From stars to nucleons: the nuclear physics implications of GW170817

PPRC Seminars
Arnau Rios Huguet (Surrey)
Teppei Katori
February 2nd, 2018 at 13:30
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The first multimessenger astronomy event, GW170817, was the result of the inspiral of two neutron stars. It was an observational feat, involving most of the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as  gravitational waves. The physics implications are far-ranging and directly influence astrophysics, cosmology, particle and nuclear physics. In this talk, I will illustrate the relevance of this event for nuclear physics - hence establishing a connection between the Mpc and the femtometer scale. I will focus on two aspects: neutron stars (the densest state of matter in the universe) and nucleosynthesis, the processes that create heavy elements.

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