Description: We are entering an era of unprecedented capabilities for astronomical observations and experimental nuclear techniques. The analysis of signals in multiple bands, i.e., gravitational waves, neutrino, gamma and X-rays emissions, will provide detailed insight about the physics of diverse astrophysical phenomena. Neutron-star mergers represent one of the most interesting sources for multi-messenger signals promising to answer many unresolved puzzles, among which: Where and how are elements like gold produced in our Universe? What is the mechanism of powerful stellar explosions? In this colloquium, I shall provide an overview of neutron stars, as well as mergers, accretion disks and nuclear physics aspects. I will discuss the connection between compact objects and properties of nuclear matter and neutrino physics, presenting results on gravitational wave signals, neutrino observation, and the synthesis of elements.
Speaker: Dr. Liliana Caballero
Institution: University of Guelph
Host: Alan Chen