About Alicia Soderberg's Work
Throughout history, observational studies of dying stars and their catastrophic demise in supernova explosions have focused almost entirely on optical data. Despite these traditional studies (6000 supernovae discovered to date) many critical questions remain unanswered, including what transpires in the final stages of stellar life, the basic explosion physics, and which stars give birth to black holes versus neutron stars. Progress requires new observational insight from wavelengths outside of the optical band. Drawing from two new premiere astronomical observatories operating in the radio and mm-band, coupled with a novel technique to discover supernovae using X-ray telescopes, I aim to close the gap in our understanding of the final stages of stellar evolution through a new Center for Supernova Forensics.