Ernst Rehm
Argonne National Laboratory
Per aspera ad astra' - Nuclear astrophysics with radioactive beams

Radioactive nuclei play an important role in many astrophysical phenomena, including the early universe, the sun, nova explosions, X-ray bursts and supernovae. Experiments with beams of short-lived radioactive nuclei can, for the first time, probe the nuclear reactions occurring in these cosmic environments. I will discuss the difficulties encountered in these studies, describe some recent experiments and their impact on astrophysical observations.