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Aug 5, 2020

Professor’s milestone in nuclear physics seeks to understand the universe itself

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A nuclear physics professor from Florida International University was among a team of researchers that proposed something so out of this world, colleagues first hesitated to accept it was possible.

In 1993, they boldly predicted how the densest materials in the universe—known to exist only in rare neutron —could be made here on Earth. Ultimately, their research was published in Physical Review C, a leading focused on nuclear .

It spawned a wave of follow up research that in 2006 confirmed their prediction was true. For the tiniest sliver of a second, researchers at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia were able to briefly create the material that exists inside a neutron star.

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