Heavy Element Synthesis in the Universe

Heavy Element Synthesis in the Universe

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
University of California, Santa Cruz
April 28, 2015

The source of about half of the heaviest elements in the Universe has been a mystery for a long time. Although the general picture of element formation is well understood, many questions about the nuclear physics processes and particularly the astrophysical details remain to be answered. Here I focus on advances in our understanding of the origin of the heaviest and rarest elements in the Universe.