Fast X-ray Detectors For NICER: Astrophysics Of Neutron Stars And Black Holes From The International Space Station

Wednesday January 28, 2015 2:00 pm
Marlar Lounge (37-252)

The NICER team at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics will deliver detectors that are a key portion of the 56-camera Instrument for X-ray astronomy that will be deployed on the International Space Station in 2016.  The project is known as the Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR (“NICER”). The cameras are sensitive to 0.2-12 keV photons, and each event will be time-tagged with instrument clock ticks that run at 40 ns.  This talk will review the science goals, the instrument technology, and the calibration equipment  that will help us to accomplish the goal to time-tag every event to the Solar system barycenter, to an accuracy of 100 ns.

No advance sign up; no enrollment limit.

A complete listing of MKI’s IAP offerings for 2015, is available here.