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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
February 15, 2017 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Marcos Santander
Title: The Dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy
Abstract: The detection of high-energy astrophysical neutrinos by IceCube in 2013 and the announcement of a gravitational wave detection by LIGO in 2015 has opened new windows of exploration to the high-energy Universe. The combined study of all types of cosmic messengers (photons, cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gravitational waves) provides a unique way of solving some of the most pressing questions in astrophysics. Among them are the study of particle acceleration in extreme astrophysical objects, the characterization and localization of compact object mergers, the high-energy transient universe, and the origin of cosmic rays. I will summarize recent results and future prospects for multi-messenger studies concentrating on high-energy neutrinos detected by IceCube, and gamma-ray observations collected by VERITAS and the future Cherenkov Telescope Array.
The colloquia will be preceded by light refreshments in GL223 from 3:30 – 3:45p.m.