Origins of Nuclei.

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Inspired by the life and career of a humanist nuclear physicist, and borrowing from the cross-sectional geometry of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, ORIGINS of NUCLEI by Montry Blackbeard is a celebration of enduring mysteries, an instrument for contemplating constituents both of matter and spirit.

At CERN, physicists and engineers are studying the fundamental structure of the universe.


The origin of a small number of naturally occurring, proton-rich nuclides (the p-nuclei) hints at this fundamental structure, and is not well understood.

These nuclei cannot be made in the s- and r-processes (rapid neutron-capture and slow neutron-capture). Each of these processes respectively is responsible for approximately half the abundances (and together make up almost all) of the atomic nuclei heavier than iron . . .

Using the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to probe basic constituents of matter, and in addition to examining particle interactions, the physicists and engineers at CERN are seeking the

origins of these p-nuclei.

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