Type 1A supernovae are giant stellar explosions that have been used as distance indicators to discover the acceleration of the universe. Despite the awarding of a Noble Prize, how type 1As explode is presently unclear. We propose a dramatically new mechanism involving natural fission explosions . This physics parallels that in terrestrial nuclear weapons and we review Indiana University’s participation in the Manhattan Project.
Colloquium: Charles J. Horowitz on Supernovae Ignited by Nuclear Fission Explosions
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.