Observing X-ray burst and accretion physics with NICER

Dr. Peter Bult (host Krawczynski), Goddard Space Flight Center
December 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm
241 Compton
Event Description 

NASA's Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) was launched and installed on the international space station in June this year. NICER is devoted to the study of neutron stars, and offers excellent timing and spectral resolution in the 0.3-12 keV soft X-ray band. The main science goal for NICER is to measure the pulse waveform of millisecond pulsars, and thereby constrain the mass/radius relation in neutron stars. It's detector capabilities, however, also make it a great instrument for the study of thermonuclear X-ray bursts and accretion onto compact objects. In this talk I will review NICER's capabilities and present some of the early results of the X-ray burst and accretion physics we are studying.

Coffee: 2:00 pm, 241 Compton