SPEAKER: Dr. Norbert Werner
Astrophysicist, KAVLI Institute for Astrophysics and Cosmology
TOPIC: The Beating Hearts of Galaxies
TIME: 8:00pm September 5, 2014
WHERE: The CSM Planetarium Bldg 36, Parking Lot 5
. Free and open to the public
Dr. Werner will talk about his research into supermassive black holes and the cosmic web. He will show us observations, which reveal how the enormous amounts of energy released when matter falls into supermassive black holes helped to sculpt the galaxies and the surrounding large scale structure of the Universe. Within the context of this talk he will also introduce X-ray space telescopes including the upcoming ASTRO-H mission scheduled for launch in 2015.
Dr Werner is an astrophysicist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University. You can also often find him at the Japanese Space Agency (ISAS/JAXA) near Tokyo where, next to his everyday research, he is helping to prepare the initial observing program for the upcoming Japanese-US Astro-H satellite. He arrived at KIPAC in 2008 as an Einstein/Chandra Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Before he came to sunny California he was awarded a Marie Curie training fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, and did his PhD at SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, in the rainy but magically beautiful city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He spent his undergraduate years at the Safarik University in Kosice in his home country of Slovakia.