Sunday, July 15, 2012

Arghh! - Correlated Gravitational Wave and Neutrino Signals from Rotating Stellar Collapse

This movie shows the inner regions (roughly the inner 40x40 km) of a collapsing, rapidly spinning massive star. The colors indicate entropy (a measure of the order/disorder of the system that roughly corresponds to heat). Red regions are very hot, while blue regions are cold; other colors are in between. The black lines are density isocontours. The black arrows indicate the direction of the flow of stellar material. Superposed, moving from left to right, are the neutrino signal (top) and the gravitational wave signal (bottom). Editor: Please note timelines, the whole process takes 22 milliseconds! Article posted here

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