Disque Hall 919, S. 32nd Street and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Physics Colloquium: "The High-Energy Universe as Seen in Gamma-Rays"
Thursday, November 6, 2014
3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Marcos Santander, PhD, Columbia University
The field of gamma-ray astrophysics has experienced a golden age of discoveries over the last ten years thanks to the launch of the Fermi satellite and the operation of ground-based Cherenkov telescopes such as the VERITAS observatory in southern Arizona. The unprecedented sensitivity provided by these instruments has enabled a broad range of scientific research: from the discovery and characterization of Nature’s most powerful astrophysical accelerators to the search for dark matter and hints of new physics.
This talk will discuss the scientific drivers behind TeV gamma-ray astronomy, present some recent exciting results from VERITAS, and introduce its successor, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), which is expected to start operation by the end of the decade.
Assisstant Professor Naoko Kurahashi Neilson