A unique instrument for the biggest telescope

Lithium is the heaviest nucleus produced in the Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN). The other sources of Li production operate on long time-scales (> than 2 Gyr) so that lithium observed in the old stars must come from the BBN. The lithium abundance measured in the stellar atmospheres is almost the same for all the old unevolved stars but it is one third of the standard BBN prediction. Is this a sign of "new physics", beyond the standard model? Has lithium been uniformly destroyed in all the stars? All the theories predicting lithium destruction fail to explain at the same time the homogeneity and such a large destruction. Is this behaviour unique to our Galaxy? Only with MOSAIC we will be able to observed for the first time, lithium in several external galaxies and answer this question.

Who are we? Infos on the MOSAIC consortium.


Scientific goals and milestones: why MOSAIC?


How do we get there? All the technology behind MOSAIC.


What performance can we expect from MOSAIC?


How will MOSAIC fit in the instrumental landscape?