Professor James Lattimer
Department of Physics and Astronomy
7:30 pm Room 001 ESS Building
Friday, October 4, 2013

New Discoveries About Neutron Stars

Neutron stars are among the most bizarre objects known. They have extreme densities, temperatures, magnetic field strengths, high-temperature superfluids and energetic bursts that can affect communications on the Earth. Evidence is mounting that mergers of neutron stars with each other or with black holes are the source of short gamma-ray bursts and at least half of all heavy nuclei, including gold and platinum. This talk will elaborate on some of the most recent observations and discoveries concerning neutron stars.

Dr. James Lattimer is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and has been at Stony Brook for nearly 35 years. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin on the subject of neutron star mergers. East Setauket and is interested University of Texas at neutron star merger