OAS-Bologna, in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Bologna (DIFA), organizes combined seminars/laboratories, investigating a broad range of astronomical systems through detection and analysis of their X-ray emission and other radiation they emit.
The laboratory runs for two weeks (18-29 November 2019). Students, working in small groups, are introduced to the current problematics of supermassive black holes in order to contextualize their X-ray data analysis exercises. The X-ray laboratory offers also the opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the basic instrumentation tools of modern X-ray astronomy. Test and calibration of hard X-ray detectors are conducted by the students under the supervision of OAS-Bo instructors. At the end of the tutorial, students summarize the laboratory experience in a power-point presentation organized as a professional communication to an Astrophysical Conference.
X-ray Lab is part of the Astrophysics Laboratory course of DIFA Bologna.
Image credit: Dana Berry (Skyworks Digital): Lead Animator NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center