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It’s Complicated: A Modern View of Classical Novae

Thursday February 13, 2020
2:00 pm

 Presenter:  Justin Linford (NRAO)
 Series:  Center for Astrophysics Research and Technologies Seminar Series
 Abstract:  The standard model for a classical nova eruption is very simple: a white dwarf star accretes hydrogen-rich material from a companion star until the temperature and pressure on the surface of the white dwarf are suitable for fusion to begin, resulting in an explosion. However, observations with modern instruments reveal complex behaviors that require new theories. I will present multi-wavelength data giving us new insights into classical nova eruptions. I will emphasize the discoveries made using radio observations. By combining information from several instruments, we create fresh models for these compellingly complicated astrophysical transient sources.

 Host:  Gregory Taylor
 Location:  PAIS-3205, PAIS

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