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Probing neutron stars

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A supernova explosion occurs at the end of a massive star’s life. What can be left over from this cataclysmic event is a very small, dense object called a neutron star. Neutron stars are so dense at their cores that even atomic nuclei do not survive. In fact, what happens to matter at the extreme densities inside a neutron star is far from clear. The way forward is to measure the size of the star. I will discuss ways to try and do this using X-ray emission from these most dense objects.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Sciences Group series.

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