May 29, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Conference Center
US/Pacific timezone

NuSTAR and Super-Eddington Accretion onto Neutron Stars

May 31, 2018, 6:10 PM
North Foyer | Joshua Tree Room (Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Conference Center)

North Foyer | Joshua Tree Room

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Conference Center

44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210, USA


Dr Murray Brightman (Caltech)


The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is the first focusing X-ray telescope at hard energies in space. Since its launch in 2012, NuSTAR has opened up a sensitive new view on many energetic astrophysical phenomena, such as supernova explosions, black hole spin measurements and cosmic supermassive black hole accretion history. One of NuSTAR's main discoveries is that some bright X-ray sources in other galaxies, known as ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), long believed to be powered by black holes, were in fact powered by neutron stars. Some of these neutron stars were found to be radiating factors of 1,000 greater than the theoretical Eddington limit would allow, confounding theory. I will talk about the NuSTAR telescope, the discovery of neutron-star-powered ULXs, and a recent measurement of the magnetic field strength of one of these sources that has provided clues about how they radiate so powerfully.
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Collaboration name NuSTAR

Primary author

Dr Murray Brightman (Caltech)


Prof. Andrew Fabian (University of Cambridge) Dr Daniel Stern (JPL) Mr Didier Barret (IRAP) Dr Dominic Walton (University of Cambridge) Dr Felix Fuerst (ESAC) Prof. Fiona Harrison (Caltech) Dr Matteo Bachetti (INAF) Dr Matthew Middleton (University of Southampton)

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