TAP Colloquium

Monday, Nov 25, 2013
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Location: Kuiper Space Sciences
Room: 308

Professor Sharon Morsink
University of Alberta, Canada

X-rays from Rapidly Rotating Neutron Stars as a Diagnostic of their Interiors
Neutron stars are tiny stars with ultra-strong magnetic and gravitational fields and densities larger than nuclear. Their small size and large average densities allow them to spin at very rapid rates, with surface velocities that are a large fraction of the speed of light. X-rays emitted by rapidly-rotating neutron stars accreting matter from a companion can be used to constrain the unknown properties of supra-nuclear density matter found in their cores. In this talk I will give an overview of recent observations and future planned and proposed X-ray missions that will target these neutron stars and discuss our theoretical understanding about what types of discoveries about dense matter may be possible.
TAP Colloquia