Background

The events in the journey of our universe from its beginning are coded in the form of chemical elements. Understanding the mechanisms of synthesis of these elements at various stages of stellar evolution is fundamental to our understanding of these events. The distribution of various nuclear species in the cosmos, is however, the result of many different processes in the past, understanding these processes is vital to our understanding of stellar evolution, chemical evolution of the Galaxy and its formation.

The school is aimed at communicating the excitement of this subject to beginners and young researchers. It is intended to cover a wide range of topics from the essential basics of nucleosynthesis and stellar evolution centered around the main theme of the school. A multi-institutional faculty will cover different topics, including hands-on sessions.

Topics to be covered:


The school is structured around the following topics:

1. Basic properties of nuclei
2. Thermonuclear reactions
3. Cosmological nucleosynthesis and abundances of light elements
4. Stellar structure and evolution
5. Synthesis of elements in low-mass, intermidiate-mass and massive-stars
6. Neutron-capture processes and synthesis of heavy elements
7. Cosmochronometry
8. Chemical compositions of stars: Observational methods and analysis techniques