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Café & Kosmos 12 June 2012

Technology of the future for new X-ray telescopes

11 June 2012

with Dr. Anita Winter (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, MPE)

Cosmic X-rays give us important information about high-energy events happening in the Universe. But to observe this type of energetic radiation astronomers need to work with satellites equipped with powerful telescopes, whose mirrors consist of numerous concentric shells.

Traditional methods for manufacturing these shells led to heavy mirrors, which is a major restriction as they need to be launched into space. The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) has developed a new, special technique using glass panes, which results in significantly lighter mirrors and thus enables the construction of telescopes with larger collecting surfaces. On 12 June, Dr. Anita Winter (MPE) will discuss the opportunities and challenges that these new technologies are bringing.

Please note that the Café & Kosmos events take place in German.

What: Technology of the future for new X-ray telescopes
When: Wednesday, 12 June 2012, 19:00 until approximately 20:30
Where: Vereinsheim, Occamstr. 8, 80802 München, near Münchener Freiheit

Admission is free.

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Contacts

Olivier Hainaut
ESO
Karl Schwarzschildstr. 2
85748 Garching bei München
Tel: +49 89 3200 6752
Email: ohainaut@eso.org

Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle
MPI für extraterrestrische Physik
MPI für Astrophysik
Giessenbachstraße
85748 Garching
Tel: +49 (89) 30 000 3980
Email: hannelore.haemmerle@mpe.mpg.de

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Poster of Café & Kosmos 12 June 2012
Poster of Café & Kosmos 12 June 2012