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Interdisciplinary Seminar on Kilonovae

From 28 November to 1 December 2022, the seminar “Kilonova: Multimessenger and Multiphysics” will take place in Bad Honnef, Germany. Thanks to the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation and the organisers, including ELEMENTS members Almudena Arcones, Camilla Juul Hansen and Thomas Stöhlker, physicists from the fields of atomic physics and astrophysics get the chance to discuss the implications of the first gravitational wave detection from the merger of two neutron stars (GW170817) together. The resulting kilonova holds many clues to the long-standing question of how and where heavy elements are produced in the universe. Among the invited speakers is ELEMENTS PI Stefan Schippers from Justus-Liebig-University Gießen.

The goal of this interdisciplinary seminar will be to bring together a group of experts from different fields and approaches to understand the microphysics and macrophysics of kilonovae and how to use observations to learn about these exciting multimessenger events. It aims at starting and strengthening collaborations between atomic physics and astrophysics (atomic astrophysics) following the successful example of nuclear astrophysics.

Registration closes on 25 September 2022. You can find out more and apply here!

Snapshot from a binary neutron star merger simulation © Max Jacobi, TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Goethe University Frankfurt
Tel: +49 (69) 798-47871

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Norbert Pietralla
Institut for Nuclear Physics
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Tel: + 49 (6151) 16 23540

Goethe University Frankfurt

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt