Stephanie Lyons Presents Research at Symposium

Study uses scattering technique to analyze development of stars.  


Stephanie Lyons ’09 presented her original research, “Investigating First Generation Star Processes” at the Symposium for Artists & Scholars on April 17, 2009 at Randolph College.

Lyons conducted the research project with her faculty mentor, Tom Michalik, professor of physics, while an undergraduate student at Randolph College.

An abstract of her project follows...

All stars go through many processes throughout their lifetime. To investigate these reactions on Earth and develop a greater knowledge of our universe, we use the method of scattering to isolate a singular step in these important processes. Using a Van De Graff accelerator, we performed a nitrogen scattering experiment to analyze a single step in the Carbon-Nitrogen-Oxygen, or CNO cycle. The CNO cycle is a process by which helium is created in many first generation stars. Analysis of the data at several different collection points indicated the energy required for this reaction to occur.

The Student Symposium of Artists and Scholars provides Randolph College students from all classes and disciplines the opportunity to present the results of their research, scholarship, and creative work to the entire College community and beyond.

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