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Colloquium: December 16, 2015

Feryal Ozel*
Solving the Mysteries of Neutron Stars and Black Holes
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December 16, 2015 Wednesday 15:40 EE 01

Host: Bilal Tanatar

ABSTRACT — There has been tremendous progress in the past few years on the measurements of the properties of neutron stars and black holes in our Galaxy. In this talk, I will discuss how these new advances are achieved and how they improve our understanding of fundamental physics. In particular, the radii measurements of neutron stars already constrain the equation of state of ultradense matter well beyond what can be achieved by terrestrial nuclear experiments. Probing the environments of black holes, on the other hand, give us excellent tests of general relativity. I will conclude by presenting the future observations that will further test physics in new regimes.

*University of Arizona

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