RASC Regular Meeting February 12, 2018, Kilonovae and the origin of gold in the Universe

RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – IMAX Theatre
FREE and open to the public.

7:00 PM Meet and Greet
7:30 PM Guest Speaker

Rodrigo Fernandez
Kilonovae and the origin of gold in the Universe

Credit: Caltech

This talk will discuss the recent detection of a neutron star merger in gravitational waves by LIGO/Virgo, and the accompanying electromagnetic signal (a kilonova). There is strong evidence that heavy r-process elements (including gold) are made in these events.

 

 

Rodrigo Fernandez

Rodrigo grew up in Chile, did his PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, then had postdoctoral appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the University of California, Berkeley.