"Physics in Neutron Star Magnetospheres"

Dr. Peter L. Gonthier
Hope College
Department of Physics

Noon, Thursday, March 20, 1997
John Deere Lecture Hall


Due to their millisecond rotational periods, teragauss magnetic fields, and compact sizes, neutron stars provide a unique laboratory for studying physical processes like photon magnetic pair production and magnetic photon splitting. Such high fields cannot be generated on Earth. The gamma-ray detectors on the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO) placed into orbit in 1991 probe high energy phenomena in the neutron star magnetospheres. These phenomena are studied through simulations.

Compton Gamma Ray Observatory

EGRET All-Sky Gamma Ray Survey Above 100 MeV