What: Compact Stars: Quark Matter
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church in
Livermore, 1893 N. Vasco Rd.
When: September 11, 1998
Conversation, 7:00 p.m.
Program begins, 7:30 p.m.
Who: Norman K. Glendenning, Ph.D.
"A neutron star, because it is so dense, may be the only natural place in the universe where quark matter exists," says Norman Glendenning. "We may have discovered a way of learning if this (the existence of free quarks) is true."
Dr. Glendenning is an international expert on the properties of dense matter and the composition of neutron stars. His investigations have postulated the existence of solid crystalline cores, consisting of mixed quark and hadronic matter, at the center of neutron stars. He suggests that such mixed phase material may explain observed "star quake" phenomena in pulsars.
Compact Stars, Dr. Glendenning's recent book on neutron stars and pulsars, includes research on spin rates as indicators of star's likely conversion of its core from nuclear matter to quark matter. He and his research team believe that "spin-up," a sudden increase in spin rate, will be detected in future observations.