Physics at Virginia

"Detecting Cosmic Messengers with Antarctic Balloon Flights "

Eun-Suk Seo , University of Maryland
[Host: Seunghun Lee]
Cosmic rays bring us information about physical processes that accelerate particles to relativistic energies, the effects of those particles in driving dynamical processes in our Galaxy, and the distribution of matter and fields in interstellar space. These cosmic messengers can far exceed the energies produced by man-made particle accelerators on Earth. Balloon-borne instruments configured with particle detectors are flown in Antarctica to study cosmic-ray origin, acceleration and propagation. They are also used to explore a possible supernova acceleration limit and to search for exotic sources such as dark matter and antimatter. Our on-going efforts with balloon-borne experiments will be presented and challenges of extending precision measurements to highest energy practical will be discussed.
Friday, October 3, 2008
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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