Cosmic Evolution of Isotopic Abundances: Basics

  • Roland DiehlEmail author
  • Nikos Prantzos
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 453)


The description of the tempo-spatial evolution of the composition of cosmic gas on galactic scales is called ‘galactic chemical evolution’. It combines the knowledge about cosmic sources of nuclei (that is their internal workings and nucleosynthesis yields, and their properties such as frequency of occurrence and spatial distribution), with knowledge about the formation and evolution of these sources in the greater context of a galaxy, as well as transport processes of gas within galaxies. It provides a useful framework, allowing us to interpret the large amount of observational data concerning the chemical composition of stars, galaxies and the interstellar medium.


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  1. 1.Max Planck Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Institut d’AstrophysiqueParisFrance

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