Element Synthesis in Novae

C. Iliadis, A. E. Champagne, J. José, Sumner Starrfield, P. Tupper

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Novae are fascinating astronomical objects. They occur in a binary star system consisting of a white dwarf and a companion star. During the evolution of the binary star system, matter is transferred onto the white dwarf surface and a thermonuclear runaway occurs. As a result, the material that is ejected into interstellar space represents an observational signature of the underlying white dwarf, the accreted matter before the outburst, and the complicated explosion itself. In the present work, we will review some of the recent advances in our understanding of the nuclear physics input for this complex phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Mexicana de Fisica
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Novae
  • White dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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