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Highlights of major physics conference in Washington, D.C.
Date:2/13/2010

ITY AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS

Novel nuclear physics applications range from detecting smuggled nuclear fuel to minimally invasive methods for monitoring radiation exposure to detecting pollutants on surfaces and in the environment. Session Y13 includes a number of nuclear physics innovations intended to keep us safe and healthy. (Session Y13, http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR10/SessionIndex2/?SessionEventID=115965)

5) POWERFUL EMISSIONS FROM MASSIVE GALAXIES

Giant lobes of radio galaxies are among the largest structures in the universe -- often extending into areas of space that are several orders of magnitude larger than the Milky Way. Astronomers first identified these massive structures by their radio wave emissions decades ago, and in recent years, several modern telescopes have detected higher-energy emissions from giant lobes, indicating that they are very efficient particle accelerators.

Lukasz Stawarz (KIPAC/SLAC, Stanford University) will present the current scientific understanding of the processes that take place in the giant lobes and lead to these high-energy emissions. In order to produce the observed X-ray and gamma-ray emissions, he says, particles within the lobes must be accelerated to extremely high, ultrarelativistic speeds. He will discuss the most recent observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Pierre Auger Observatory, and the Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope, including evidence that the lobes of nearby radio galaxies -- in particular the Centaurus A radio galaxy -- are the sources of the highest energy cosmic rays ever detected on Earth. (Talk H3.3, http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR10/Event/115161).

6) LASERFEST: CASCADE LASERS

LaserFest celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the invention of the laser this year with a series of pre
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Contact: Jason Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
301-209-3091
American Institute of Physics
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