Astrophysics of Dark Energy Stars


Professor George F. Chapline
N-Division, Physics & Advanced Technologies
Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California

Thursday, 07 April 2005
Socialization : 2:15 p.m.
Presentation : 2:30 p.m.

Event horizons cannot exist in the real world for the simple reason that they are inconsistent with quantum mechanics. Following ideas originated by Robert Laughlin, Pawel Mazur, Emil Mottola, David Santiago and the speaker it is now possible to describe in some detail what happens physically when one approaches and crosses a region of space-time where classical general relativity predicts that there should be an infinite red-shift surface. Compact objects are apparently regions of space where the vacuum energy is much higher; and this provides novel explanations for a variety of enigmatic phenomena including supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, highly collimated jets, and dark matter.


Dr. Chapline is a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He received his PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1967. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz until July 1969 when he joined the LLNL. Dr. Chapline was a Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, in 1980. He received the U.S. Department of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award in 1983 and served as Science Advisor to the Associate Laboratory Director for Defense Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2000 and 2001. His general research interests are in quantum theory, astrophysics, and neural networks.

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