27 September 2010 to 1 October 2010
CSIR Convention Centre
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Astrophysical Masers

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CSIR Convention Centre

CSIR Convention Centre

CSIR, Pretoria
Presentation Track D1 - Astrophysics


Dr Michael Gaylard (HartRAO)


The laser was invented 50 years ago, but it was preceded six years earlier by the maser - stimulated emission at microwave frequencies - invented by Charles Townes and colleagues. Although it was not known at the time, nature had beaten them to it. Naturally produced masers are found in space, the first being discovered in 1965 by Weaver and colleagues. These masers occur in clouds of gas and dust in which stars are forming, in clouds around some evolved stars, and near the nuclei of certain galaxies. I shall briefly review natural masers and describe some of the current research that makes use of their properties.

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Dr Michael Gaylard (HartRAO)

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