From February 12 to February 23, 2018, Dr. Benoit Coté from from the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences visited the PSO group to collaborate on questions regarding the Galactic chemical evolution. Benoit is one of the key developers of the NuGrid Python Chemical Evolution Environment (NuPyCEE), a computer tool that allows to simulate the chemical enrichment and stellar feedback of stellar populations. Such simulations depend very sensitively on the elements that are produced in cosmic furnaces i.e. the nuclear burning zones in stellar interiors or thermonuclear burning in supernovae. The latter being one of the key research topics at the PSO group, together with Benoit we explored how different supernova mechanisms may affect the Galactic chemical evolution.
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