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(metal, Si, atomic number 14)

Silicon is an element with atomic number 14, symbol Si. It has three stable Isotopes.

Silicon 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 applied to silicon, which at the hottest temperatures in massive stars produces the heaviest common elements, Nickel and Iron.


Referenced by:
Carbonate-Silicate Cycle
Supernova (SN)