Published Online: 28 APR 2014
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Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
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Schatz, H. 2014. Nuclear Astrophysics. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 395–426.
- Published Online: 28 APR 2014
Nuclear astrophysics aims at understanding the nuclear reaction processes that occur naturally in the cosmos and shape much of the visible universe. These nuclear processes make the stars shine, they power stellar explosions, and they are responsible for the origin of the elements, defining the relative proportions of elements available for life. This chapter highlights the direct connections between nuclear physics and astrophysics in a wide range of astrophysical environments and how the nuclear physics needed to understand the cosmos can be obtained from nuclear theory and nuclear physics experiments.
- nuclear physics;
- neutron star;
- stellar fusion;
- neutron capture rates;
- X-ray bursts