Origins of the Periodic Table

The remnant of the supernova SN 1006
NASA/CXC/Rutgers/G. Cassam-Chenaï, J. Hughes et al
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Dr Stephen Wilkins (Sussex)

In this talk, coinciding with the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table, Stephen Wilkins will discuss the astrophysical origins of the chemical elements, almost all of which have an origin ranging from the big bang, to exploding white dwarfs, the collapse of massive stars, and the merger of ultra-compact objects, neutron stars. This final mechanism is responsible for many of the heaviest and rarest elements including gold, silver, and uranium, and was only recently confirmed through observations of a merger event first identified using gravitational waves.

Stephen is a reader in Astronomy and public engagement fellow at the University of Sussex. Born in Yorkshire, Stephen completed his undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Durham before undertaking a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. He was subsequently as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford before moving to a lectureship at Sussex in 2013.

Doors open at 5.30 pm. Please be aware that there is no admittance once the lecture begins at 6 pm, as tickets will be reallocated to those queuing for no-shows. Thank you.  

Venue Address

The Royal Astronomical Society,Burlington House


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