Supernovae

Supernovae

  • Daniel Pfenniger added an answer:
    Can anyone help me with a question about neutrinos?

    I recently read a paper saying that, apart from those coming from stars, supenovae, cosmic rays and nuclear power plants, the majority of all the neutrinos in our universe were created at the big bang. But, considering that neutrinos are very elusive particles, that they travel almost at the speed of light and in straight lines, I think they all should be now near the boundary of the universe.

    How come that we can observe them? Is my reasoning above not right?

    Daniel Pfenniger · University of Geneva

    Cosmologists keep saying the neutrino background has temperature T=1.9K while actually they want to say that their energy corresponds to kT, with k Boltzmann's constant.  This habit comes from the time neutrinos were commonly assumed to be massless.  In that case, like for photons, energy can be assimilated to a temperature because if they would thermalize with a thermometer a temperature T would be measured.

    But since neutrinos are massive, nowadays a substantial part of their energy is in their rest mass c^2.  A thermometer only measures the random kinetic energy part.  The  temperature that would be measured  if a huge thermometer would be brought to thermal equilibrium with the the neutrino background would be rather in the 0.001K range (depending on their still uncertain actual mass).

  • John Wyndham added an answer:
    Has the important astronomical event, supernova 1054 in constellation Taurus, played any role in the discovery of pulsars?
    I know that the development of radio astronomy was the most crucial step in the discovery, but still I am convinced that the supernova 1054 may have had some inspiring role in the discovery of pulsars.
    John Wyndham · Scientists for 9/11 Truth

    About myself:

    I have not worked in the field of Radio Astronomy since leaving Caltech in 1967.

    My purpose in joining ResearchGate was to feature my recent researches into the Science of 9/11.  A paper presented at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Ethics in Science, Engineering etc (May 23-26, 2014, Chicago) is awaiting publication in the IEEE proceedings for this conference. The title of the paper is "Ethics and the Official Reports about the Destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers (WTC1 and WTC2) on 9/11: A Case Study" by John D. Wyndham, Wayne H. Coste, and Michael R. Smith.

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