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Astronomy Colloquium Series Presents:

Dr. Ann Hornschemeier, Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Thursday, February 25, 2021
3:30-4:30 PM
Off Campus Location
"Hard X-ray Studies of Galaxies, a Current Frontier in X-ray Astronomy”

There is still quite a bit of potential future development in the field of X-ray astronomy that does not require large amounts of funding for serious progress. One such avenue includes extending the X-ray bandpass to harder (higher) X-ray energies, well above the 0.5-10 keV bandpass that has been explored by so many X-ray missions to date. This talk will cover results from NuSTAR, a small Explorer mission that launched in June 2012 that operates in the 3-80 keV bandpass. Among its many achievements, NuSTAR has enabled hard X-ray studies of neutron stars and black holes in nearby galaxies and is paving the way for future, more capable concepts such as JAXA’s FORCE mission and the Probe concept HEX-P. This talk will focus on studies of normal (non-AGN) galaxies at hard X-ray energies and will conclude with prospects for such future missions.

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