X-ray Astronomy: Past, Present, and a Dynamic Future

11/01/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Ralph Kraft, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

In this presentation, I will give a brief summary of the history of X-ray astronomy from early discoveries in the 1960s using simple detectors on sounding rockets, to mature missions such as Chandra and XMM-Newton, and outline future concepts using advanced detector and optics technologies.  My goal will be to provide a broad overview of the field with emphasis on scientific highlights and technological progress.  I will highlight some of the major discoveries about our Universe made in the soft X-ray band over the past six decades, and outline what a future large US mission (i.e. Lynx) will be capable of measuring.


Host: Yuanyuan Su

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