"Exploring New Directions in Gamma Ray Astrophysics with COSI"
Speaker: Steve Boggs (UCSD)
The Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) wide-field gamma-ray telescope (0.2-5 MeV) is designed to probe the origins of Galactic positrons, uncover sites of nucleosynthesis in the Galaxy, and perform pioneering studies of gamma-ray polarization. COSI is the first science payload designed to fly on NASA’s 18 MCF superpressure balloon. COSI underwent a successful 46-day science flight in 2016, the first science payload to launch from New Zealand. I will discuss the science goals and status of results of COSI, the technological advances of the instrument, future goals for the COSI program, and the potential of NASA’s superpressure balloon program.
Parking: You may park in the Regents Drive Parking Garage located directly across from the Physical Sciences Complex. Look for the green Pay Station Parking signs and park in any numbered lot. Please use parking code 883-62693 for this event. This parking code is good for 05/01/17 only.