Simulation of neutron star merger

Simulation of neutron star merger

blue blobs representing neutron stars merge, with red dots in the middle

The process of two neutron stars merging provides an opportunity for researchers to study certain kinds of matter under temperatures and densities that cannot be produced on Earth. Simulations, like that depicted here, can predict where certain kinds of subatomic particles, including deconfined quarks (red) might form.

IMAGE: Radice Lab, Penn State