Massive stars will take center stage in the next Mathematics Colloquium Series talk, hosted by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.
“What Can We Learn About Particle Physics from Massive Stars?”
Mathematics Colloquium Series | Maurizio Giannotti, Ph.D. (Barry University)
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Carl DeSantis Building | Room 1047
About the Talk
This talk will examine how stars can be powerful laboratories to study the physics of elementary particles. In particular, Giannotti will show how the properties of some particles that can easily escape terrestrial detectors can be studied through accurate stellar observations. The talk will focus particularly on massive stars, which have masses a few times larger than the Sun. For a long time, massive stars were thought to have been uninteresting for the purpose of understanding fundamental physics. Here, Giannotti will show examples where stars can actually provide quite interesting insights on the physics of elementary particles and fundamental interactions.
About the Series
Hosted by the college’s Division of Math, Science, and Technology, the Mathematics Colloquium Series aims to increase awareness of mathematics’ importance and applications in daily life. The series also gives mathematics faculty members and students the opportunity to discuss independent research and share their passion for the subject. These talks are free and open to the public.