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Two UML students, Chris and Tim, working on a lab.

Activities

Activities

  • We initiated new data and computation intensive collaboration in Pulsar astrophysics. Project brings together observers, theorists and modelers to address the entire archive of thousands of observations of X-ray pulsars collected by Chandra (US) XMM‐Newton (Europe), Suzaku (Japan) and other satellites over the past two decades. Our collaboration has over the years published many landmark papers in the field, and the new effort is to tackle a specific problem (determining the neutron star magnetosphere structure) that requires a huge collective modeling and data mining effort.
  • We delivered LITES, an UV imaging spectrograph for ionospheric remote sensing. It is undergoing environmental tests in preparation for flight aboard the International Space Station in early 2016.
  • PICTURE-B, our sounding rocket experiment for direct imaging of exoplanetary environments, has launched.
  • We are developing a computer model that explains UV airglow data in terms of upper atmospheric parameters. This model will be used in LITES data reduction and analyses.
  • We are readying two high resolution imaging spectrographs capable of round-the-clock airglow and auroral observations for field deployment.
  • We have started the design of key components of PICTURE-C, our high altitude balloon experiments, which will continue the work started with the PICTURE sounding rocket experiments.
  • Many people are familiar with the clicks and pops that a Geiger-counter makes when measuring radioactive sources. One of our projects is to emulate what it would sound like to point a Geiger-counter into outer space! We will utilize the findings in education and outreach programs assisting people who may be visually impaired in understanding Pulsars.