Plenary Event
X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Particle Technologies Plenary
22 August 2022 • 4:30 PM - 5:25 PM PDT | Conv. Ctr. Room 6A 
Session Chairs: Ralph B. James, Savannah River National Lab. (United States); Ali M. Khounsary, Illinois Institute of Technology (United States)

4:30 PM - 4:35 PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

4:35 PM - 5:15 PM: Toward new frontiers: Encounters and synergies with state-of-the-art astronomical X-ray detectors

Tadayuki Takahashi, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)

Research toward profound scientific goals of answering fundamental questions about the universe has led to highly advanced detectors in terms of sensitivity. Today, the new key technologies in X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy are hard X-ray imagers and multi-pixel superconducting micro calorimeters. In addition, the efforts to fill the “MeV sensitivity gap” are driving new developments in Compton gamma-ray telescopes. We seek to link these detector technologies to various research fields such as atomic physics, cancer research, and element analysis. This talk presents some of the achievements through our interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Tadayuki Takahashi is a professor at Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU). Before coming to Kavli IPMU, he was at JAXA/ISAS. He was deeply involved in developing hard X-ray detectors onboard Japanese X-ray satellites such as Suzaku and ASTRO-H (Hitomi). In parallel with research in high-energy astrophysics, he organizes at Kavli IPMU interdisciplinary activities to develop advanced instruments to address urgent research topics of medicine, such as cancer research. In 2017, he was awarded the IEEE Glenn F. Knoll Radiation Instrumentation Outstanding Achievement Award (NPSS).

5:15 PM - 5:25 PM: Q&A