Research could shed new light on elements created during stellar explosions
Tracing the origin of chemical element formation is one of the most compelling quests in astronomy. Most elements in the periodic table are believed to be produced by supernovae and kilonovae; however, a growing number of new observational data and advanced modelling capabilities enable researchers to experimentally determine nucleosynthesis and the structure of transient materials. The EU-funded SUPERSPEC project aims to trace element origin by studying the spectra of supernovae and kilonovae in the so-called nebular phase, where the inner regions become visible. New spectral synthesis methods that accurately capture the essential microphysical and macrophysical properties will be developed. The project's results will not only help determine cosmic element production but also provide a testing ground for stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis and explosion process theories.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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