The synthesis of the chemical elements we see today in our cosmos happens through a variety of processes at different stellar sites, for example during stable burning phases, core collapse supernovae explosions, or merging stars. The experimental study of these reactions is indispensable to predict elemental abundances produced in a particular process and identifying the astrophysical sites responsible. The interpretation of these results relies on the use of powerful stellar evolution codes, which allow prediction of elemental abundances and connect these to observations, such as stellar spectra or abundances in meteoritic grains. This project involves using massively parallel nucleosynthesis codes to study the impact of new results for reaction rates or nuclear properties on elemental abundances produced in certain processes, as well as identifying key reaction rates that should be targeted in future experimental efforts.
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