Speaker: Prof. Joseph Gelfand, New York University
Title: Using Pulsar Wind Nebulae to Study Neutron Formation and Particle Acceleration
Date/Time: October 10th, Wednesday @ 14:40-15:30
Place: SUNUM building, room G111
A large majority of core-collapse supernovae are believed to produce a neutron stars, whose properties are determined in the progenitor explosion. The spin-down of this neutron star powers a relativistic electron / positron outflow in which particles are somehow accelerated to extremely high energies. This outflow inflates a pulsar wind nebula into its surroundings, whose properties are sensitive to the properties of the central neutron star, the pulsar wind, and its environment. In this talk, I will discuss how, by studying the properties of a pulsar wind nebula inside a supernova remnant, one can begin to understand the relationship between neutron stars and their progenitors as well as the acceleration mechanism in pulsar winds.
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