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Talk: “New uses for VERITAS: Asteroids and Aliens”
VERIRAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) is a ground-based gamma-ray instrument operating at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) in southern Arizona, USA. It is an array of four 12m optical reflectors for gamma-ray astronomy in the GeV – TeV energy range. These imaging Cherenkov telescopes are deployed such that they have the highest sensitivity in the VHE energy band (50 GeV – 50 TeV), with maximum sensitivity from 100 GeV to 10 TeV. This fascinating talk will discuss the varied uses for this amazing observatory.

Speaker: Dr. Mark Lang (NUIG)
Dr. Lang completed a BSc in Experimental Physics in UCD in 1987 after which he joined David Fegan’s High Energy Astrophysics Group at UCD.  Harvard-Smithsonian pre-doctoral fellow (1988-90), working for Trevor Weekes. Obtained a PhD from UCD in 1991.  In 1992 he joined the Physics staff at NUI Galway, appointed College Lecturer in 1996 and Senior Lecturer in 2009.  Elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2010.  Head of the School of Physics from 2009-13.  President’s Teaching Award 2013-14. Union of Students in Ireland/National Forum for Teaching & Learning “Teaching Hero” 2014.  He was Chair of the Institute of Physics Ireland 2015-17.  Visiting Scientist at the Whipple Observatory in Arizona on regular occasions over the last 25 years. Member of the VERITAS gamma-ray astronomy collaboration.

All are welcome and we look forward to your company.