The Nuclear Physics of Neutron Stars

One of the overarching questions animating nuclear physics today is "How does subatomic matter organize itself". Neutron stars are cosmic laboratories uniquely poised to answer this fundamental question. Due to the extreme conditions of density and neutron-proton asymmetry, neutron stars display a myriad of exotic states of matter that are impossible to recreate under normal laboratory conditions. In this presentation I will discuss how the combination of nuclear physics insights, modern theoretical approaches, and powerful statistical ideas pave the way to our understanding of these fascinating objects.

Jorge Piekarewicz
Department of Physics
Florida State University
KIAA-PKU Auditorium
Renxin Xu
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm