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Neutron Collision Graphic: Caption and Credits

Axisymmetric Collision of Two Neutron Stars.

In 1986, Charles Evans, now at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, built a computer code to model axisymmetric stellar systems on the CRAY X-MP at NCSA. This code was designed as a tool to study the production of gravitational radiation during the collapse of nonspherical stellar cores (associated with supernovae) and collisions between neutron stars.

The figures show the density distribution prior to the collision. The colors mark contours of equal density.


Research: Charles Evans, ex-California Institute of Technology

Visualization & Post-Production: Nancy St. John, Robert Haber, Craig Upson, Carl Hoyer, Ray Idaszak, Colleen Bushell, NCSA

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NCSA. Last modified 11/8/95.