NBIA Seminar: Almudena Arcones

(Technical University of Darmstadt)

Nucleosynthesis of heavy elements in neutron star mergers and rare core-collapse supernovae

Our understanding of the origin of heavy elements by the rapid neutron capture process (r-process) has made great progress in the last years. In addition to the gravitational wave and kilonova observations for GW170817, there have been major advances in the hydrodynamical simulations of neutron star mergers and core-collapse supernovae, in the microphysics included in those simulations (neutrinos and high density equation of state (EoS)), in galactic chemical evolution models, in observations of old stars in our galaxy and in dwarf galaxies. This talk will report on recent breakthroughs in understanding the extreme environment in which the formation of the heavy elements occurs, as well as open questions regarding the astrophysics and nuclear physics involved. Observations of old stars and meteorites can strongly constrain the astrophysical site of the r-process, once the nuclear physics uncertainties of extreme neutron-rich nuclei are reduced by experiments and by improved theoretical models.

Link to Zoom session

Zoom meeting ID: 650 5864 4510