Viewing Supernovae Through a Different Lens

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Center)
Kate Scholberg, Duke University, Durham, NC
The characteristics that make neutrinos extremely hard to study—in particular their extremely feeble interactions with matter—also make them invaluable as a tool to peer into the hearts of stars and observe the deepest layers of a core-collapse supernovae as it unfolds. The brilliant burst of neutrinos from a core collapse will provide new information about the dramatic death of a massive star, as well as insight into properties of neutrinos themselves. Neutrinos are also early signals of core collapse, preceding observable photons by hours. This talk will provide an overview of the use of neutrinos in the study of supernovae.