Aside from hydrogen and helium and a few other light elements and isotopes, the elements in our bodies and on earth trace their origins to stars. During their lifetimes, stars produce energy by fusing light elements into heavier elements. At the final stage of stellar evolution, supernova explosions and stellar mergers make the very heaviest elements. In this talk, I will present an overview of the process of stellar nucleosynthesis and outline some of the sites where it takes place.
Prof. Zingale is an Associate Professor of Astronomy in Stony Brook's department of Physics and Astronomy. He joined the Department in 2006, coming most recently from a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is in modeling stellar explosions and the basic physics therein, and he is an expert in numerical hydrodynamics.