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Thursday, February 06, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
East Bridge 201 (Richard P. Feynman Lecture Hall)

Physics Colloquium

The Christy Lecture: Cosmic alchemy in the era of gravitational wave astronomy
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, UC Santa Cruz,

The source of about half of the heaviest elements in the Universe has been a mystery for a long time. Although the general picture of element formation is well understood, many questions about the nuclear physics processes and particularly the astrophysical details remain to be answered. Here I focus on recent advances in our understanding of the origin of the heaviest and rarest elements in the Universe.