Montana State University

Department of Physics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840

Tel: (406) 994-3614
Fax: (406) 994-4452
Location: EPS building, Room 264

Department Head:
Prof. Yves Idzerda

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Crab Nebula

Neutron stars contain the densest known matter in the Universe and the strongest magnetic fields; a cubic centimeter of neutron-star matter has a mass of one hundred million metric tons, while magnetic fields are as large as 1015 G (1011 T). The astrophysics group studies neutron-star rotational dynamics, thermal evolution, and explosive phenomena to deduce the properties and dynamics of the stellar interior. Components of this research are being conducted by Professors Link and Tsuruta.

The Crab Supernova Remnant
as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

A supermassive black hole resides at the center of most galaxies. Some galaxies contain black holes that are more than a billion times the mass of our Sun. As matter falls into the black hole it is heated and compressed, emitting intense radiation before passing through the event horizon. Jets of material traveling at nearly the speed of light can be driven away from the black hole. Professor Tsuruta studies how matter falls into a supermassive black hole, and the physics of the emission process. Professor Tsuruta also studies the formation of supermassive stars, and gravitational wave emission from merging black holes that could be detectable by LISA.

Faculty Participating in Astrophysics Programs:

Bennett Link,  Ph.D
Phone: 406-994-6174 Email: You will need to type email address
EPS Room , MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Sachiko Tsuruta,  Ph.D
Phone: 406-994-6779 Email: You will need to type email address
EPS Room 239, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Updated: October 16, 2013 9:02