silicon burning

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In stellar evolution, the process whereby silicon, with magnesium and sulphur, ‘burns’ at a temperature of around 3 × 109 K, producing elements of the ‘iron peak’ (e.g. Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni). See carbon ‘burning’; helium ‘burning’; hydrogen ‘burning’; oxygen ‘burning’; and nucleosynthesis.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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