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Friday, February 3, 2006
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special time.
[Host: Steve Thornton]
North Carolina State University
"Exploding Stars, Neutrinos, and Nucleosynthesis"
The subject of supernovae is a unique combination of many different
branches of physics and there are different ways in which we
can probe the inner workings of these objects. Beyond examining light
curves from the explosion, one can study nucleosynthesis products and
neutrino spectra. The discovery of a whole new type of supernova, one
which creates a gamma ray burst, has created a new frontier in research
on neutrinos and element synthesis. I will discuss the role neutrinos
play in determining whether the heaviest elements, such as uranium and
thorium, are produced in these environments.
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