Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Topic: 
A New View of the High Energy Universe: Science Highlights from the Nuclear Spectroscope Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Mission
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
Hewlett 201
Speaker: 
Fiona Harrison (Caltech)
Abstract / Description: 

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, the first focusing high-energy X-ray (3-79 keV) telescope in orbit, extends sensitive X-ray observations above the band pass where Chandra and XMM-Newton operate. With an unprecedented combination of sensitivity, spectral and imaging resolution above 10 keV, NuSTAR is advancing our understanding of black holes, neutron stars, and supernova remnants. Harrison will describe the mission, and present science highlights to-date spanning from probing the regions within a few gravitational radii of black holes to understanding the mechanisms that make massive stars explode.