Illustrated diagram of the different components of POEMMA - the Probe of Extreme Multi-Messenger Astrophysics
Title:  “Space Observations for Ultrahigh Energy Astroparticles”
Speaker:  Angela Olinto, Professor, University of Chicago

When: Friday December 3rd, 2021 at 3 pm

Where: Zoom

Abstract:  What are the mysterious sources of the most energetic particles ever observed? What astrophysical sources produce very energetic neutrinos? How do particles interact at extreme energies? Building on the progress achieved by the ground-based observations we are developing space and sub-orbital missions to answer these questions. The Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO) on a super pressure balloon (SPB) is designed to detect ultrahigh energy astroparticles from above. EUSO-SPB1 flew in 2017 with a fluorescence telescope. EUSO-SPB2 is being built to observe both fluorescence and Cherenkov from ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) and neutrinos. These sub-orbital missions lead to POEMMA, the Probe Of Extreme Multi-Messenger Astrophysics, a space mission designed to discover the sources of UHECRs and to observe neutrinos above 20 PeV from energetic transient events. POEMMA will open new Multi-Messenger windows onto the most energetic events in the Universe, enabling the study of new astrophysics and particle physics at these extreme energies.