ISAC Backgrounder

The TRIUMF Isotope Separation and ACceleration (ISAC) facility

The universe, though composed mostly of hydrogen and helium, also contains heavy elements. These are formed in stars, through the gradual accretion of alpha particles to form increasingly massive nuclei, or by the rapid, multiple capture of protons, neutrons, etc. by more medium-sized nuclei - quite often unstable, radioactive ones.


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