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"Neutron Stars: Where Gravitation Theory Meets Nuclear Physics", Friday, October 14, 12:00pm, MH 629


Lee Lindbolm, UC San Diego

ABSTRACT: Neutron stars are created by the gravitational collapse of massive stars that have exhausted their nuclear fuel.  The bulk of the material in these stars is compressed to densities larger than those in the nuclei of normal atoms.  Their gravitational fields become nearly as strong as those at the surfaces of black holes.  In this talk I will explore some of the things we can learn about nuclear physics by applying our knowledge of gravitation theory to astronomical observations of these stars.