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University of Calgary
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Dr. Rachid Ouyed featured in New Scientist and launches new Quark Nova Project website

The Department of Physics & Astronomy Dr. Rachid Ouyed is featured in the December issue of New Scientist:

Also, the new Quark Nova website has just been launched - please vist:

The Quark Nova Project (QNP) is a group of scientists based out of the University of Calgary who are dedicated to the investigation of quark novae (QNe). A quark nova (QN) is the violent explosion resulting from the conversion of a neutron star core to quark matter through a process known as quark deconfinement. The result is a star made entirely of quarks; the quark star. This process would release immense amounts of energy, perhaps explaining the most energetic explosions in the universe; rough calculations have estimated that as much as 1047 joules of energy could be released from the phase transition inside a neutron star. Quark-novae explain a multitude of astrophysical phenomena from gamma ray bursts through super-luminous super novae.