NOVAC Public Meeting, Dr. Renee Ludlum, Extremes of the Cosmos: Neutron Stars, 6/9/2024, 7:30 pm EDT

Dr. Renee Ludlum from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University, will join us virtually via Google Meet to discuss Extremes of the Cosmos: Neutron Stars.

Dr. Renee Ludlum 

Neutron stars are the densest compact objects with a surface in the Universe, yet many people have never heard of them. These objects are about twice the mass of the Sun compressed down to the size of a city. Due to their incredible density, just one tablespoon of matter from a neutron star would weigh the equivalent of Mount Everest. The collisions of these objects throughout cosmic time are responsible for producing many of the precious metals we value, like gold. Dr. Ludlum will discuss why neutron stars are of interest and the current endeavors to understand these extreme objects.
In Person Option:
Meet at George Mason University, Exploratory Hall, Room 3301. Check GMU web site for nearby parking options. Some lots or garages do charge for parking. Room will be open as early as 6:45pm.

Join virtually using Google Meet:

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-344-1407 PIN: ‪ ‪937 923 741‬#

The online meeting will be available at 7:00 pm for participant open discussion.

Presentation Details:

Talk Title: Cosmos: Neutron Stars


 Dr. Renee Ludlam is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in May 2019 for her dissertation work titled “A Hard Look at Accretion Around Neutron Stars”, which was awarded the 2021 American Astronomical Society (AAS) High-Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) Dissertation Prize. She is interested in studying the extreme phenomena associated with the most compact objects in the Universe: black holes and neutron stars. Her research specializes in X-ray data analysis techniques to infer the properties of accreting compact objects and was recently awarded the 2023 Newton Lacy Pierce prize by the AAS for “novel explorations of the relativistic universe that have revealed fundamental properties of neutron stars.”  

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