Workshop on
"Timing & Spectroscopy: Wideband X-Ray Astronomy"

TIFR Balloon Facility, Hyderabad

January 12-14, 2016


India`s first dedicated multi-wavelength astronomy satellite, ASTROSAT was launched on 28th Sept. 2015. It has five science payloads which covers from X-ray to UV wavelength. The Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter (LAXPC) is one of the major payloads on ASTROSAT, which covers 3-80 keV energy range. The three LAXPC units on Astrosat have the largest effective area and sensitivity among all the satellite missions flown so far for X-ray astronomy studies above 20 KeV (about four times more than NASA`s PCA/RXTE). The LAXPC instrument became fully operational and had its first light on 19th October,2015. It is functioning normally and has achieved various specification parameters as proposed initially. First light results will be presented. This workshop will provide a gathering of experts as well as users of LAXPC data, across India as well as few experts from abroad to discuss the science capabilities of the LAXPC instrument.

Participation registration & Hotel booking dead line

December 25, 2015

          Astrosat image

This workshop will cover following topics:
  • First light results.
  • Science capabilities of LAXPC/ASTROSAT instrument.
  • Spectral and timing studies of Galactic blackhole X-ray binaries.
  • Spectral and timing studies of neutron star X-ray binaries.
  • Outburst evolution and radio emission in Galactic X-ray binaries.
  • AGN and Blazar studies.
  • Search of new X-ray transients and LAXPC scan.

This workshop is organised by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).

  • Participation is by invitation only.
  • The meeting will be organised around invited talks and reviews.
  • Travel grant maybe provided to a few Research Scholars, Postdoctoral Research Fellows and University Lecturers.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

J S Yadav (chair), H M Antia, V R Chitnis (TIFR, Mumbai),Biswajit Paul (RRI, Bangalore)