Neutron Star Science with the NuSTAR
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), launched in June 2012, helped scientists obtain for the first time a sensitive high-energy X-ray map of the sky with extraordinary resolution. This pioneering telescope has aided in the understanding of how stars explode and neutron stars are born. LLNL is a founding member of the NuSTAR project, with key personnel on its optics and science team. We used NuSTAR to observe and analyze the observations of different neutron star classes identified in the last decade that are still poorly understood. These studies not only help to comprehend newly discovered astrophysical phenomena and emission processes for members of the neutron star family, but also expand the utility of such observations for addressing broader questions in astrophysics and other physics disciplines. For example, neutron stars provide an excellent laboratory to study exotic and extreme phenomena, such as the equation of state of the densest matter known, the behavior of matter in extreme magnetic fields, and the effects of general relativity. At the same time, knowing their accurate populations has profound implications for understanding the life cycle of massive stars, star collapse, and overall galactic evolution.
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- 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; NEUTRON STARS; ASTROPHYSICS; X RADIATION; EQUATIONS OF STATE; GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY; GALACTIC EVOLUTION; MATTER; MAGNETIC FIELDS; EMISSION; MAPS; STAR EVOLUTION; RESOLUTION; SKY
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