Structure of a neutron star (top left) and a depth profile of the isotope content of the outer crust (right). In bold print the nuclides are indicated whose masses have been determined experimentally. The changes in the crust structure as a consequence of the mass measurement of zinc-82 are indicated in red. Bottom left: Schematic drawing of the main components of the precision mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP as well as a resonance curve from which the mass of the zinc-82 nuclide has been determined.
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