Podcster: Rob Sparks. Guest: André-Nicolas Chene

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Title: The First Kilonova Progenitor

Organization: NOIRLab

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Kilonova form when two neutron stars collide. They were first discovered by their gravitational wave emissions. In this podcast, NOIRLab’s André-Nicolas Chene described the discovery of a system that will become a kilonova in the future.

Bio: Rob Sparks is in the Communications, Education and Engagement group at NSF’s NOIRLab in Tucson, Arizona

André-Nicolas Chene is an associate astronomer at NOIRLab. He completed his PhD at the Université de Montréal in 2007 and learned everything about the fundamentals of astronomical observations at the Observatoire du Mont Mégantic. He was research fellow at the NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre and postdoc jointly at the Universidad de Concepción and the Universidad de Valparaíso before joining the Gemini Observatory (now a program of NOIRLab) in 2013. For almost 10 years, André-Nicolas took part in every phase of a Gemini observing program life cycle and has played a central role in Gemini’s user support effort. André-Nicolas’s research interests are massive stars, hot winds, star clusters, and stellar evolution.

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