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Atoms 2018, 6(3), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/atoms6030048

Application of Laboratory Atomic Physics to Some Significant Stellar Chemical Composition Questions

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Department of Astronomy and McDonald Observatory, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712, USA
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Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1150 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706, USA
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Department of Physics, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105, USA
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Received: 27 July 2018 / Revised: 22 August 2018 / Accepted: 23 August 2018 / Published: 27 August 2018
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This brief review highlights some current issues in Galactic stellar nucleosynthesis, and some recent laboratory studies by the Wisconsin atomic physics group that have direct application to stellar spectroscopy to advance our understanding of the chemical evolution of our Galaxy. The relevant publication history of the lab studies are summarized, and investigations into the abundances of neutron-capture and iron-peak elements in low metallicity stars are described. Finally, new initiatives in near-infrared spectroscopy are briefly explored. View Full-Text
Keywords: atomic physics; transition probabilities; hyperfine and isotopic substructure; stellar spectroscopy; chemical compositions atomic physics; transition probabilities; hyperfine and isotopic substructure; stellar spectroscopy; chemical compositions
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Sneden, C.; Lawler, J.E.; Wood, M.P. Application of Laboratory Atomic Physics to Some Significant Stellar Chemical Composition Questions. Atoms 2018, 6, 48.

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