Stars can explode in a wide-variety of ways, producing various types of supernovae, X-ray bursts, novae, ... We'll discuss the sources of energy a star can tap and when in their lifetime they can become explosive. We'll also discuss what remains to be understood about each of these events and how we hope to solve these remaining questions.
Prof. Zingale is an Associate Professor of Astronomy in Stony Brook's department of Physics and Astronomy. He joined the Department in 2006, coming most recently from a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is in modeling stellar explosions and the basic physics therein, and he is an expert in numerical hydrodynamics.