a greater appreciation of the experimental techniques and challenges for measuring nuclear reaction rates at kinetic energies far below the Coulomb barrier.
Differential and Integral Calculus, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics, that you have already learned from your Semester 1 - 6 courses.
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Cauldrons in the Cosmos: Nuclear Astrophysics, C.E. Rolfs & W. S. Rodney, University Of Chicago Press.
Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis, Donald D. Clayton, University Of Chicago Press.
Nuclear Physics of Stars, Christian Iliadis, Wiley-VCH.
Nucleosynthesis and Chemical Evolution of Galaxies, Bernard E.J. Pagel, Cambridge University Press.
Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis, David Arnett, Princeton University Press.
An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Bradley W. Carroll & Dale A. Ostlie, Addison Wesley.
Isotopes: Principles and Applications, Gunter Faure & Teresa M. Mensing, Johen Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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