The NewCOMPSTAR project ("Exploring fundamental physics with compact stars") has the aim of merging the different communities interested in compact stars. NewCOMPSTAR is an MPNS COST Action (MP1304) that officially started on Nov. 25 2013, it will last 5 years, and is lead by the University of Frankfurt.
Compact stars, such as neutron stars, strange stars or hybrid stars, are unique laboratories that allow us to probe the building blocks of matter and their interactions at regimes that terrestrial laboratories cannot explore. These exceptional objects have already led to breakthrough discoveries in nuclear and subnuclear physics, QCD, general relativity and high-energy astrophysics. The upcoming generation of observatories and gravitational-wave detectors will continue to nurture innovative and fundamental discoveries complementary to those achieved through the nuclear and subnuclear experimental facilities. The NewCOMPSTAR COST Action brings together the leading experts in astrophysics, nuclear physics and gravitational physics from 29 different countries within Europe and neighbouring countries, to address this fascinating but challenging research area through an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to an innovative and well-defined research agenda, the network will provide a dedicated training program for a new generation of scientists with wide-ranging expertise and multiple skills oriented also towards knowledge transfer and innovation.
The Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) is involved in this project from the very beginning, and holds the Astrophysics Working Group leadership role, sitting among the 8 national representatives that act as a Steering Committee.
Senior Institute members involved
, E. de Oña Wilhelmi, D. F. Torres, L. Tolos