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Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Friday, October 25th 2019
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Pepi Fabbiano, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Subject: 20 Years of X-ray Observations with Chandra

Launched on the 23rd of July 1999 as the NASA Great Observatory for the X-ray band (~0.1-8 keV), Chandra has opened up a new age of discovery, culminating a 40-year development in the observations of the sky in the X-ray band. What makes the Chandra telescope unique is its sub-arc-second angular resolution. Combined with the moderate spectral resolution and timing of its most used focal plane imager, this imaging capability has opened a discovery space encompassing the whole of astronomy, from stars to high redshift quasars and large structures in the universe. Chandra observations provide a unique insight into the high-energy, hot universe, complementing the views from other wavebands.

After giving a general overview of Chandra’s results, in this talk I will discuss some new developments in the study of AGN-galaxy interaction that exploit to the fullest the imaging capability of Chandra. I will also briefly introduce the new release of the Chandra Source Catalog (CSC2.0) and conclude with a look to future developments.

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