Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124 (FAX): (865) 574-1268
The origin of the heavy elements in nature is one of the big open questions in nuclear astrophysics. What is clear is that the rapid neutron capture process played a key role, but where the process takes place and what its exact nature is remains unknown. I will summarize the open questions and recent advances in our understanding of the r-process from astronomical observations and nuclear physics experiments. In particular, I will present results from the experimental program at Michigan State University's NSCL.