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Department of Physics

COOL PHYSICS

How to probe a neutron star?

Its not that we can send someone to install a thermometer on the surface of a neutron star! (a student?) The next best thing is to try detecting the graviational waves that are emitted by such an object. Neutron star structure is very much on Dr. Comer's mind when he is studying Einstein's general relativity. Physicists hope to be able to detect graviational waves very soon, by using a huge wave interferometer named LIGO. For the latest on Dr. Comers's thoughts on neutron stars, see this seminar - Do Neutron Star Gravitational Waves Carry Superfluid Imprints? (see GW Superfluid Imprints).

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