The PSO group at HITS supports the workshop “Bridging nuclear and gravitational physics: the dense matter equation of state”, which is hold at the European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*), Trento, Italy, from 5-9 June, 2017. After the revolutionary detection of gravitational waves from black-hole mergers, the community awaits the first measurement of neutron-star mergers. These events are of great interest for nuclear physics, since the detailed dynamics can teach us about the fundamental interactions and fundamental constituents of matter at very high density, which is only partially known. Any progress in understanding fundamental physics from astrophysical observations crucially relies on the interaction between the nuclear physics community and researchers in gravitational physics and astrophysics. Thus, the workshop, which is co-organized by PSO member Andreas Bauswein, aims to foster collaboration between nuclear physics and gravitational physics.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.