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"16 Years of Discovery with RXTE"
Symposium Agenda

March 29 & 30, 2012 at Goddard Space Flight Center

Here is the agenda for the "16 Years of Discovery with RXTE" Symposium. For more information on events celebrating the RXTE mission, see our "16 Years of Discovery with RXTE: A Celebration of the Mission" Web page".


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Note: All talks are 15 minutes (12 min. talk + 3 min. for questions).

Note: for most of the talks below you can download a file containing the presentation. If the presentation is available, a link appears after the talk title giving the file format of the presentation. (Eg., if a talk called "My Presentation" is available as a power point file, it will be listed as "My Presentation (ppt)" where "ppt" is a hyperlink to the power point file containing the presentation.) We cannot convert files from one format to another for you - what's available is the talk in the format the presenter gave to us.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

9:15AM - 11:00AM

Tod Strohmayer (5 min.) Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: Pulsars and Magnetars
Chair: Strohmayer

Al Levine The RXTE All-Sky Monitor in Context (pdf)
Chryssa Kouveliotou RXTE and Magnetars: A unique story of success (ppt)
Fotis Gavriil RXTE's Contribution to the Study of Magnetars and High Magnetic Field Rotation-Powered Pulsars
Eric Gotthelf Young Pulsars Discovered using RXTE (key)
Frank Marshall RXTE Observations of An Extraordinary Pulsar in the LMC (pptx)
Robin Corbet HMXB X-ray Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds and The Galaxy (pdf)

11:00AM - 11:30AM Coffee

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Session 2 : The Versatile PCA
Chair: Strohmayer

Will Zhang Some Untold Stories of the PCA (pdf)
Mike Corcoran Observing Winds in Collision with RXTE (ppt)
Craig Markwardt Measuring the Cosmic X-ray Background With RXTE Using Lunar Occultation (ppt)
Kent Wood RXTE Observations of Lunar Occultations of the Crab Nebula (ppt)

12:30PM - 1:45PM Lunch

1:45PM - 3:15PM

Session 3: Black Holes (I)
Chair: Marshall

Keith Jahoda PCA calibration and Related Science (pptx)
Tomaso Belloni Black-Hole Transients: the unique Rossi XTE legacy (pdf)
Jon Miller RXTE and Disk Reflection in Black Holes (pdf)
Nikolai Shaposhnikov Black Hole QPOs Phase Delays (pptx)
Mike Nowak My Three Favorite Black Holes: How RXTE Observations of Them Still Haunt My Dreams (key)
John Tomsick The "Help Save RXTE!" Campaigns and Catching a Giant Radio Flare from Cyg X-3 with RXTE and Fermi (pptx)

3:15PM - 3:45PM Coffee

3:45PM - 5:15PM

Session 4: AGN, Neutron Stars (I) and CVs
Chair: Swank

Ian McHardy The crucial role of RXTE in understanding AGN X-Ray variability (pdf)
David Paneque AGN blazar, multiwavelength campaigns (pdf)
Alex Markowitz Multi-Time Scale Spectral Variability of AGN (pdf)
Rick Rothschild Observational aspects of cyclotron lines (pptx)
Jeoren Homan A new ranking scheme for neutron-star low-mass X-ray binaries (pdf)
Koji Mukai RXTE Observations of Cataclysmic Variables and Symbiotic Stars (pptx

5:30PM Banquet, GSFC Rec. Center

Friday, March 30, 2012

9:15AM - 10:30AM

Session 5: Neutron Stars (II)
Chair: Markwardt

Michiel van der Klis Millisecond timing: intentions & outcomes
M. Coleman Miller The Implications of kHz QPOs (pdf)
Manuel Linares Thermonuclear burning on rapidly accreting neutron stars: RXTE's legacy and recent discoveries (pdf)
Fred Lamb Implications of High-Precision RXTE Measurements of Thermonuclear X-ray Burst Spectra
Deepto Chakrabarty Accreting Millisecond Pulsars and RXTE (pdf)

10:30AM - 11:15AM Coffee

11:15AM - 12:30PM

Session 6: Black Holes (II), and a Crab
Chair: Tomsick

Colleen Wilson-Hodge When a Standard Candle Flickers: Crab Nebula Variations in Hard X-rays (ppt)
Ron Remillard RXTE Pursuit of Variability and X-ray States, plus a Few Fun Memories (ppt)
Jeff McClintock Black Hole Spin
Diego Altamirano IGR J17091-3624: the last treasure discovered with RXTE (pdf)
Katja Pottschmidt Cygnus X-1 as seen by RXTE: on the edge (of transition) (pdf)

End of Symposium


  1. Title: The optical ephemeris and X-ray variability of 4U 1735-44 (V926 Sco)
    Authors: A.B. Giles & K.M. Hill, University of Tasmania, School of Mathematics and Physics, Tasmania, Australia

  2. Title: The RXTE AGN survey
    Author: Elizabeth Rivers (CASS, University of California, San Diego)

  3. Title: The Advanced X-ray Timing Array (AXTAR)
    Authors: Paul S. Ray (NRL), Deepto Chakrabarty (MIT), Colleen A. Wilson-Hodge (MSFC), Bernard F. Phlips (NRL), Ronald A. Remillard (MIT), Alan M. Levine (MIT), Kent S. Wood (NRL), Michael T. Wolff (NRL), and the AXTAR Collaboration

  4. Title: The Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT): An ESA M-class Mission Concept
    Authors: Paul S. Ray (NRL) for the LOFT Collaboration

  5. Title: Eta Carinae: The influence of RXTE light curves on HST/STIS and ground-based monitoring
    Author: Ted Gull (NASA/GSFC)

  6. Title: Timing X-Ray Eclipses in EXO0748-676: The RXTE Legacy
    Authors: M.T. Wolff (NRL), P.L. Hertz (NASA), P.S. Ray (NRL), and K.S. Wood (NRL)

  7. Title: Diskosiesmology Confronts Black Hole Spin
    Author: Bob Wagoner (Stanford University)

  8. Title: 16 years of monitoring the Crab and B1509-58 pulsars
    Authors: Arnold Rots (Harvard/Smithsonian CfA) & Keith Jahoda (NASA/GSFC)

  9. Title: "Every second week for fourteen years: RXTE and friends observe Cygnus X-1"
    Authors: Victoria Grinberg (Remeis Observatory & ECAP, Bamberg, Germany), Katja Pottschmidt, Moritz Boeck, Joern Wilms, Michael A. Nowak, Farid Rahoui, Paolo Coppi, John E. Davis, Manfred Hanke, Sebastian Heinz, Dean C. Hines, Julia C. Lee, Dipankar Maitra, Sera B. Markoff, Guy G. Pooley, Jerome Rodriguez, Richard E. Rothschild, Slawomir Suchy, Frank Tramper, Sarah N. Trowbridge, Philip Uttley

PCA Transients / Galatic Light Show computer simulation of a superburst explosion

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