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Research opportunities: Events / seminars: * 40+ full members (faculty and staff) * Physics Dept. faculty: Burchat, Cabrera, Church, Gratta, Linde, Michelson, Petrosian, Romani, Scherrer, Wagoner - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Imaging Transition Edge Sensor arrays for UV\optical\IR astrophysics

Grad student orientation Fall 2011Research opportunities: / seminars:* 40+ full members (faculty and staff)

* Physics Dept. faculty: Burchat, Cabrera, Church, Gratta, Linde, Michelson, Petrosian, Romani, Scherrer, Wagoner

* SLAC PPA Faculty / staff: Bloom, Burke, Digel, Madejski, Roodman, Schindler, Tajima

* Joint SLAC + Physics: Abel, Allen, Blandford (director), Funk, Kahn, Kuo, Senatore, Wechsler

* ~30 postdocs; ~25 students

* General Group Meetings:-Tuesday 11 AM - Varian 3rd floor conf room- Friday 10:30 AM Kavli 3d floor conf room

GS Orient 11-2Astrophysics and Cosmology at StanfordTwo active centersKavli Bldg @SLACPhysics/Astrophysics (P/AP) & Varian buildings on campus

General Group MeetingsTuesday 11:00 AM Varian 3rd floor conf roomFriday 10:30 AM Kavli 3d floor conf room.many other weekly meetings of individual groups

Astrophysics colloquia Thursdays 4:00PMRotates between P/AP 101/102 on campus and Kavli Bldg at SLACDo check out

GS Orient 11-3Fermi LATLarge Area Telescope assembled at SLACLaunched in June 2008Blandford, Bloom, Digel, Funk, Michelson (PI), Petrosian, Romani, Madejski, Tajima, + many other SLAC staff and post-docs

e+eGS Orient 09-4Gamma-Ray Sky Lots of New Source DiscoveriesLots of Thesis Opportunities

GS Orient 09-5

GS Orient 09-6Romani Group: High energy AstrophysicsCurrent focus: Fermi/LAT study of Pulsars and Blazars: Astrophysical Populations and Accelerator PhysicsLAT data new discoveries piling upSupporting observations across the E-M spectrum, Modeling, Physicstaking on rotators this yeartalk with any of the characters pictured at : gGroup (w/ Michelson & Funk)visit P/AP 233, 235;

g-rays BHs & spin (Rel. Jets) Pulsars & Wind NebualeGS Orient 11-7Fermi Gamma-ray Space telescope and the extreme particle acceleratorsFermi is studying lots of new sources extreme particle accelerators

Broad-band picture needed - radio to optical, IR, UV, X-rays,

Greg Madejskis main area of interest: black holes and astrophysical jets

Future: Stanford is involved in development and planning for the next Caltech-led satellite mission NuSTAR, sensitive in the hard X-ray band will be launched in 2012

Definitely looking for students / rotators!; (650) 926-5184

Radio, optical, and X-ray image of a jet in the active galaxy Virgo-A

Fermi installed in the rocket fairingStefan Funk: the Crab Nebula flares and the Fermi Bubbles

Fermi Bubbles - diffuse, large-scale gamma-ray emission in our GalaxyNo publication by the LAT team yetExact properties will yield important information about their origin

Crab Nebula: mechanisms for particle acceleration? Extend energy spectrum to lower energies, understand time structureBack to the Galaxy with Fermi

After Fermi: CTA The Cherenkov Telescope arrayWe plan to build a next-generation cameraInterested? Contact Stefan Funk,

GS Orient 09-10X-ray astrophysicsGreg Madejski, Steve Allen, Roger Romani, Roger Blandford, Stefan Funk, Hiro Tajima, Vahe Petrosian

X-ray data for celestial objects reveal extreme physics, but also allow us to use those objects to study cosmology

We use data from orbiting X-ray satellites: Chandra, XMM-Newton, Suzaku

Future: NuSTAR with Caltech in 2012, Astro-H with Japanese colleagues, 2015

Specific projects: how clusters of galaxies form and evolve?

How is energy released by matter falling into black holes?

NASAs, European and Japanese facilities

Solar Flares Clusters of Galaxies


Roger Blandford - Fermi TopicsMainly astrophysical theory:

Gamma ray emission by relativistic jets made by massive spinning black holes in galactic nuclei?Comparing 3D relativistic MHD simulations with observationsParticle acceleration and magnetic amplification at supernova remnantsMaking a self-consistent model of strong shockExplaining flares in the Crab NebulaNew approaches are needed to explain rapid variation Classical radiation reactionAstrophysical challenges are shedding new light on this old problem

Talk to Paul Simeon

Sarah Churchs Group Opportunities (1-2 rotators F, Sp)Inflation???Development of radio amplifiers for investigating:Inflation through polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (QUIET II, CHIP)Epoch of reionization through measurements of highly redshifted CO lines (large-format radio interferometer)Star formation history through molecular gas studies (Octopus at the Green Bank Telescope)Rotators participate in design tasks, prototype fabrication and testingIn the longer term, thesis projects will include deployment, data taking and analysisVisit our lab Varian 203/204 orstop by my office Varian 344Note: I am away winter 2012

Sarah Churchs group ( The Chajnantor Inflation Probe (CHIP)CHIPLarge format interferometer for CMB measurementsPrototyping underway with deployment expected 2011Possible rotation opportunities in instrument development leading to deployed experiment

GS Orient 11-15

Kuo Group: Superconducting Detectors for Cosmology and AstrophysicsR(T)Operating pointTransition Edge Sensor ThermometertemperatureabsorberCold bath (