Neutron stars are entirely made of the same nuclear matter than the atomic nuclei in our bodies. JINA-CEE aims to understand the connection between the properties of this high density nuclear matter and the powerful cosmic phenomena frequently observed in connection with neutron stars such as gamma-ray and X-ray bursts.
The goal is to use neutron stars as unique laboratories to answer fundamental questions about the matter we are made of: "What is the energy density of nuclear matter?", "Are there novel phases of nuclear matter?", "How do nuclei react in a high density environment and can we restage the same processes in the laboratory?"