Institute for Computational Astrophysics
Thursday 30th September, 2004, 4pm
McNally Main, Room MM310
Dr. Robert Izzard
Carolune Institute for Quality Astronomy (CIQuA)
Synthetic stellar evolution methods enable the modelling of a single or binary star system from birth to death in a fraction of a second, about 10,000,000 times quicker than traditional stellar evolution models. With synthetic models populations of stars can be constructed and large parameter spaces explored. I shall describe my attempts to include nucleosynthesis in these models, including descriptions of hot bottom burning and third dredge-up in Asymptotic Giant Branch stars. I shall also describe the work I am doing here regarding helium burning in AGB intershell regions, AGB stellar yields and their relation to nuclear reaction rate uncertainties (assuming I can get it working by the talk...).