Neutrinos, supernovae, and the origin of the heavy elements

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Stars of ~ 8-100 M end their lives as core-collapse supernovae (SNe). In the process they emit a powerful burst of neutrinos, produce a variety of elements, and leave behind either a neutron star or a black hole. The wide mass range for SN progenitors results in diverse neutrino signals, explosion energies, and nucleosynthesis products. A major mechanism to produce nuclei heavier than iron is rapid neutron capture, or the r process. This process may be connected to SNe in several ways. A brief review is presented on current understanding of neutrino emission, explosion, and nucleosynthesis of SNe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number049501
JournalScience China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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  • neutrino
  • nucleosynthesis
  • supernova
  • the r process


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