EPJ ST Special Issue: Nuclear Astrophysics: Recent Progress in Understanding Element Formation in the Universe

Guest Editors: Rajdeep Chatterjee and Gautam Gangopadhyay

Understanding elemental abundances from the big bang to hydrostatic nucleosynthesis in stars, and finally, explosive nucleosynthesis in neutron star - neutron star collisions, and core-collapse supernovae, has been a long-standing problem. Recent ideas, like using non-extensive statistics as a probable solution for the cosmological lithium problem, have also established connections with non-equilibrium statistical physics. Another exciting development is the so-called i-process (in carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars), as something intermediate between the s- and the r-process while producing neutron-rich nuclei. In turn, this opens an entire field on how the structure of these exotics, as found from experiments in various rare-isotope beam laboratories around the world, influences estimates of abundances in all nucleosynthesis processes. Hence, this EPJ ST special issue attempts to bring together several theoretical, experimental, and observational aspects of the field, thereby highlighting the interdisciplinary aspects of element formation in the universe.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of non-extensive statistics to problems in nuclear astrophysics
  • Observational aspects of star formation and evolutions with linkages to elemental formation
  • Nucleosynthesis in astrophysical transients
  • Modeling nuclear reactions for astrophysics
  • Recent developments in the r-, s- and the i- processes

The Guest Editors would like to invite further authors to submit their original research papers for this special issue along the lines described above. Articles may be one of four types: (i) minireviews (10-15 pages), (ii) tutorial reviews (15+ pages), (iii) original paper v1 (5-10 pages), or (iv) original paper v2 (3-5 pages). More detailed descriptions of each paper type can be found in the Submission Guidelines. Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template (preferably single column layout), which can be downloaded here.

Submission deadline: 15 February 2024

Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system. They should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue "Nuclear Astrophysics: Recent Progress in Understanding Element Formation in the Universe".

Guest Editors:

Rajdeep Chatterjee, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gautam Gangopadhyay, Department of Physics, University of Calcutta, India, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Access: EPJST is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Transformative Agreements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).

Open calls for papers