Prashanth Jaikumar

PHY Division

Quark stars:
Astrophysics at the highest densities


Quark stars, made of quark matter, are an exciting new class of compact objects that contain matter at the highest densities. Strong interaction theory dictates that quark matter displays several interesting phases at large chemical potential, making the physical properties of such stars all the more interesting. I will discuss proposed observational features of quark stars, the probability of their detection, as well as some interesting connections to r-process nucleosynthesis.

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