Neutron stars are some of the most exotic objects in the universe.  They are the remnants of the explosion of very massive stars that spin at hundreds of times each second and are so dense that a single teaspoon of their content would weigh a billion tons. Within such extreme conditions, new unique states of matter are expected to be created. Finding observational evidence for these new states of matter is the expertise of Dr. Veronica Dexheimer, Associate Professor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. With the support of Fulbright, Dr. Dexheimer is spending her sabbatical in Coimbra, Portugal collaborating with local astrophysicists to make predictions for the detection of new states of matter in upcoming NASA observations and LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave detections.


US Scholar Program – All Disciplines Award

Position, Home Institution: Associate Professor, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics

Field of Study: Physics – Nuclear Physics

Project Title: “Neutron Star Modeling in the 21st Century”

Host Institution, Location: Universidade de Coimbra, School of Sciences and Technology, Center for Physics

Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 4 months, starting in September 2022