Visible light exposure of galaxy cluster Abell 2744 from NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope, X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory & math reconstruction of dark matter location. D. Coe & J. Merten/ESO/NASA/ESA/CXC

Physics Theory Seminar with Anna Suliga on Supernovae as Probes of Neutrino Physics

Anna Suliga (Hosted by Dev) from University of Wisconsin - Madison will be presenting the seminar "Core-Collapse Supernovae as Probes of (not only) Non-Standard Neutrino Physics"

Core-collapse supernovae are one of the most complex phenomena in the universe. Not only are they one of the sites of the production of the heavy elements which enable the existence of life, but their cores are also one of the densest environments we can indirectly probe. At such densities, the matter may no longer consist only of hadronic degrees of freedom but undergo a phase transition to quark matter. In this talk, I will discuss the implications of such a transition on the neutrino emission from core-collapse supernovae and how the detection of such a signal on Earth can be used to point to the location of the supernova and set stringent limits on the absolute active neutrino mass. In addition, I will also talk about how the hot and dense cores of the core-collapse supernovae are one of the best production sites for keV-sterile neutrinos. I will present how the self-consistent calculations of the active-sterile neutrino mixing in the supernova core relax the bounds on the sterile neutrino mixing parameters in the plane relevant for the dark matter searches.