Nuclei in the Cosmos, a volume of conference papers, gathers together astronomers, astrophysicists, and nuclear physicists for a thorough discussion of nucleosynthesis, its role in the evolution of the universe, and its intriguing possibilities as a diagnostic tool for stellar interiors. Nineteen invited papers provide a solid review of nucleosynthesis topics, and approximately another 70 papers bring you up-to-date on the forefront of research in this quickly-developing area.
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Papers include: Astronomical facts: The processes of nucleosynthesis and chemical evolution as observed in stars - three examples. Surface composition of chemically peculiar stars. The ESO key programme on supernovae - a systematic approach to supernovae studies. Observations in circumstellar envelopes. Chemical and isotopic composition of cosmic rays. An overview about initial results from the Compton observatory GRO. Isotopic astronomy from anomalies in meteorites - recent advances and new frontiers. Nuclear physics: Charged-particle thermonuclear reactions. s-Process studies with improved cross sections. Radioactive nuclear beams for astrophysics. The ^D*B-delayed ^D*a spectrum of ^T16N and the low-energy extrapolation of the ^T12C(^D*a, ^D*g)^T 16O cross section. Nuclear data for unstable isotopes. Microscopic models for nuclear reaction rates. Properties of nuclei in astrophysical environments - binding energies, weak-interaction rates. The early universe and galactic evolution: Primordial nucleosynthesis and beryllium. The chemical evolution of galaxies. Stellar models and nucleosynthesis: Galactic chemical evolution - the intermediate mass elements. The r-process in the hot-bubble. The status of solar neutrino experiments.
"The book gives a very interesting and detailed overview of our present knowledge on nucleosynthesis processes and its influence in astronomical objects. Especially the interdisciplinary discussions make the book something special."