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Astronomy Colloquium Series Presents

Dr. Erika Hamden, Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona
Thursday, November 8, 2018
3:30-4:20 PM
411 West Hall Map
“Observing the faint universe in emission”

In the last several years, groundbreaking instruments have detected significant Lyman-alpha emission from the circumgalactic media (CGM) of z>2 galaxies, providing an initial corroboration to results from years of absorption line studies. Taken together, these indicate the presence of vast reservoirs of gas that we are only just beginning to observe and understand. To probe when star formation declines throughout the universe, we need to conduct similar observations at lower redshifts, moving into the UV. The Faint Intergalactic medium Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall-2) is a balloon-born UV multi-object spectrograph designed to detect Lyman-alpha emission from the circumgalactic medium (CGM) around z~0.7 galaxies. In this talk, I will discuss the science drivers for this mission and discuss our successful Fall 2018 flight from Fort Sumner, NM. In addition to performing groundbreaking science, FIREBall-2 flight tested several new technologies in a balloon setting, including the photon counting, high efficiency UV detectors that I helped to develop. I will discuss these technologies in the context of their impact on FIREBall and future missions, both sub-orbital and space based.

Please note: Should you require any reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access and opportunity related to this event please contact Stacy Tiburzi at 734-764-3440 or
Building: West Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Astronomy, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, Lecture, Physics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Astronomy, Department of Physics, Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics