MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

NICER to the Space Station: Astrophysics of Neutron Stars and Black Holes via X-ray Astronomy

Ronald Remillard, Principal Research Scientist

Jan/26 Thu 01:30PM-02:00PM Marlar Lounge 37-252

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: none

NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR ("NICER"), will be launched to the International Space Station. The NICER detector team at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics has delivered Si drift detectors and signal processing electronics for the 56 cameras that constitute the Instrument. The cameras are sensitive to X-ray photons in the range 0.2-12 keV, and each event will be time-tagged with an instrument clock that ticks at 40 ns. This talk will review the science goals, the instrument technology, and the calibration equipment that allows us to accomplish requirements, including the achievement of timing accuracy to 100 ns in the Solar System barycenter.

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Sponsor(s): Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research
Contact: Debbie Meinbresse, 37-241, 617 253-1456, MEINBRES@MIT.EDU