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Making the Heaviest Elements in the Universe: A Review of the Rapid Neutron Capture Process

  title={Making the Heaviest Elements in the Universe: A Review of the Rapid Neutron Capture Process},
  author={J. J. Cowan and Christopher Sneden and James E. Lawler and A. Aprahamian and Michael Wiescher and Karlheinz Langanke and Gabriel Mart'inez-Pinedo and Friedrich-Karl Thielemann},
The production of about half the heavy elements beyond Fe and Ni is assigned the rapid neutron capture process (r process). The full understanding faces two open questions. (a) The nucleosynthesis path runs close to the neutron-drip line, where presently only limited experimental information is available, and one has to rely on theoretical predictions. (b) While for many years the occurrence of the r process has been associated with supernovae recent studies have cast substantial doubts on this… 
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