IAS/PU Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

New Results in Tests of Gravity with Radio Pulsars

Michael Kramer
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
October 23, 2018

We are living in a golden era for testing gravitational physics with precision experiments. This talk will present new results using a variety of tests with radio pulsars. These results will be placed in context of other experiments (including LIGO, EHT etc), and I will demonstrate how pulsars continue to provide unique constraints on gravity and fundamental physics in general, and how they complement other methods.

Proto-Neutron Star Winds: Supernova Diversity, Magnetars, and Heavy Element Nucleosynthesis

Todd Thompson
Ohio State University & Institute for Advanced Study
October 16, 2018

The mechanism of the explosion of massive stars remains uncertain. I will
discuss aspects of the critical condition for explosion, the observed
supernova diversity, and the connection to gamma-ray bursts and
super-luminous supernovae. I will focus on the first few seconds after
explosion, during the "proto-neutron star" cooling epoch, when a wind
driven by neutrino heating emerges from the cooling neutron star into the
overlying massive stellar progenitor, powering the explosion. I will