Friday 7th April 2017 - 8:00pm
Topic: Stellar explosions and their remnants
Speaker: Professor Denis Leahy, University of Calgary
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Stellar explosions provide the elements that everything around us is constructed from. They also return mass from stars back to the space between the stars. The life of a massive star and its sudden death in such an event, called a supernova because of its brilliance, are outlined. Following the explosion, the blast wave produces a phenomenon known as as supernova remnant. This is what we can study in some detail. The talk will include description of research on supernova remnants by Dr. Leahy.
Biography: Denis Leahy is a Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary. He gained his B.Sc in Physics at the University of Waterloo, Ontario and his M.Sc and PhD at the University of British Columbia. He held a post doctoral position at NASA Marshall Spec Flight Center Harvard and has been an assistant professor, Associate professor and is currently a full professor at the University of Calgary. His research interests include high energy astrophysics: neutron stars and other compact objects, X-ray binaries and supernova remnants.