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Essentials of Nucleosynthesis and Theoretical Nuclear Astrophysics

Thomas Rauscher


Studies in nucleosynthesis and nuclear astrophysics are highly interdisciplinary, encompassing such fields as nuclear physics, stellar structure and evolution, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, differential equations for following isotopic abundance changes in stellar plasmas and in the interstellar medium, and astronomical observations. Essentials of Nucleosynthesis and Theoretical Nuclear Astrophysics brings together the theoretical aspects of these topics in a single volume, providing the necessary mathematical tools and equations with unified notation to enable studying nucleosynthesis in a variety of astrophysical sites. Essential definitions and theory are presented that will enable the reader to enter the research field with the familiarity of the specialities and specific problems. Useful as a reference work for any researcher in the field of nucleosynthesis and nuclear astrophysics, or a suitable basis for a graduate course on these topics, the book also provides the information necessary to follow discussions of current open questions in the understanding of the origin of the elements.

Key Features

  • Offers a concise summary of the most important concepts and equations related to nucleosynthesis and theoretical nuclear astrophysics
  • Presents the essential definitions and approaches to help those entering this interdisciplinary field
  • Provides the information necessary to follow discussions of current open questions in the understanding of the origin of the elements

About Editors

Thomas Rauscher is an active researcher in nuclear physics and astrophysics. He teaches at the University of Basel, is a visiting research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, and also works at the Swiss Federal Institute for Intellectual Property in Berne, Switzerland. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious funded fellowships and awards, including the Ludwig Boltzmann Prize from the ӦPG (Austrian Physical Society) for his work in theoretical physics and an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. He has authored a large number of highly cited publications in scientific journals.

Table of Contents

I Essentials 1 Basic properties of stars and the stellar plasma 2 Stellar models 3 Nuclear Physics for Astrophysics 4 Abundance changes in astrophysical plasmas II Stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis 5 Introduction 6 Stellar evolution 7 Hydrostatic burning phases 8 Origin of the elements beyond Fe 9 Explosive nucleosynthesis 10 Primordial nucleosynthesis 11 Galactic origin of the elements


Hardback ISBN: 9780750311502

Ebook ISBN: 9780750311496

DOI: 10.1088/2514-3433/ab8737

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: AAS-IOP Astronomy


I consider that the author met his goal and the book will prove useful to the graduate student, the active professional, and even to this and other retirees (!).
Were I again to return to the classroom (but certainly not virtually!) to inform and entertain graduate students about theoretical and observational
nucleosynthesis, Rauscher's book would be on my reading list to cover theoretical aspects of nucleosynthesis and nuclear astrophysics.

David L. Lambert 2021 The Observatory

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