Surprising energy release from atomic nuclei: May explain massive star explosions

New insight into the behaviour of atomic nuclei may explain how gigantic star explosions, or supernovas, have formed the elements that are crucial to mankind.

SIMPLIFYING THE SUPERNOVA:  "Our recent calculations show that it could be 200 to 300 times easier to achieve specific nuclear reactions in a supernova," says Ann-Cecilie Larsen. Photo: Yngve Vogt

Read the whole story in UiO's research magazine Apollon.

Published May 8, 2012 9:02 AM