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Pulsar Kicks With Active and Sterile Neutrinos – Leonard Kisslinger

Date: Fri. December 4th, 2009, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

In 2007 my coworkers and I completed the calculation of the velocity given to a neutron star in the period of 10-20 seconds after the gravitational collapse of a massive star by active neutrinos. This year an analysis of neutrino data has shown that there exist sterile neutrinos with large mixing angles. We have calculated the velocity that the emission of such sterile neutrinos in the 0-10 second period would give to the neutron star (the pulsar). We are applying this to calculate the velocity of the neutron star that might have been formed by SN 1987A. We are also engaged in calculating sterile neutrino prosesses during a supernova collapse to see if the stalled shock can be unstalled.

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