Current lectures by N. Langer


Lecture term: April 14 - July 21, 2016

Times: Thu 11:15-12:45
Location: AIfA Bonn , Room 0.008

Exercise class: April 22 - July 15, 2016

Times: Fri 9:00-10:00 and Fri 11:00-12:00
Location: AIfA Bonn , Room 0.006
The exercise class is a compulsory part of the course.

Find the lecture notes here .

Each student is expected to give a presentation of 15 minutes, to discuss a recent research paper on a topic in nucleosynthesis. A list of suggested papers is available here.

NOTE: if the paper file is compressed (ends with .gz), it has already been chosen by somebody.

The setup of this class is as follows: in the lectures, it is assumed that you worked through the corresponding chapter of the day (see table below) beforehand. During the lecture, we will discuss the most relevant topics of the lectures, and the most relevant questions you have about this. You need to email me your questions before Wednesday 13:00 to Nathan Grin and Abel Schootemeijer ( and so that they can be considered for the lectures. In your email, please use "NucSyn" as subject, and mention at the beginning of your question the corresponding subsection of the lecture notes. Note that 50% of the grade for this lecture will be based on your questions. The other half will be based on your presentation. Your presence in the lectures, and in the excercise class, is also a requirement to earn the credit points for this class.

Time Table

(Thu, 11:15-12:45)
Chapter email questions by
April 14 Ch.1: Introduction -
April 21 Ch.2: Therm. reactions Wed, April 20, 13:00
April 28 Ch.3: Big Bang Nucleosyn. Wed, April 27, 13:00
May 12 Ch.4: Hydrogen burning Wed, May 11, 13:00
June 2 Ch.4: CNO, NeNa, MgAl cycles Wed, June 1, 13:00
June 9 Ch.4: Advanced burning processes Wed, June 8, 13:00
June 16 Ch.5.1: s-process Wed, June 15, 13:00
June 23 Ch.5.2: r-process Wed, June 22, 13:00
June 24 (Fr. 9:00-10:00) Student Presentations
June 30 Ch.5.2: Core collapse supernovae and p-process Wed, June 29, 13:00
July 1 (Fr. 9:00-10:00) Student Presentations
July 7 Ch.6: Thermonuclear supernovae Wed, July 6, 13:00
July 14 Ch.7: Cosmic ray nucleosynthesis Wed, July 13, 13:00
July 21 Ch.8: Chemical evolution Wed, July 20, 13:00

For those who are interested, find the lecture notes of last term's Stars and Stellar Evolution lecture here:
Chapter 1-3 Chapter 4-5 Chapter 6-7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 .

Last updated: April 9, 2016