Nuclear astrophysics and Fusion

AST The nuclear reactions that occur in the stars during the various steps of their lives allows to explain both the energy they generate and the chemical abundance and isotopes. A precise measurement of these phenomena is an experimental challenge that can be met by operating a particle accelerator in a deep underground laboratory. The low radiation background of ANDES will allow such direct measurement experiment. The knowledge acquired will furthermore play a special role in the development of the next generation of nuclear reactors: the fusion reactors. These are based on the fusion of light elements in a way similar to what happens in stars, and could be a clean source of energy in the future.