Dr. Adam Burrows via Zoom

Core-Collapse Supernova Theory

September 8, 2020

7:30 p.m.

Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This meeting is open to AAAP members and the public. Please mute yourself if not speaking. Limit 100 participants.

We are planning to make use of chat for the Q&A session and are planning on ways to reduce the background noise. To address background noise, we are going to follow the rules in the table below regarding the audio. If the background noise gets to loud during Q&A or the Business Meeting we will Mute All.


Only the Business part of the meeting will be locked.

Featured Speaker: Our speaker Dr. Adam Burrows is a Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, is the Director of the Princeton Planets and Life Certificate Program. Well-known as a pioneer in the theory of exoplanets, brown dwarfs, and supernovae, he has written numerous influential papers and reviews on these subjects during the last ~30 years. He has collaborated with more than 250 co-authors on more than 350 papers and given more than 300 invited talks and colloquia. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the 2010 Beatrice M. Tinsley Centennial Professor, and a former Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

Dr. Burrows will talk on “Core-Collapse Supernova Theory”. Using university's state-of-the-art code Fornax Dr. Burrows and his colleagues have simulated the collapse and explosion of the cores of many massive-star models in three spatial dimensions. This is the most comprehensive set of realistic 3D core-collapse supernova simulations yet performed and has provided very important insights into the mechanism and character of this almost 60-year-old astrophysical puzzle. Importantly, most multi-D models explode without artifice by the neutrino mechanism, aided by the effects of neutrino-driven turbulence. I will present detailed results from this suite of runs and the novel conclusions derived from our new capacity to simulate many 3D, as opposed to 2D and 1D, full physics models every year. This new capability, enabled by this new algorithm and modern HPC assets, is poised to transform our understanding of this central astrophysical phenomenon.

Using Zoom: While we are, social distancing AAAP has chosen to use Zoom based our belief that many have already used it and its ease of learning. One of its great features is you can choose whether you want to install the software on your computer or use it within your browser.

How to Join the September Meeting: For the meeting, we are going to follow a simple two-step process:

 1. Please make sure you have Zoom installed on your computer. You do not need a Zoom account or need to create one to join the meeting. Nor are you required to use a webcam.

 2. The link to the meeting is --

  Meeting ID: 936 0070 5448
  Passcode: 023975

NOTE: The meeting room will open at 7:00 PM. You will be placed in the waiting room until the speaker has joined us. If you do not have Zoom installed on your computer. tablet, or phone, it will be automatically installed when your join the meeting unless you choose the browser option.

If you click on the meeting link and it doesn’t work, simply copy and paste it into your browser.

More Information on Zoom: The Zoom site has many training videos most are for people who are hosting a meeting. If you’re unsure how Zoom works you might want to view the videos on how to join a meeting or how to check your computer’s audio and video before the meeting.

Looking forward to you joining us on Zoom at the September meeting!

Ira Polans,
Program Chair