explosive nucleosynthesis

explosive nucleosynthesis

[ik′splō·siv ‚nü·klē·ō′sin·thə·səs]
(astronomy)
Nucleosynthetic processes that are believed to occur in novae and supernovae, and at the surfaces of neutron stars, such as the r-process and the rp-process.
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Enrichment occurs as a result of controlled nucleosynthesis prior to core collapse and explosive nucleosynthesis triggered by the energetic shock wave.
However, stellar processes cannot make the heaviest elements, so for these, theorists evolved the scenario called explosive nucleosynthesis: When stars explode as supernovas, they generate shock waves in which conditions are violent enough to form the heaviest elements.

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