Cancelled - Nuclear Physics for the Astrophysical r-Process

Matthew Mumpower (Los Alamos)
Event Date and Time: 
Wed, 2016-10-12 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Auditorium

The rapid neutron capture or `r-process' of nucleosynthesis is thought to be responsible for approximately half of the neutron-rich heavy elements above iron on the periodic table. Isolating and constraining the possible astrophysical sites where this process may occur is one of the most challenging problems in all of physics. It requires knowledge of nuclear physics properties for thousands of unstable isotopes, a proper modeling of astrophysical events as well as precise observations of very dim, metal-poor stars. I discuss the latest progress being made in the pursuit of uncovering the site(s) of the r-process. I explore uncertainties in theoretical nuclear physics inputs and show how these impact calculations of the final abundances we observe in nature. Finally, I present a new approach to predicting the properties of short-lived neutron-rich nuclei utilizing the rare earth r-process abundances and discuss the implications for measurements at radioactive beam facilities.

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