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Daniel Savin, Columbia University
Tracing the evolution of baryonic matter from atoms in space to stars such as our Sun hinges on an accurate understanding of the underlying physics controlling the properties of the gas at every step along this pathway. Here I will explain some of the key epochs in this cosmic cycle of gas. I will discuss the atomic physics that led to the formation of the first stars, the molecular physics that formed the first organic molecules, stellar physics and the formation of stellar winds, the plasma physics likely driving the solar wind, and lastly planet formation and the role of condensed matter/nanoscale physics in understanding the formation of the planet Mercury.