versión impresa ISSN 0100-4042
TERUYA, Nilton y DUARTE, Sérgio Barbosa. Exotic nuclei and synthesis of chemical elements. Quím. Nova [online]. 2012, vol.35, n.2, pp. 360-366. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422012000200024.
We have around ninety chemical elements available in nature, which were produced mainly by nuclear reactions inside stars. The fusion reactions are the main synthesis process which generates the light and intermediate masses elements. The synthesis begins with the hydrogen burning reaching the region of iron mass nuclei. Heavier elements are synthesized by neutron capture processes, forming exotic nuclei with large neutron excess. These systems present characteristics very different from nuclei inside of stable atoms; they only occur in particular astrophysical environments or are produced artificially in special laboratory conditions. This work discusses some properties of the exotic nuclei and how they participate in the synthesis of elements.
Palabras clave : chemical element; exotic nuclei; nucleosynthesis.