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silicon

(Si)
(metal, Si, atomic number 14)

Silicon (Si) is the element with atomic number 14, symbol Si. It has three stable isotopes. It is synthesized by oxygen burning and the alpha process, in large stars and in supernovae. Silicon spectral lines are sometimes used in metallicity studies. Silicon burning is essentially the alpha process starting at silicon, which in some early stars produces the heaviest common elements, nickel and iron.


(element,metal,chemistry)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon

Referenced by pages:
alpha process
carbonate-silicate cycle
cosmic dust
element
nuclear statistical equilibrium (NSE)
nucleosynthesis
oxygen burning
silicate
silicate weathering feedback
silicon burning
supernova (SN)
Type Ia supernova

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