AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 103. HEAD II: New Directions in X-Ray Astronomy
Special, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 2:00-3:30pm, 6AB

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[103.02] Nucleosynthesis, Pulsars, Cosmic Rays and Shock Physics: High Energy Studies of Supernova Remnants with Chandra and XMM-Newton

J.P. Hughes (Rutgers University)

In the few years since they were launched, Chandra and XMM-Newton have opened a new window on studies of supernova remnants (SNRs). Significant new insights have been obtained in a number of key areas of SNR research, including the core collapse process in massive stars, nucleosynthesis, the acceleration of cosmic rays, and the physics of high-Mach-number collisionless shocks. In addition a number of new isolated pulsars in SNRs have been discovered and important new constraints on the surface temperatures of pulsars have led to the apparent need for exotic cooling processes in young neutron stars. This talk will highlight as many of these new results as time permits.

SNR research at Rutgers is currently supported by Chandra grants GO1-2052X and GO2-3070X, and XMM-Newton grants NAG5-9927 and NAG5-9990.

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