The 2011 X-ray Astronomy School

August 1 - 5, 2011
Chandra X-ray Center
Cambridge MA

There are currently five operating X-ray astronomy satellites, Chandra, RXTE, Swift, Suzaku, and XMM-Newton, in addition to the on-line archives from earlier missions. X-ray astronomy is thus an important resource for research in many topics in astrophysics. However, many astronomers have never analyzed X-ray data and do not have a clear idea of the methods and challenges involved.

The lectures emphasize the foundations of X-ray astronomy rather than any particular software tools. However, the school does include a hands-on component in which participants will analyze an X-ray dataset of their choice using the standard software.

By attending the X-ray Astronomy School, students will have the opportunity to learn from scientists who are actively participating in X-ray research and analysis. The School also allows the next generation of X-ray Astronomers to discuss their research interests with their colleagues and future collaborators.

There will be a free one-day workshop on the CIAO software package on 6 August 2011. Students attending the X-ray Astronomy School may choose to attend this workshop as well.

The school is organized jointly by the HEASARC at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Chandra X-ray Center.

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