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Join us for a rare opportunity to hear astrophysicists talk about the latest research in the fields of astronomy, physics, planetary geology and space exploration.

Upcoming lectures

3 March 2021

Unravelling Gigantic Structures in the Gamma-ray Sky

Dr Pooja Surajbali (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics)


The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) gamma-ray observatory, located in Mexico, is designed to detect signals generated from the most energetic electromagnetic waves which, in turn, were emitted by sources in the sky. In this talk, Dr Pooja Surajbali will present the development and application of novel data analysis and modelling techniques to observations from HAWC.  She will discuss how she used these data analysis tools to perform blind searches for extended structures in the very high-energy gamma-ray sky which culminated in the discovery of an exciting, previously unseen and mysterious region of gamma-ray emission.

Speaker bio

Dr Pooja Surajbali was born in Mauritius where she studied up to her Bachelor which was in Physics with minor in Astrophysics at the University of Mauritius. In 2014, she was awarded the State of Mauritius Postgraduate Scholarship to do a Masters in Astrophysics at University College London and then proceeded to do her Doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in association with the Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg. Her doctoral research involved the development of an array of sophisticated data analysis tools and their application to gamma-ray observations from the HAWC observatory. She is now a full-time postdoctoral researcher at MPIK.

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Where do these lectures take place?

Until further notice, our lectures will take place online via Zoom webinars.

When do these lectures take place?

Lectures will take place on selected Wednesday nights. Dates for the 2020/21 academic year are updated regularly.

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