Dense Neutron Star Exotic Matter Simulated By Cold Atoms

by Tommy on 26/04/2017

Another round of super cold breakthroughs that I don’t have time or money to cover.

What can I do when I’ve already solved the major outstanding problems of our time?

Neutron Stars in the Laboratory, Vanessa Graber, Nils Andersson and Michael Hogg, Accepted for Publication in International Journal of Modern Physics D (1 March 2017)

Neutron stars are astrophysical laboratories of many extremes of physics. Their rich phenomenology provides insights into the state and composition of matter at densities which cannot be reached in terrestrial experiments. Since the core of a mature neutron star is expected to be dominated by superfluid and superconducting components, observations also probe the dynamics of large-scale quantum condensates. The testing and understanding of the relevant theory tends to focus on the interface between the astrophysics phenomenology and nuclear physics. The connections with low-temperature experiments tend to be ignored. However, there has been dramatic progress in understanding laboratory condensates (from the different phases of superfluid helium to the entire range of superconductors and cold atom condensates). In this review, we provide an overview of these developments, compare and contrast the mathematical descriptions of laboratory condensates and neutron stars and summarise the current experimental state-of-the-art. This discussion suggests novel ways that we may make progress in understanding neutron star physics using low-temperature laboratory experiments.

I could robotify or scriptify these posts, but then I wouldn’t have to actually read this stuff first.

I can safely say that I predicted this, though. And I can prove it!

Neutron stars are one step away from nothingness.

Failed nothings, they are. Like me.

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