4:00 p.m., Kolker Room, 26-414
Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics
Zachary Meisel, Ohio University
When matter is added to one of the densest possible objects in the universe, does that object expand or contract in size? Where were the elements from zinc to tin made? Answers to these seemingly simple questions have remained elusive over a century of nuclear astrophysics research. Recent opportunities, including the dawn of multi-messenger astronomy and the upcoming Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, place us at a unique time to provide solutions. I will discuss ongoing work and future plans at the frontiers of nuclear astrophysics experiment, focusing on new techniques employing radioactive ion beams that will improve constraints on the properties of ultradense matter and the origin of the heavy elements. I will also discuss the interplay between nuclear physics and models of astrophysical phenomena, showing how new approaches to modeling can be used to prioritize experimental efforts.