Date of Award

8-2009

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Dr. Alan H. Wuosmaa

Second Advisor

Dr. Dean W. Halderson

Third Advisor

Dr. Kirk T. Korista

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

Current stellar models for the evolution of stars depend upon the accuracy of carbon amounts generated during helium burning. One method by which carbon is created is through the triple alpha process. The uncertainty in the rate of the triple alpha process is 12% and limits the accuracy of stellar models.

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