Seminar Details

First Results from NuSTAR

Daniel Stern, JPL/Caltech
Thursday, April 18, 4:10 PM - Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Biomedical & Physical Sciences Bldg., Rm. 1415

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, launched on June 13, 2012, and is the first telescope to focus high energy X-ray light above 10 keV. Compared to the previous generation of non-focusing observatories working in this energy band, this change in technology provides NuSTAR with 10x sharper images and 100x improved sensitivity. NuSTAR is providing / will provide a unique probe of the most energetic phenomena in the universe, from flares on the surface of the Sun, to the explosions of stars, to the extreme environments around neutron stars and black holes. I will present some of the highlights from the nine months of NuSTAR observations and describe how they are changing our picture of the extreme universe.