Connecting Nuclear Astrophysics to Cosmological Structure Formation with Galactic Chemical Evolution
Detailed stellar abundances from modern astronomical surveys represent a novel window on the early universe and on the formation of the Milky Way and its satellite galaxies. However, the theoretical tools needed to translate these abundances into meaningful understanding of cosmological structure formation are challenged by uncertainties in their inputs. To address this fundamental challenge, we created a flexible pipeline for modeling chemical evolution which connects nuclear physics, stellar evolution, galaxy evolution, astronomical observations, and cosmology. In this talk, I will present how our codes, along with statistical tools, can be used to quantify the reliability of numerical predictions and to constrain the origin of light and heavy elements in the universe. The multidisciplinary nature of this research allows to develop new intersections between nuclear astrophysics, gravitational wave physics, and cosmology. Our ultimate goal is to confidently use stellar abundances as tracers to better understand how galaxies form and evolve.