Time Resolved Spectroscopy of Cygnus X-3 or How I Spent My Time in Boston

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Date/Time:Friday, 12 Feb 2010 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:3 Physics Hall
Contact:Dr. Charles Kerton
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Bert Pablo, Iowa State University

Cygnus X-3 is a very unusual high mass x-ray binary which consists of a Wolf-Rayet star and a compact object. Despite this fact, it has many of the qualities of a low mass system. This system is very well known so its continued study shows us how complicated the system must be. One of the more interesting ways to explore this system is through spectroscopy. For this reason I looked at multiple spectra taken with the Chandra X-ray observatory. In this talk I will first address the spectral line identification. Then I will move on to discuss some interesting spectral analysis techniques like Dynamic Spectra and Doppler Tomography, which to the best of my knowledge have never been attempted in X-ray wavelengths.