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Physics Colloquium: "Neutron Stars Come of Age"

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
University of Illinois Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis
Date
Dec 11, 2019   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Sanjay K. Reddy, University of Washington
Contact
Suzanne Hallihan
E-Mail
shalliha@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3760
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

About 50 years after their discovery, neutron stars are poised to take center stage in this era of multi-messenger astrophysics. 

Current gravitational wave observatories are expected to detect more than a few mergers involving neutron stars each year. Next, generation observatories will discover hundreds of neutron star mergers every year. In my talk, I highlight advances in theory and some key observations that have already provided fundamental new insights about neutron star properties and their central role in nuclear astrophysics. I shall discuss how neutron stars, and extreme phenomena involving them, can serve as laboratories to study phases of dense matter, create conditions for heavy-element nucleosynthesis, and provide new strategies to hunt for dark matter in the coming decades.

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