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The Sci-Files – 5/5/2019 – Sara Ayoub – Separator for Capture Reactions (SECAR)

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On this week’s The Sci-Files, your hosts Chelsie and Danny interview Sara Ayoub about her research and involvement with the construction of the Separator for Capture Reactions (SECAR). Sara is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and works the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL).

Specifically, Sara is an experimental physicist interested in how stars evolve and how heavy stars explode and die. We are made of stardust that was once formed inside a star through a series of nuclear fusion reactions. Some heavy elements, Calcium for example, are formed during explosions such as novae. Even heavier elements such as Nickel and Gold are made in X-ray bursts, which are an explosion that occurs when a neutron star takes enough gas from another nearby star. Sara is working on testing a new device at the cyclotron lab at MSU that will precisely measure nuclear reactions rates that power these fascinating explosions. The goal is to be able to understand how these reactions work, so we can explain the observations astronomers make.

If you’re interested in talking about your MSU research on the radio or nominating a student, please email Chelsie and Danny at Check The Sci-Files out on Twitter @SciFiles89FM!

About the Writers
Chelsie Boodoo, The Sci-Files Host

Chelsie is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student at Michigan State University. She studies what happens when the bladder is overstretched. Specifically, she is curious about what happens to the extracellular matrix and the metabolism of the cells after they are stretched. She co-hosts an Exposure Series, The Sci-Files with Daniel Puentes. Together they explore the different topics that graduate students study on The Sci-Files at WDBM.

Daniel Puentes, The Sci-Files Host

Daniel is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he does research at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. His research involves measuring the mass of radioactive nuclei, and how it can tell us how protons and neutrons are arranged inside of a nucleus. This research also helps scientists understand how the elements were created in different stellar environments! At WDBM, he and Chelsie Boodoo co-host The Sci-Files.

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The Sci-Files – 5/5/2019 – Sara Ayoub – Separator for Capture Reactions (SECAR)