Physics Department Colloquia
Events on Friday, February 26th, 2016
- Gamma-Ray Observations of Pulsars with Cherenkov Telescopes
- Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
- Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
- Speaker: Nepomuk Otte, Georgia Tech
- Abstract: Pulsars have first been detected in 1967 and since developed into a tool to study a diverse set of fundamental physics questions. Over the past few decades pulsars had been detected over the entire electromagnetic spectrum. A recent highlight is the first detection of gamma-ray emission above 100 GeV from the Crab pulsar with VERITAS, which had not been predicted. I will tell the story that led to this remarkable discovery, how that discovery has changed our view of particle acceleration in the magnetosphere of pulsars, and give prospects of future observations of pulsars with the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).
- Host: Stefan Westerhoff