Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Heavy Light: TeV Gamma Ray Astrophysics

Ken Ragan
McGill University

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
1:00 PM @ Stirling C

Abstract:

The TeV energy range is a privileged part of the EM spectrum for astrophysical observations, allowing a view of some of the most energetic processes in the Universe, in objects as diverse as supernova remnants and black-hole driven Active Galactic Nuclei. Driven by new instruments, TeV gamma-rays astrophysics has made enormous strides in recent years with the discovery of many new sources, including new classes of sources such as galactic micro-quasars. This talk will give an overview of the state of TeV gamma-ray astrophysics, including the air Cherenkov technique used by ground-based TeV gamma ray detectors, the new instruments in operation or coming on line soon, and some of the results already obtained.