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THE r-, s-, AND p-PROCESSES IN NUCLEOSYNTHESIS

Bradley S. Meyer


Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-1911


Key Words: heavy elements, supernovae, AGB stars, abundances


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
Entropy and Equilibrium
Equilibrium Nucleosynthesis
How to Make Heavy Nuclei

THE r-PROCESS
The Primary r-Process
The Secondary r-Process
Observational Constraints
The r-Process in Nascent Neutron Star Winds

THE s-PROCESS
The s-Process Mechanism
s-Process Sites
Constraints on s-Process Sites

THE p-PROCESS
General Considerations
p-Process Sites
Some Constraints on p-Process Models

CONCLUSION

REFERENCES

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