Going Supernova: Stellar Explosions as Objects of and Tools for Discovery

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Center)
Supernovae and other stellar explosions hold an undeniable fascination for humankind. But while fiery explosions of light and gas from exploding stars are well known (and enshrined in many a sci-fi story), the science underlying them is only now beginning to be revealed. Advancements in astronomy, physics, technology, and computing are powering new investigations into the processes of star life and death. Experiments using exotic atoms are shedding light on the nuclear processes involved in stellar explosions, while advances in astronomy allow nucleosynthesis to be examined in detail. Vast new observatories will study neutrinos emitted from nearby supernovae, illuminating the core collapse of a star in real time and potentially exposing the birth of a black hole. Scientists are even using supernovae as tools to study the mysterious phenomenon of dark energy, which may give us hints about the ultimate fate of the universe. This session highlights recent results and advancements in these areas.
Katie Yurkewicz, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Lisa Lambert, Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics (TRIUMF)
Kate Scholberg, Duke University
Viewing Supernovae Through a Different Lens
Christopher Wrede, Michigan State University
Rare Isotopes: the DNA of Stellar Explosions
Daniel Scolnic, University of Chicago
Supernovae As Tools in the Quest to Understand Dark Energy
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