What Are You Made Of?
Date: 17th December 2020
Time: Lecture starts at 19:00
Location: Online [In non-COVID times, lectures are held at LJ1.75, Lennard Jones Laboratories, Keele University, ST5 5BG]
Lecture link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3143781230096922891
Speaker: Prof. Raphael Hirschi (Keele University)
Title: What Are You Made Of?
Abstract: Most of us learn about the periodic table in school. This table lists the chemical elements we are made of as well as other elements like silver and gold that we can find on earth. "Where do these elements come from? and "What are we made of?" are long-standing questions for humanity. In this talk, I will describe how we can use computers as virtual Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics laboratories to answer these important questions. I will start by introducing stars and their importance and then explain how they produce chemical elements (nuclides to be precise) in their interior. I will also explain how scientists combine computer simulations, theory, nuclear physics experiments and astronomical observations to determine where the iron in our blood, the oxygen in our lungs and the gold in the banks come from.
These talks are open to everyone and are sponsored by the West Midlands Branch of the IoP.