Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of New Mexico

Center for Astrophysics Research and Technologies Seminar Series

It’s Complicated: A Modern View of Classical Novae

Presented by Justin Linford (NRAO)

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.

2:00 pm, Thursday, February 13, 2020
PAIS-3205, PAIS

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