Exploring the Extreme Universe with Gamma-Ray Telescopes
Friday December 2nd, 7:30pm, Leinhard Lecture Hall, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.
Very high-energy gamma-ray astrophysics has emerged as an exciting and vital area of research, with major discoveries made through satellite experiments in space and observatories on Earth. Gamma rays are the most energetic forms of light and are generated in some of the most violent processes in the Universe. One example is a supernova explosion, which generates a blinding flash of radiation, as well as shock waves. Outside our own galaxy, another exciting astrophysical object is a type of high-energy quasar, thought to harbor a super-massive black hole.
Our speaker, Professor Reshmi Mukherjee, will explore some of the experiments scientists have developed to take a glimpse at these mysterious and energetic aspects of our Universe.
Dr. Mukherjee is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College, Columbia University. She teaches Intro Physics and Quantum Mechanics. Prior to Barnard, she was a postdoctoral researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on satellite experiments. Her research interests include experimental and observational astronomy, development of gamma-ray detectors and telescopes, the study of extragalactic gamma-ray sources such as blazars, and the particle acceleration and emission mechanisms in astrophysical objects.
Free and open to the public.