26 October, Leicester - Great Explosions

26 October, Leicester - Great Explosions

Postby Graham Southorn » Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:33 pm

This just received from the University of Leicester:

[size=3][b]Great Explosions[/b][/size]

Professorial inaugural lecture by Professor Richard Willingale on Tuesday 26 October

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Willingale, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Leicester, will describe his encounters with the really great explosions in the Universe.

Professor Willingale said: “Explosions are not only destructive but, paradoxically, also constructive. The really big explosions in the Universe are a copious source of X- rays. By studying the X-ray emission from violent events at great distances and from past epochs we can learn about the processes that shaped the Universe as we know it.”

The X-ray and Observational Astronomy Research Group along with the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester work in close collaboration with space agencies across the World; ESA in Europe, NASA in the USA and JAXA in Japan, and they have been involved in the design, manufacture, testing and astronomical data analysis for all the big astronomical X-ray observatories flown to date.

Many of the observations made by these X-ray telescopes are targeted at massive explosions and the aftermath of such events.

Professor Willingale is an active research physicist with interests in astronomical data analysis techniques, X-ray instrumentation design and testing, X-ray optics, computational physics, supernova remnants and the interstellar medium and has published many papers in these areas.

Because of his interest in a wide variety of subjects, Professor Willingale is a member of the X-ray and observational astronomy and Space instrumentation groups at the university.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 26 October, at 5.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Ken Edwards building. It is free and open to the public.

A reception will follow at 6.30pm in the Park Side Lounge on the fifth floor of the Charles Wilson Building.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact inaugural@le.ac.uk[size=3][/size]
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