||Yuhan Presents at AAS Press Conference
||Graduate student Yuhan Yao presents her work on source AT2020mrf via a AAS press conference! Here is a link to a recording of her presentation!
||Myles Rotates Out of HEAG
||As part of his rotational grad program, Myles Sherman has rotated out of our group. We wish him the best of luck in his new position with Professor Vikram Ravi and his research group!
||Renee's Paper is Accepted for Publication!
||Postdoc Renee Ludlam's new paper, Radius Constraints from Reflection Modeling of Cygnus X-2 with NuSTAR and NICER, has been accepted for publication by ApJ. Hooray!
||NuSTAR Cycle 8 proposals due
||This is a guide for NuSTAR Cycle 8 Proposers!
||Sean's Paper is Accepted for Publication!
||Grad student Sean Pike's new paper, MAXI and NuSTAR observations of the faint X-ray transient MAXI J1848-015 in the GLIMPSE-C01 Cluster, has been accepted for publication by ApJ! Sean says "We used NuSTAR to study the spectrum of a newly discovered X-ray source in the GLIMPSE-C01 cluster and found that despite being relatively dim, the source is a black hole accreting material at very high temperatures — around 10 million Kelvin. By looking at radiation reflected off of the accretion disk, we were able to probe the region near the black hole. We found evidence that the innermost edge of the disk moved outward as the source got dimmer. We also found that the black hole has a very high spin parameter, meaning that it drags the space around it in a circular motion."
||Hannah's Paper is Published!
||Staff Scientist Hannah Earnshaw's new paper, Reconstruction of the NuSTAR point spread function using single-laser metrology, details a contingency method for calculating the NuSTAR mast aspect solution in the potential event of the loss of one of the metrology lasers. Always great to be prepared!
||JPL Press Release about NuSTAR's Observations of Jupiter!
||Observations from NuSTAR have revealed the highest-energy light ever detected from Jupiter!
||McKinley's paper gets a JPL Press Release!
||Postdoc McKinley Brumback's paper on monitoring long term behaviors in the accreting pulsar SMC X-1 with NuSTAR's Stray Light has been published in ApJ. This paper got both a JPL Press Release and an Astrobites write-up! Congratulations McKinley!
||Hannah wins Best Paper in Track!
||Staff Scientist Hannah Earnshaw presented their work on contingencies for the NuSTAR metrology laser system at the IEEE Aerospace Conference on 6 March 2022, and won a Best Paper In Track award for the Observation Systems and Technologies Track.
||Thomas wins a poster competition!
||Congratulations to Thomas Connor, who received an award for Best Astrophysics Poster at the 2021 JPL Postdoc Poster contest. At today's ceremony, he presented his work to an audience including Interim Director General Larry James and JPL Chief Scientist Mark Simons. Photos and a recording of the event are available online. Excellent work, Thomas, and congratulations!
||Murray's paper is Accepted for Publication!
||Staff scientist Murray Brightman's paper on absorption lines in a hyperluminous X-ray source in NGC 4045 was accepted for publication in ApJ. You can read the accepted version on arXiv here. Congratulations Murray!
||Labani's paper is Accepted for Publication!
||Postdoc Labani Mallick's new paper on high-density reflection in low mass AGN was accepted for publication in MNRAS. The paper was written up on ScienceX and was featured on the XMM Newton Home Page. Congratulations Labani!
||NuSTAR 2022 Conference - Early Registration Deadline
||Click here for information about our upcoming NuSTAR Science Conference in Sardinia! Register by April 15 for early-bird registration rates.
||McKinley gets a job!
||Postdoc McKinley Brumback has accepted an offer for a postdoctoral position at the University of Michigan, starting in September 2022. Congratulations McKinley!
||Riley gets a job!
||Postdoc Riley Connors has accepted an offer for a postdoctoral position at Villanova University with Prof. Joey Neilsen. Congratulations Riley!
||Brian gives von Kármán Lecture
||Mission Scientist Brian Grefenstette spoke as part of JPL's von Kármán lecture series about NuSTAR and its contributions to high energy astronomy. Watch the recording of the lecture here. Well done Brian!
||Happy 10th Birthday NuSTAR!
||Ten years ago today, NuSTAR successfully launched into orbit and became the first observatory to focus high energy X-rays, opening the door to new exploration of high energy phenomena. We are so proud of NuSTAR's spectacular performance and look forward to more exciting science in the years to come. Learn more about NuSTAR by reading this JPL press release and download a beautiful poster made to commemorate the occasion.
||Welcome Summer Students!
||Summer truly begins with the arrival of our SURF and WAVE summer students. This group of undergraduates, both from Caltech and from schools around the world, will work with postdocs and staff scientists on exciting astrophysics research projects.
||Hannah's paper is accepted for publication!
||Staff Scientist Hannah Earnshaw's paper, titled "The variability behavior of NGC 925 ULX-3," has been accepted for publication in ApJ. You can read the full paper here. Congratulations Hannah!
||Ten Years of NuSTAR Conference
||Our Caltech group is helping to organize the "Ten Years of NuSTAR" conference in Cagliari, Italy. We cannot wait to see you in beautiful Cagliari and hear about your recent NuSTAR science.
||Renee's paper is accepted for publication!
||Postdoc Renee Ludlam's paper, titled " StrayCats II: An Updated Catalog of NuSTAR Stray Light Observations," has been accepted for publication in ApJ. You can read the full paper here, and learn more about the StrayCats project on their website! Congratulations Renee!
||Margaret's paper is accepted for publication!
||Postdoc Margaret Lazzarini's paper on measuring the star formation history in the Triangulum Galaxy has been accepted for publication in ApJ. You can read the full paper here, or check out the awesome Astrobites article on the paper instead! Congratulations Margaret!
||Riley's paper is accepted for publication!
||Postdoc Riley Connors' paper, titled "The long-stable hard state of XTE J1752-223 and the disk truncation dilemma," has been accepted for publication in ApJ. You can read the full paper here. Congratulations Riley!
||Sean successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis!
||Graduate student Sean Pike successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations Dr. Pike!
||Brian gives public lecture
||Staff scientist Brian Grefenstette gave a public lecture to the Night Sky Network about NuSTAR and the exciting X-ray science it has covered in its 10 years of operation. Read more about the talk and watch the recording here!
||Amruta does virtual science outreach
||Postdoc Amruta Jaodand is passionate about promoting science with a focus on inspiring students from diverse, traditionally under-represented background. She has presented many public lectures, organised star gazing nights and for the last two years has been dedicating time to visit schools virtually or in person through Skype a Scientist Initiative. This week she 'visited' a school in Wandin, Australia to talk about various topics such as pulsars, space telescopes such as NuSTAR and growing need for coding and computational resources in astronomy analysis. There were 2 classroom of very excited students in age groups of 10-14. The virtual Q&A after talk lasted almost an hour, and ended with the students giving the 'Live Long and Prosper' sign.
||Summer Seminar Day
||Summer Seminar Day marks the end of the project for most of our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows. Our SURFs gave excellent poster and oral presentations of their final projects. Thank you for a wonderful summer of science, SURFs, and best of luck with your next year of school!
||Gullo's paper is accepted for publication!
||Postdoc Gullo Mastroserio's paper on the high energy X-ray spectrum of Cyg X-1 with NuSTAR stray light and INTEGRAL has been accepted for publication in ApJ. Congratulations Gullo!
||Dr. Oluwashina (Shina) Adegoke joins the HEA Group
||Shina joins us from Afe Babalola University in Nigeria as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Shina!
||Murray finds an X-ray transient in a nearby galaxy
||Staff Scientist Murray Brightman found a new X-ray source in the galaxy NGC 7793 that had never been detected before. He reported on it in an Astronomer's Telegram.
||Hannah gives a talk to science educators
||Staff Scientist Hannah Earnshaw gave a talk about NuSTAR to NASA's Universe of Learning to celebrate 10 years of NuSTAR!
||Dr. Peter Boorman joins the HEA Group
||Peter joins us from Czech Academy of Sciences in Czechia as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Peter!
||Dr. Ed Nathan joins the HEA Group
||Ed joins us from Oxford University in the UK as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Ed!
||Murray gets follow-up observations of the X-ray transient he found
||Staff Scientist Murray Brightman got observations of the new X-ray source he found in the galaxy NGC 7793 with Swift, NuSTAR and Chandra which revealed it to be a new ultraluminous X-ray source. He reported on it in an Astronomer's Telegram.
||Margaret goes observing to Keck on the Big Island of Hawaii
||This week postdoc Margaret Lazzarini went to Hawaii to observe on the Keck Telescopes. She used the DEIMOS spectrograph on Keck II to get optical spectra of companion stars in high mass X-ray binary systems in nearby galaxies Andromeda (M31) and Triangulum (M33).
||Amruta travels to Texas and Michigan to talk about her work
||This week postdoc Amruta Jaodand presented her latest work on the discovery of UV millisecond pulsations in transitional millisecond pulsars in a colloquium at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a seminar at Wayne State University. She also spoke with PhD and undergraduate students and advised them on applying for postdocs including in the HEA group.
||Yuhan's work is published in Nature
||Graduate student Yuhan Yao was involved in a study of the tidal disruption event AT 2022cmc that was published in Nature this week. Congratulations Yuhan!
||The HEA Group gets a visit from Dr. Mike Koss of Eurika Scientific
||Friend of the HEA Group Mike Koss visited this week and have a presentation on his work on NuSTAR observations of Swift/BAT selected AGN.
||Brian and Hiro's paper is published
||NuSTAR Scientists Brian Grefenstette and Hiro Miyasaka have a new paper out in the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) describing the NuSTAR background.
||Fiona gives a talk at the University of Michigan
||NuSTAR PI and HEA Group leader Professor Fiona Harrison traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan this week to give the Mohler Prize lecture on The Science of NuSTAR.
||Yuhan gets NICER Cycle 5 observations
||Graduate student Yuhan Yao has been awarded observations with NASA's Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer Mission (NICER) in their Cycle 5 call for proposals. She proposed for NICER+NuSTAR observations of two tidal disruption events. Congratulations Yuhan!
||Peter gives a talk at the Torus 2022 workshop
||Postdoc Peter Boorman gave a talk on the NuSTAR Local AGN NH Distribution Survey (NuLANDS) at the TORUS 2022 workshop in Leiden in the Netherlands. The conference discussed the latest in modelling and observations of the circum-nuclear region surrounding AGN, as well as plans for future ground-and space-based missions.
||Yuhan's work is highlighted in a JPL press release
||Graduate student Yuhan Yao’s results on the tidal disruption event AT2021ehb were highlighted in a JPL press release. Congratulations Yuhan!