TALENT 2015: Nuclear Physics of Neutron Stars and Supernovae


The Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) will host a three-week  course June 22 - July 10, 2015. The purpose of this course is to provide a pedagogic introduction to the basic concepts in nuclear and neutrino physics needed to understand and interpret observations of neutron stars and supernovae. 

The TALENT/INT course on Nuclear Physics of Neutron Stars and Supernovae  is part of the TALENT initiative ("Training in Advanced Low-Energy Nuclear Theory") to develop a graduate program of excellence in low-energy nuclear theory. The program will build a network of strong connections between universities and research laboratories and institutes worldwide, and provide a unique and in-depth training ground for the future needs of nuclear physics. More details about the TALENT initiative and other courses can be found at nucleartalent.org.

Application Process:

  • The course is intended for students who have already completed graduate level courses in quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and statistical mechanics. We plan to admit about 20-25 students. 
  • Only online applications will be considered. To apply go to: "TALENT 2015 Application"
  • The application deadline is  March 1, 2015.  


Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Financial Support:  

We will provide room and board for all accepted students. Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms in the University dormitory and will receive meal cards to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner on campus.

Course Outline:  
Principal lecturers: Guest Seminar Speakers: Format:
  • 45 hours of lectures.
  • 15 hours of active learning.
  • 45 hours of problem solving.
  • 5 guest seminars.
  • 15 hours of student presentations.
  1. Stellar evolution, supernova and neutron stars.
  2. Observations and basic properties of neutron stars and supernovae.
  3. Brief review of nuclear forces and nuclear models.
  4. Review of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
  5. Basic notions in dense matter theory.
  6. Simple models, the equation of state, and linear response theory.
  7. Homogeneous dense nuclear matter.
  8. Tolman Oppenheimer Volkoff equations and neutron star structure.
  9. Physics at sub-nuclear density and the properties of the neutron star crust.
  10. Superfluidity and superconductivity in neutron stars.
  11. Phase transitions at high density.
  12. Neutrino processes in dense matter and neutron star cooling.
  13. Transport properties of degenerate matter.
  14. Accreting neutron stars.
  15. Supernova neutrinos.
  16. Gravitational waves from neutron star.


Financial support for this TALENT course is provided by the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) and by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA).