Astrophysicists to probe how early universe made chemical elements

11 septiembre 2014

In the beginning, all was hydrogen — and helium, plus a bit of lithium. Three elements in all. Today’s universe, however, has nearly a hundred naturally occurring elements, with thousands of variants (isotopes), and more likely to come. Figuring out how the universe got from its starting batch of three elements to the menagerie found today is the focus of a new research project.