Professor Michael Zingale
Department of Physics and Astronomy
7:30 pm Room 001 ESS Building
Friday, May 1, 2009

We Are All Made of Stars: A Survey of Stellar Nucleosynthesis

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 synthesize the heaviest elements. Binary systems, through nova or X-ray burst explosions also contribute to elemental production. In this talk, I will present an overview of the process of stellar nucleosynthesis and outline some of the sites where it takes place in our galaxy.

Prof. Zingale is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy in Stony Brook's department of Physics and Astronomy. This is his fourth year at Stony Brook, 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.