Scientific Colloquium
November 17, 2006

"New Views of Neutron Stars"

Neutron stars are nature's ultimate extreme machines.  They provide
a glimpse at physical conditions that exist nowhere else in the universe
and provide a way to "crash test" our current understanding of physics.
Recent X-ray observations from space, many made with NASA observatories,
have given us a new window onto these objects. I will provide a fast paced
tour of some of these recent findings, emphasizing observations done with
the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, and discuss what they are telling us
about neutron stars and fundamental physics. 

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