Sep 4 – 9, 2022
Europe/Zurich timezone

The $\gamma$-process nucleosynthesis in core-collapse supernovae

Sep 6, 2022, 6:00 PM
61/1-201 - Pas perdus - Not a meeting room - (CERN)

61/1-201 - Pas perdus - Not a meeting room -


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Lorenzo Roberti (Konkoly Observatory, CSFK)


The nucleosynthesis of elements heavier than iron in stars is one of the most relevant topics in nuclear astrophysics. The neutron-capture processes made most of the abundances of heavy elements in the solar system, but they are not able to make a number of rare proton-rich stable isotopes (p-nuclei) lying on the left side of the stability valley. The $\gamma$-process, i.e. a chain of photodisintegrations on heavy nuclei, is the most established process for the synthesis of p-nuclei in core-collapse supernovae. In this talk, I will present the main features of the $\gamma$-process nucleosynthesis in massive stars, considering a range of different progenitor stars and supernova explosions. I will discuss present uncertainties affecting the $\gamma$-process, and the discrepancies between theory and observations affecting the production of the stable p-nuclei and of the radioactive isotopes $\rm^{92}Nb$ and $\rm^{146}Sm$, which signature has been measured in Early Solar System material.

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Lorenzo Roberti (Konkoly Observatory, CSFK)


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