Here you can find some science highlights from my own research and also some explanations of nuclear astrophysics concepts for non-experts. Enjoy!

November 18, 2019

Researchers have identified the largest possible isotopes of fluorine and neon, extending the neutron “dripline” for the first time in 20 years.

Take a look at my "Viewpoint" published in APS Physics.

October 16, 2018

Nuclear astrophysics is a diverse and complex field that deals with diverse and complex questions. We are trying to understand how stars work, how they shine, how they synthesize the elements we see around us, and how they explode. This requires the close collaboration...

May 24, 2018

I’ll try to make an analogy of quantum mechanics with mountain hiking, so bare with me for a second.

It takes a lot of effort (a lot of energy) to climb up a mountain. If your goal is to sit at the top and admire the view, or simply enjoy the hike itself then it’s worth...

April 4, 2018

I mentioned the basics of isotopes and why they are useful in our lives in a previous post. Here I wanted to talk about why isotopes matter in the Universe.

We usually ask questions like “How are the elements created in stars?” or “What is the origin of heavy elements i...

March 22, 2018

A huge number of important events had to happen in the Universe for each of us to be here. From the Big Bang, the birth of our Sun, and the creation of the Earth, all the way to the fact that your parents met and the right sets of genes combined to make you who you are...

March 11, 2018

   To be fair, many of my colleagues are working day and night trying to figure out exactly how supernovae explode, so I won’t claim it’s a well-understood process. But the general idea has been known for decades so I’ll try to explain it here briefly (and simply)....

December 28, 2017

I get asked this question a lot: Why is there so much iron in the Universe?

If you look at the big picture, our Universe, our Solar system, and even our own planet, are most abundant in hydrogen and helium, the two lightest elements. Then, it’s all-downhill from there: ...

November 26, 2017

You may have heard the word “isotope”. It sometimes comes up in discussions with a medical doctor, where an isotope can be used for diagnosis or treatment. Other times you might hear it in discussions about archeological findings, where isotopes are used for figuring o...

May 3, 2017

A large number of nuclear reactions take place in supernova explosions. During the explosion, a shockwave moves from the inner parts of the star towards the outer layers, and depending on the temperature and density of each of the layers different types of reactions ta...

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