Department of Physics and Astronomy
Stony Brook University
7:30 pm; ESS Building, Room 001
Friday, Feb 6, 2015


What we know (and don't know) about core-collapse supernovae

Prof. Doug Swesty

The final stages of the life of a massive star occur in a violent explosion that astrophysicists refer to as a core-collapse supernovae. Unfortunately, there is still much we don't know about these explosions. For over half a century scientists have been attempting to use models to understand what causes the explosion. And it's been over a quarter of a century since we've been fortunate enough to get a glimpse of what goes on in the interior of a core-collapse supernovae. In this talk I will explain what we now know, as well as what we don't know, about these incredible events.