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Graduate Student Seminar

Friday, October 2, 2020
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Storrs Campus

Prof. M. Gai, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut

Oxygen Formation in Stellar Helium Burning

The Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS) at Avery Point (, aka the Laboratory for Astrophysics, is engaged in research of several problems central to stellar Evolution theory. Today we shall discuss oxygen formation is stellar helium burning, that determines the C/O ratio in stars. This is an essential laboratory input to stellar evolution theory that for example determines the final fate of a Type II supernova (black hole or neutron star), as well as the light curve of a Type Ia supernova (that is used to measure distances to the end of the observable universe from which the accelerated expansion of the universe was recently discovered).

This presentation will involve our faculty at Avery Point (Gai) and in the UK (Smith) and the two graduate students (Stern and Schweitzer) who are working on experiments at Duke University in the USA, in Warsaw, Poland, and in a new facility constructed in Romania.


Prof. V. Kharchenko

Physics Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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