Available student project - Nucleosynthesis in the laboratory - how elements are formed in stars

Research fields

  • Astrophysics
  • Physics of the Nucleus
Star Eta Carinae

Project details

This project aims at laboratory studies of stellar nucleosynthesis applying ultra-sensitive accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) measurements:

- what processes lead to the elemental abundances we observe on Earth today? -

This innovative experimental approach will bridge fundamental nuclear physics properties and astrophysical observations. We focus on reactions which are essential to open questions in modelling nucleosynthesis in stars, i.e. where no data exist at all, or are scarce and discrepant; in particular for neutron- and charged-particle induced reactions relevant to the s- and p-process where an extremely sensitive detection method is required. Our data will be highly beneficial for our understanding of the elemental abundance of our solar system and on Earth.

This project will be performed in a truly international environment with collaborations in Europe and the US. The experimental setup at the ANU guarantees ultra-sensitive measurements of radionuclides.

Complementary measurements will be performed at CERN within the n_TOF collaboration.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters

Contact supervisor

Wallner, Anton profile
Senior Fellow

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