Thursday, April 03, 2008

The Astronomers - Dr Adam Hill

Dr Adam Hill is a supervisor on the 'Design in Gamma-Ray Astronomy' course at the University of Tenerife, La Laguna which I have been invited to observe.

completed a PhD on ´Surveying the Gamma-ray sky INTEGRAL' in 2006 at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton, and is now a research fellow. He is continuing his work on the INTEGRAL survey specifically focussing on high mass X-ray binaries and the timing/variability properties of the survey sources. Adam is looking at X-Ray 'flashes' from neutron stars and using the information to gain a better understanding of the star systems that they are located in.

A neutron star is formed from the collapsed remnant of a massive star. It's thought that they are comprised mostly from neutrons - which are particles found in the neucleus of atoms. Neutron stars are small - approximately 20km in diameter and very dense. A tea-spoon full of a neutron star -on earth- would weigh a million tonnes. (Gosh!)


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