Info and course material for the 2020 summer semester

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Nucleosynthesis: Course overview

Welcome to astro858, a course on nucleosynthesis!


The remnant of SN1987A; Image by HST Remnant of SN1987A imaged by HST

!!!!!COVID-19 UDATE!!!!!

Due to the current situation and until further notice the course will be taught online using the ecampus platform (see link below). More specifically, each lecture will consist of a series of videos, online quizzes and questions. These modules are self-paced, i.e. you can complete them at your own time, but not after the corresponding deadline (each module should take ~2-3 hours to complete). The exercise classes will be replaced by weekly zoom meetings (TBA).

Until we revert back to normal teaching, your credit will be calculated as follows:

To join, please visit the astro858 e-campus/basis page or use the following link (note that both links require a valid UNI-ID)

If you’re interested in joining the course, put the above methods don’t work, please send an email to


The powerpoint presentations will be available in the table below. I will try my best to upload the slides at least two days before the Thursday lectures.

The lectures will follow the material provided in the:

Some useful books that cover all topics of the course in detail:

Further reading

Each student is expected to give a 15 min presentation (10’ + 5’ for questions) on a recent research paper on a topic in nucleosynthesis. Please e-mail your preference to janton [at] by May 24. A list of suggested papers is available here. Please check the library description to see if a paper has already been chosen. Note that you will need an active account to view the library. If you don’t already have an account, you can register here

Preliminary Schedule

Chapter / Lecture Lecture Date - Excercise class
1: Introduction   -  
2: Nuclear Physics Essentials   - -
2: Thermonuclear reactions     -
3: Big-bang nucleosynthesis      
4.1,.2: [Stellar Evolution and H burning]      
4.2: [H-burning (cont.)]      
4.3: [Helium Burning, advanced burning]      
5: [s-process]      
5: [r-process, explosive nucleosynthesis]      
6: [Thermonuclear supernovae]      
7: Li, Be, B (*)      
8: Galactic chemical evolution      
Student presentations - 1 July [TBD] - -
Student presentations - 2 July [TBD] - -


Nuclear data and reaction rates

Supernovae and transients