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Saturday Physics for Everyone: What Is Inside Jupiter and Saturn and How Do We Know?

Event Type
Community Service
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis Laboratory
Date
Dec 7, 2013   10:15 - 11:30 am  
Speaker
Professor David Ceperley
Contact
Toni Pitts
E-Mail
tpitts@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-2948
Views
6350

Jupiter, Saturn, and a host of newly discovered "exo-planets" are thought to be composed largely of hydrogen and helium. To understand the planets, we need to study properties of hydrogen and helium under the extreme conditions of temperature and pressure inside those planets, conditions hardly accessible to laboratory measurements. I will describe how we use high performance computers such as Blue Waters at the University of Illinois to calculate those properties and thus to help understand some of the most important objects in the Universe.

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