Gold, platinum, plutonium, and uranium are among the heavy metals that scientists at the Joint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics Center for Evolution of Elements at Michigan State University are investigating. Scientists are looking for metals like these on the planet surfaces of some of the universe’s earliest stars in the hopes of discovering them. Lead author of the new research Benoit Cote argues that one must first know how many stars were produced in the Big Bang to explain the origins of elements.
As experts consider whether the merging of neutron stars is the only source of production for metals like gold and platinum, the study is based on theories and revelations made in 2017. In 2017. According to a previous study conducted by the same team, neutron stars are not the only place where heavy metals come from. Nuclear processes produce atomic nuclei, which in turn produce heavy elements, and their research had demonstrated that star mergers were not the main cause of the formation of rich metals.
To learn more about the evolution of heavy metals like gold and platinum that originated in the early portion of the cosmos, the scientists in the new study group also looked at old stars for signs of heavy metals like those metals and others and assessed their chemical makeup. A study link known as galactic archaeology has been established by Cote and his team. The study was a cooperative effort between the Konkoly Observatory in Hungary and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Center for Evolution of Elements. Canadian Astronomical Society meetings are being held in Montreal this week and will feature a poster presentation on the team’s work.