You are here

Tomohiko Narita

Physics Department

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Physics

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Fields: Experimental astrophysics — observations of low-mass X-ray binaries; development of X-ray satellite instrumentation.

• CV (PDF) »

Email: tnarita@holycross.edu
Office Phone: 508-793-2503
Office: Haberlin 109
Lab:
PO Box: 143A

Research

My research is in the field of experimental high energy X-ray astrophysics. High energy astrophysics studies the evolution of stars and galaxies by detecting and deciphering their emission of energetic particles and radiation. X-rays and gamma-rays are the most energetic forms of radiation. They are produced in unique environments such as supernova explosions and the immediate vicinity of black holes. The emissions can tell us what is happening in these extreme environments which are impossible to duplicate on Earth. 

I am particularly interested in building semiconductor radiation detectors and using these efficient detectors to study how X-rays and gamma-rays are produced around black holes and neutron stars. 

Many Holy Cross students have participated in the experimental and analysis work in my lab.

Courses

  • General Physics 1, 2
  • General Physics Laboratory
  • Electronics
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Introduction to Astrophysics

Physics course descriptions in the Holy Cross College Catalog>