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Marten van Kerkwijk

Professor Compact objects, stars and binaries, their structure, formation and evolution, and their use to infer fundamental physical properties.Ph.D. 1993, Amsterdam
Work Phone: (416)946-7288 Website: http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/~mhvk/
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I am interested in compact objects, stars and binaries, their structure, formation and evolution, and their use to infer fundamental physical properties. My research is based on observations, but
includes interpretation, theory and numerical modelling as required. Currently, I am trying to use
neutron stars to study physics in conditions out of reach of terrestrial experiment, and to solve associated astronomical puzzles. I am also looking at the origin of SN Ia explosions (hoping to confirm our suggestion that these are due to white-dwarf me rgers, even for sub-Chandrasekhar mass), and, more generally, try to predict what types of transients should occur
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