NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft, launched in June of 2012, uses technology developed in part by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to take pictures of the sky in the most energetic X-rays ever to be focused. NuSTAR is performing ground-breaking observations of some of the most energetic and enigmatic objects including black holes and the remnants of stellar explosions. We will talk about the innovative technology at the heart of NuSTAR as well as discuss some of the exciting science results from the first few months of NuSTAR's mission.

Speaker Bios

Dr.Michael Pivovaroff

Michael Pivovaroff earned a B.A. in physics from UC Berkeley in 1993 and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 2000.  For his thesis, he developed instrumentation for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and studied the X-ray emission from neutron stars.  He joined the staff at LLNL in 2004 and has devoted much of his research to developing X-ray optics for a wide range of applications, including astrophysics, nuclear medicine and non-proliferation.  Currently, he is the Associate Program Leader for Space Systems and Enabling Technologies and an Associate Division Leader in Physics, where he leads the Applied Physics section.

William Craig

William Craig is an astrophysicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory. He has been involved with developing new technology to build telescopes to focus X-rays for over 20 years.  He is the Payload Manager on the NuSTAR telescope, a NASA mission which launched in June 2012.  His science interests are in the remnants of supernovae, the explosions that mark the end of the life of giant stars.

Tom Shefler

Granada High School

Mr. Shefler received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and applied mathematics from Western Michigan University in 1997 and a Master of Arts degree in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. While at Berkeley, he researched analyzed and cataloged Hubble Space Telescope images of galaxies, observational research involved in the detection and study of extrasolar planets, and discovered Supernova 1998DT while working with the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope team. During his graduate studies he fell in love with teaching and entered the teaching profession in 2002.