Current lectures by N. Langer


Lecture term: April 10 - July 17, 2014

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

Exercise class: April 25 - July 11, 2014

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 the lectures is as follows: in the lectures, it is assumed that you worked through the corresponding chapter of the day (see table below). During the lecture, we will discuss the most relevant issues of the lectures, and the most relevant questions you have about the lecture topic. You need to email me your questions before Wednesday 13:00 to Debashis Sanyal and Luca Grassitelli ( and so that they can be considered for the Thursday and Friday 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 10 Ch.1: Introduction -
April 17 Ch.2: Therm. reactions Wed, April 16, 13:00
April 24 Ch.3: Big Bang Nucleosyn. Wed, April 23, 13:00
May 8 Ch.4: Hydrogen burning Wed, May 7, 13:00
May 15 Ch.4: CNO, NeNa, MgAl cycles Wed, May 14, 13:00
May 22 Ch.4: Advanced burning processes Wed, May 21, 13:00
June 5 Ch.5.1: s-process Wed, June 4, 13:00
June 6 (Fr. 9:00-11:00) Student Presentations
June 20 (Fr. 9:00-11:00) Student Presentations
June 26 Ch.5.2: r-process Wed, June 25, 13:00
July 3 Ch.5.2: Core collapse supernovae Wed, July 2, 13:00
July 10 Ch.6: Thermonuclear supernovae Wed, July 9, 13:00
July 17 Ch.7: Cosmic ray nucleosynthesis Wed, July 16, 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 .

These lecture notes have been set up by Dr. Onno Pols, and are based to a large extent on the book by R. Kippenhahn and A. Weigert "Stellar Structure and Evolution", Springer 1990, ISBN 3-540-50211-4.

Last updated: April 7, 2014