Daniela Hikari Yano '23 used data from both the Fermi-LAT satellite and the VERITAS telescopes to study blazars, extremely powerful astrophysical objects powered by a black hole! She performed temporal and spectral analyses for a sample of bright TeV blazars using Bayesian blocks to define periods with steady flux and accounting for the absorption effect from the extragalactic background light (EBL). She presented her results at Undergraduate research session of the April 2022 meeting of the American Physical Society.
Successfully running a telescope array such as VERITAS, or building a new cutting-edge prototype such as the pSCT, is not an easy job. It requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work that not always gets a "refereed" recognition such as a publication in a peer-reviewed journal. For this reason, the VERITAS and now the pSCT collaboration yearly awards two outstanding contribution prizes to a graduate student and a postdoctoral researcher that performed critical service work enabling the science output of both telescopes.
Professor Reshmi Mukherjee co-chairing the CDY initiative for understanding the Physics of the Extreme Accelerators in our Universe
The Columbia-DIAS-Yale (CDY) Initiative 2021 is a series of seminars/meetings established by Columbia University (New York), Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Dublin), and Yale University (New Haven). The initiative will sponsor several activities: a series of introductory lectures on current topics (remotely in 2021), biennial summer schools (for PhD students and early career researchers), focused mini-workshops, and joint research projects. The first summer school is planned for 2022 in Dublin, and subsequently in the New York area.