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Nuclear Astrophysics

  1. Hendrik Schatz

Published Online: 28 APR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9783527600434.eap714

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Schatz, H. 2014. Nuclear Astrophysics. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 395–426.

Author Information

  1. Michigan State University, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and Department of Physics and Astronomy, East Lansing, MI, USA

Publication History

  1. 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;
  • astrophysics;
  • neutron star;
  • stellar fusion;
  • neutron capture rates;
  • X-ray bursts