Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos Infrastructures for Nuclear Astrophysics

Nature generally surprises us with its simple yet elegant solutions. The Periodic Table of the elements is an excellent example. There are only 118 known elements that make up matter as we know it. The creation of new atomic nuclei, or nucleosynthesis, began almost instantaneously after the Big Bang and continues today in our stars. Nuclear astrophysics shines a light on the origin of chemical elements and the evolution of our cosmos. The EU-funded ChETEC-INFRA project will unify access to three critical infrastructures for nuclear astrophysics research: laboratories, telescopes and spectrometers, and supercomputer facilities. The tools, combined approach and transnational access will overcome barriers to progress in nuclear astrophysics.