Synthesis of the Heavier-than-Iron Elements

  • Giora Shaviv
Chapter
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 387)

Abstract

The famous curve of the binding energy per nucleon tells us that the most stable nuclei are in the iron group. Stellar evolution is therefore the formation of more and more stable nuclei, accompanied by the extraction of the nuclear binding energy which is then radiated away. The nuclei beyond the iron group are less and less stable, and their formation requires energy.

Keywords

Neutron Source Neutron Capture Convective Zone Main Sequence Planetary Nebula 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giora Shaviv
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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