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(Aug. 8) High-energy emission from novae

Last updated :2018-08-02

Topic: High-energy emission from novae
Speaker: Dr. Kwan-lok Li
(Michigan State University)
Invited by: Associate Professor P. H. Thomas Tam (School of Physics and Astronomy, Sun Yat-sen University)
Time: 15:00-16:00, Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Location: Room 107, Red House 17, Zhuhai Campus, SYSU

Novae are huge explosions on white dwarfs when sufficient materials are accreted on the surfaces. While the mechanism is rather simple, novae in the real world can be actually more complex than we expect. In this talk, I will show you several unique nova systems to demonstrate how extreme they could be. In addition, I will present the latest results from our group regarding gamma-ray emitting novae, which greatly improve our understanding on the crucial role that shocks play in powering nova emission and accelerating relativistic particles.

Speaker's CV:
Ph.D., Institute of Astronomy, Taiwan Tsing Hua University, 2011-2015 Adviser: Albert K. H. Kong Thesis Title: Luminous Transients in the X-ray Universe M.Phil., Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong, 2009-2011 Adviser: Chun Shing Jason Pun Thesis Title: Study of X-Ray Supernovae and Supersoft / Quasisoft X-Ray Sources with an Automated Source Search Program B.Sc., Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong, 2006-2008