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Physics Colloquium - September 19, 2013

Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame

Abstract: The University of Notre Dame has a long and continued association with nuclear physics. From reaction measurements for the Manhattan Project in the 1930's to forefront measurements in nuclear astrophysics at the present day. The first half of this talk will highlight the current and future experimental research in nuclear astrophysics taking place at Notre Dame. In the second half of the talk, I will focus on my current research interests which center around R-matrix analyses of key nucleosythesis reactions. In particular, the reaction 12C(a,g)16O, the "holy grail of nuclear astrophysics", will be discussed.

Richard deBoer
Department of Physics
University of Notre Dame