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

  • Aruna Goswami
  • B. Eswar Reddy
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Stellar Structure, Nucleosynthesis and Evolution of Low and Intermediate-mass Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amanda I. Karakas
      Pages 107-164
    3. Sunetra Giridhar
      Pages 165-180
  3. Massive Stars, Core Collapse, Explosive Nucleosynthesis

  4. Cosmochemistry and Solar System Abundances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 346-346
    2. Bruce Fegley Jr., Laura Schaefer
      Pages 347-377
    3. Katharina Lodders
      Pages 379-417
    4. Aruna Goswami
      Pages 419-421

About these proceedings


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.


Stellar structure astrophysics cosmochemistry element abundances nucleosynthesis stellar evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Aruna Goswami
    • 1
  • B. Eswar Reddy
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of AstrophysicsBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of AstrophysicsBangaloreIndia

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