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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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Nuclear Pasta

SESSION: Scientific Visualization Showcase Exhibit

EVENT TYPE: Scientific Visualization Showcases

TIME: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

AUTHOR(S):David Reagan, Andre S. Schneider, Charles J. Horowitz, Joseph Hughto, Don K. Berry, Eric A. Wernert, Chris Eller

ROOM:Mile High Pre-Function

ABSTRACT:
A supernova is a dramatic event that in a fraction of a second transforms the 10^55 separate nuclei that form the core of a massive star into a single large nucleus, a neutron star. Between the crust and the core of a neutron star, matter reaches such large densities, 10^13 to 10^14 g/cm³, that what were initially spherical nuclei merge and rearrange themselves into exotic shapes such as sheets, cylinders and others. Because of the resemblance of some of these shapes to spaghetti and lasagna these phases of matter are collectively known as nuclear pasta. We use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the transitions between the different pasta shapes as the density of matter decreases from uniform to much lower densities where nuclei become spherical again.

Chair/Author Details:

David Reagan - Indiana University

Andre S. Schneider - Indiana University

Charles J. Horowitz - Indiana University

Joseph Hughto - Indiana University

Don K. Berry - Indiana University

Eric A. Wernert - Indiana University

Chris Eller - Indiana University

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