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Tracy M. Sonneborn Lecture
"All Explosions Great and Small"

Victor E. Viola, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington
Tuesday, December 5, 2000, Whittenberger Auditorium

Victor Viola is the recipient of the 2000 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, initiated in 1985 by the Dean of the Faculties Office to honor an IU professor who has achieved special distinction as a teacher and as a scholar or artist. Viola has long been established as one of the world’s leading nuclear chemists. His studies of nuclear reaction dynamics have continually broken new ground, and one of his special interests is the connection between nuclear phenomena and astrophysics. In his lecture he compares the explosion of a supernova with the explosion of atomic nuclei into fragments in a particle accelerator.

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Time Topic Visual
0:00 About Prof. Sonneborn and about Teaching and Research
0:52 About Himself and Others
2:10 About Himself and Students
3:59 About Two Special People
5:19 Sense of History
6:05 Beginning of the Universe
6:34 BIG BANG
8:10 Supernova SUPERNOVA
8:58 Neutron Stars
11:25 About His Work
11:48 FORTUNE TELLER WITH SNOWMAN
12:00 Water Illustration PHASE TRANSITION IN WATER
13:59 Dime Analogy
15:28 Definitions "HOW TO HEAT A NUCLEUS"
16:24 Collision Simulation "INSIDE A MICROWAVE OVEN"
17:34 Indiana Silicon Sphere INDIANA SILICON SPHERE
19:57 Interior Parts of Indiana Silicon Sphere INTERIOR PARTS OF INDIANA SILICON SPHERE
24:47 About Data and Work "THE ANATOMY OF AN EXPLOSION"
24:39 "HOW HOT?"
31:13 New Interpretation and Analysis "HEATING CURVE LOOKS SOMEWHAT LIKE BOILING OF WATER"
33:39 "BUT IS IT A PHASE TRANSITION?"

 

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