Ever since the first time we could detect x-ray sources in space, we have been fascinated by the question of what could be generating such intense radiation. It turns out that accretion – particles falling towards a dense object like a black hole, neutron star, or white dwarf – is the main engine that produces x-rays. But the story doesn’t end there. Second-year PhD student Nabil Brice tells us more.
After the first hugely successful meeting at UEA last year, this year UCL will host the 2nd meeting of the SPINS-UK Consortium. MSSL has a particularly strong involvement with this event: Prof. Silvia Zane is one of the scientific organisers, whilst postdoc Ziri Younsi along with PhD students Nabil Brice and Tom Kimpson all on the local organising committee. In addition to an extensive programme of scientific talks covering a range of neutron-star related science, there will also be discussion to address Brexit and the impact on scientific research and a public lecture (http://www.spins-uk.net/public-lecture.html) on gravitational waves by Prof. Alberto Vecchio of the University of Birmingham.