Principles and Perspectives in Cosmochemistry: Lecture Notes of the Kodai School on 'Synthesis of Elements in Stars' held at Kodaikanal Observatory, India, April 29 - May 13, 2008

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Aruna Goswami, B. Eswar Reddy
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 19, 2010 - Science - 440 pages

A fundamental question in contemporary astrophysics is the origin of the elements. Cosmochemistry seeks to answer when, how and where the chemical elements arose. Quantitative answers to these fundamental questions require a multi-disciplinary approach involving stellar evolution, explosive nucleosynthesis and nuclear reactions in different astrophysical environments. There remain, however, many outstanding problems and cosmochemistry remains a fertile area of research. This book is among the first in recent times to put together the essentials of cosmochemistry, combining contributions from leading astrophysicists in the field. The chapters have been organized to provide a clear description of the fundamentals, an introduction to modern techniques such as computational modelling, and glimpses of outstanding issues.


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Part I Stellar Structure Nucleosynthesis and Evolution of Low and Intermediatemass Stars
Part II Massive Stars Core Collapse Explosive Nucleosynthesis
Part III Cosmochemistry and Solar System Abundances

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