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Formation of the Elements

(Support for this page has been provided by Research Corp. through IISME)

The purpose of this site is to allow searchers to review the steps by which atomic nuclei have formed through time to create the atoms of which the universe is composed. This process is called NUCLEOSYNTHESIS, and has occurred in two main stages:

  1. "In the Beginning" (i.e. the Big Bang)

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    Upon completion, this stage created the light elements (mostly H and He) from which the universe first began.

  2. Inside of stars

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    This is the following stage, still in progress today, where the starting blocks of H and He are put together to form high mass elements within stars.
This web site was created by Kipp Penovich under the direction of Professor George Smoot

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