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X-Ray Observatories & Optics
Dr. Ryan Allured
Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Since the 1970s, space-born X-ray observatories have shed light on a variety of exotic objects from neutron stars in our own Milky Way to supermassive black holes at the center of distant galaxies. With each new observatory, the field of X-ray instrumentation makes significant advances in both optics and detectors.  In this talk, Dr. Allured will introduce the main components of an X-ray telescope.  He will give an overview of the currently orbiting X-ray observatories, Chandra and XMM-Newton with emphasis on their imaging optics. The concept for a successor to Chandra will be described as well as the enabling technology: adjustable X-ray optics. Finally, he will present recent laboratory developments in the adjustable X-ray optics program.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Allured did his undergraduate physics and mathematics degree at Illinois State University.  He went on to earn his PhD in physics at the University of Iowa while working on the Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer mission.  After a brief postdoc period at the University of Iowa working on off-plane X-ray reflection gratings, he was awarded the Leon Van Speybroeck Fellowship in X-ray optics at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.  He primarily works on adjustable X-ray optics, but is also heavily involved in the Arcus Small Explorer proposal and the recently approved MaGIXS X-ray spectrometer rocket.


Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at Changsho, 1712 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm before the meeting.
When & Where?

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM in Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (60 Garden St, Cambridge, MA).

Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at Changsho, 1712 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm before the meeting.


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