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Fermi Telescope Probes New Gamma-only Pulsars
Workshop: Science Drivers for Hard X-ray Upgrades to LCLS
Colloquium Today: Energy Storage for a Sustainable Future—Revolution or Evolution?

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Monday - July 6, 2009

Fermi Telescope Probes New Gamma-only Pulsars

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This all-sky map shows the positions and names of 16 new pulsars (yellow) and eight millisecond pulsars (magenta) studied using Fermi's LAT. (Image: NASA.)

After only one year of operation, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has already outperformed researchers' best expectations. In two papers published in the July 2 edition of Science Express, the researchers reported a new class of pulsar and evidence that helps explain how gamma-ray emission occurs.

The team examined 300 sites of gamma-ray radiation for the study, using data collected by FGST's Large Area Telescope between August 2008 and January 2009 along with data collected by a predecessor, the Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope. Within these sites they were able to identify 16 new gamma-ray only pulsars.  Read more...

Workshop: Science Drivers for Hard X-ray Upgrades to LCLS

The Linac Coherent Light Source has had a dramatic startup at its shortest wavelength (1.5 Å), reaching saturation on April 14, 2009 with 1.1 mJ per pulse energy (see P. Emma's paper at PAC 2009). This is the baseline performance, but there is room for more. The LCLS team has scheduled a workshop July 29-31 to discuss the scientific opportunities that near-term options for enhanced performance will enable as well as the science drivers for the long-term development of LCLS. The workshop will be an opportunity for the broad scientific community to interact with the LCLS team and free-electron laser physicists to investigate what is wanted and where the science of LCLS might go. The format will allow for significant discussion amongst participants.

For details and registration, please visit the event Web site.

Colloquium Today: Energy Storage for a Sustainable Future—Revolution or Evolution?

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Today at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, renewable energy expert Ilan Gur will present a general introduction to battery technology and a comprehensive overview of challenges and opportunities shaping the development of battery solutions for electric vehicles and large scale renewable energy storage.

Gur holds a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focused on the creation and integration of nanostructured materials for the development of ultra low-cost solar cells. His work at Berkeley led to key scientific contributions which have served as a basis for Solexant, a startup aimed at enabling grid-parity thin film photovoltaics. Turning his attention from energy generation to storage, Gur co-founded and now serves on the executive team at Seeo, a venture backed company developing a new generation of lithium batteries. He has developed and co-taught graduate courses on the technologies and markets of photovoltaics and advanced batteries. He works passionately to develop, promote, and commercialize clean energy technologies that realize the incredible potential for novel materials to shape our energy future.

The colloquium is free and open to all.


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