TAP Colloquium: Neutron Star Mergers

David Radice, Princeton University
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
Kuiper Space Sciences Building Room 312

Neutron star mergers are among the most violent events in the Universe. Gravitational wave,
electromagnetic, and neutrino signals from these mergers encode important aspects of the
physics of neutron stars, which cannot be inferred from terrestrial laboratory experiments.
For example, on the nature of the short-range interaction between nucleons, which is imprinted
in the neutron star equation of state, or on the origin of the heavy elements. However, harnessing
these imminent detections will only be possible by combining the observational data with reliable
theoretical predictions, which, in turn, rely on the availability of high-precision simulations. In this
talk, I will present new results on the modeling of neutron star mergers as gravitational-wave
sources and as short gamma-ray burst progenitors and I will discuss current challenges and future
prospectives in this field.