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EPJ ST Special Issue: Nuclear Astrophysics in Our Time: Supernovae, Neutron Stars and Binary Neutron Star Mergers

The understanding of the final journey of a massive star, after its nuclear fuel has been exhausted, is a fascinating problem because it involves all the forces of nature. The outcome of it may be a supernova explosion and the residue either be a neutron star or a black hole. This is a highly interdisciplinary area of research involving astrophysics, general relativity, nuclear physics and particle physics. The core collapse supernova (CCSN) explo- sion mechanism is being investigated over the past five decades or so. Still, the detailed theory of a successful supernova explosion is eluding us and a challenging problem. Equation of state of matter from low to high density and neutrino interactions with matter are important microphysics inputs in CCSN.

The spectacular discovery of the first neutron star merger event GW170817 in gravitational waves and across the electromagnetic spectrum resulted in plethora of information about the short gamma ray burst, binary chirp mass, tidal deformability, speed of gravitational waves and the Hubble constant. Furthermore it is manifestly evident that GW170817 is a shot in the arm for nuclear astrophysics communities around the world as dense matter equa- tion of state in neutron stars and heavy element synthesis through r-process nucleosynthesis in the ejected neutron rich matter could be probed.

This shows that the birth of neutron stars through supernova explosion mechanism to binary neutron star mergers is finely linked by various aspects of nuclear astrophysics. It is the linkage that will be explored in this issue of European Physical Journal on Special Topics (EPJST) .

As the editor of this EPJST issue, I assist the EPJST board in compiling this issue and invite authors to submit their original research and short review articles for this collection of articles in nuclear astrophysics. Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php by selecting "Nuclear Astrophysics in Our Time: Supernovae, Neutron Stars and Binary Neutron Star Mergers" as special issue not later than

Submission Deadline: 30 March 2020

Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here.

I look forward to your submission for this special issue.

Debades Bandyopadhyay, Guest Editor

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