The First Moments of Stellar Death

Event Date: 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida Conference Room 3302

Event Contact: 

Speaker:

Tony Piro (Caltech)

Wide-field, high cadence surveys are allowing us to catch supernovae earlier than ever, often days if not hours after they first begin. Theoretical work focusing on this early phase of stellar explosions is critical for (1) deriving constraints on supernova progenitors from observations, (2) predicting and interpreting new discoveries, and (3) helping guide the strategies of future observational efforts. I will discuss theoretical research in each of these areas, including showing how we are beginning to directly measure the properties of stars before they die and investigating how we may potentially observe the elusive events that mark black hole formation.