Astronomy Colloquium for 2018-10-10

Series: Astronomy Colloquium
Date: Wednesday 10-Oct-2018
Time: 16:05-17:00 (4:05-5:00 pm)
Location: ATL 2400
Speaker: Dr. Keith Gendreau (NASA)
Title: NICER Early Operations and Initial Results

The Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 3, 2017. NICER is a pointed X-ray timing and spectroscopy instrument that provides better than 100 nanosecond measurements of the arrival times of X-ray photons while providing moderate X-ray energy resolution in the 200-12000 eV energy range. The mission focus is to understand ultra-dense matter through X-ray timing of neutron stars. In addition, NICER has demonstrated autonomous pulsar based navigation for the first time. Initial operations on the ISS as well as early science and technology results will be discussed.

Colloquia are usually preceded by espresso and ice cream at 1:45 pm outside room PSC 1150 and are followed by an informal reception at 5:15 pm in that room. Anyone interested in talking with the speaker, or being added to the colloquium announcement email list, should contact the colloquium organizer. Lunch will normally be reserved for the speaker to talk to graduate students.

Colloquium Organizer: Prof. Richard Mushotzky


Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be made by calling (301) 405-3001. It would be appreciated if we are notified at least one week in advance.


Directions and information about parking can be found here.

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