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February 5, 202210:00 am – 11:00 am (CDT)

SMP 2022, Event 2: Understanding stars by banging stuff together in a lab


Philip Adsley (Texas A&M University)


Ralf Rapp



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Much of the material around us - the iron in our blood, the calcium in our bones, the silicon in our computers - was formed in stars. Understanding how nuclear burning processes take place in stars is vital in understanding the evolution of the universe from after the Big Bang to the present day. Laboratory experiments of the nuclear reactions taking place in stars are a necessity in understanding the evolution of the universe.

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