Thermonuclear bursts in Japan
This June I visited Niigata, Japan for the
14th Nuclei in the Cosmos meeting. This
biennial gathering attracts a mix of nuclear experimentalists, modelers,
and astrophysicists. I presented a poster on our thermonuclear burst
Following the meeting I stopped by RIKEN in Tokyo, where members of the MAXI instrument team were the very generous hosts of a meeting of our International Space Science Institute international team. The Monitor of All-Sky X-ray Image (MAXI) instrument, deployed on NASA's International Space Station, has been continuously monitoring the X-ray sky for several years, and has detected many rare, long-duration thermonuclear bursts, as well as transient outbursts of known and new sources.