Discuss the synthesis of elements in stars by fusion

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Discuss the synthesis of elements in stars by fusion

  • Only H and He in interstellar medium
  • Larger elements formed by fusing H to He at high temperatures. Our star can go up to C
  • Larger stars can go up to iron but no further (endothermic)
  • Neutron capture can be used to synthesise heavier
  • Super nova can go heavier up including uranium and gold