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Close encounters of the alpha kind

Breakthrough calculations of collisions between two helium nuclei pave the way to a quantitative understanding of how the elements carbon and oxygen were made in stars — and to improved models of stellar evolution. See Letter p.111

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Figure 1: Formation of carbon and oxygen nuclei.

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Quaglioni, S. Close encounters of the alpha kind. Nature 528, 42–43 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/528042a

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