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HEP: Nuclear physics aspects of the late stages of binary neutron star mergers

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Sanjay Reddy, Institute for Nuclear Theory
When
02 March 2016 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Where
339 Davey Laboratory
Contact Name
Mark Strikman
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The equation of state and transport properties of hot and dense matter play an important role during the final stages of binary neutron star mergers. I will discuss the nuclear physics that determines the tidal deformability, the maximum mass, and quasi-normal modes of neutron stars. Neutrino interactions in dense matter set the timescale for thermal evolution of the hyper-massive neutron star formed during the merger and can influence the composition of material ejected. I will discuss how neutrino propagate   in very dense matter and show that correlations and phase transitions can play a role. 
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