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For the first time, the fusion of hydrogen and xenon was able to be investigated at the same temperatures as occur in stellar explosions using an ion storage ring. Credit: Mario Weigand

How heavy elements come about in the universe

Heavy elements are produced during Steller explosion or on the surfaces of neutron stars through the catch of hydrogen cores (protons). This happens at...
In the QTor magnetic spectrometer, a magnet separates high-energy electrons, which are elastically scattered from protons. Photo courtesy of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science.

Understanding the proton’s weak side

By conducting Qweak experiment, scientists have set new standards in precision tests of the Standard Model, a highly successful theory of fundamental particles and...