Astronomy with Radioactivities

  • Roland Diehl
  • Dieter H. Hartmann
  • Nikos Prantzos

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 812)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Role of Radioactivities in Astrophysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Specific Sources of Cosmic Isotopes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. M. Lugaro, A. Chieffi
      Pages 83-151
    3. F.-K. Thielemann, R. Hirschi, M. Liebendörfer, R. Diehl
      Pages 153-231
    4. J. Isern, M. Hernanz, J. José
      Pages 233-305
  4. Special Places to Observe Cosmic Isotopes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. M. Busso
      Pages 309-344
    3. R. Diehl, D.H. Hartmann, N. Prantzos
      Pages 345-436
  5. Tools for the Study of Radioactivities in Astrophysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 437-437
    2. M. Liebendörfer
      Pages 439-459
    3. M. Wiescher, T. Rauscher
      Pages 461-489
    4. G. Kanbach, L. Nittler
      Pages 491-515
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 517-517
    2. R. Diehl, D.H. Hartmann, N. Prantzos
      Pages 519-523
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 525-564

About this book


This book introduces the reader to the field of nuclear astrophysics, i.e. the acquisition and reading of measurements on unstable isotopes in different parts of the universe. The authors explain the role of radioactivities in astrophysics, discuss specific sources of cosmic isotopes and in which special regions they can be observed. More specifically, the authors address stars of different types, stellar explosions which terminate stellar evolutions, and other explosions triggered by mass transfers and instabilities in binary stars. They also address nuclear reactions and transport processes in interstellar space, in the contexts of cosmic rays and of chemical evolution. A special chapter is dedicated to the solar system which even provides material samples. The book also contains a description of key tools which astrophysicists employ in those particular studies and a glossary of key terms in astronomy with radioactivities.


Cosmic nucleosynthesis nuclear fusion in stars radioactive elements in the Universe supernovae unstable isotopes

Editors and affiliations

  • Roland Diehl
    • 1
  • Dieter H. Hartmann
    • 2
  • Nikos Prantzos
    • 3
  1. 1.MPI für extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Dept. Physics & AstronomyClemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  3. 3.Institut d'Astrophysique de ParisParisFrance

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