P-A Colloquium: Rethinking the Fundamentals of Classical Nova Explosions

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Speaker:  Laura Chomiuk, Michigan State University Department of Physics & Astronomy

Title: Rethinking the Fundamentals of Classical Nova Explosions

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Refreshments at 3:30 pm in 1400 BPS.

Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2017, 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm
Type: Colloquium
Location: 1415 BPS Bldg.

Over the past few years, a revolution has been taking place in our understanding of classical novae, largely driven by the discovery of GeV gamma-rays emanating from these garden-variety explosions. These gamma-rays hint that shocks are energetically important — perhaps even dominant — in novae. I will present our burgeoning understanding of shocks in novae, from both multi-wavelength observational and theoretical perspectives. I will also illustrate how novae can be used as testbeds to understand other shock-powered explosions, like stellar mergers and super-luminous supernovae.