Tom Maccarone

Maccarone on Astronomy Team that Discovers Brightest Pulsar Ever Recorded

Tom Maccarone, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, is a member of the astronomy research team that recently discovered the brightest pulsar ever recorded. This pulsar, no bigger than a city but burning with the intensity of 10 million suns, is a source of super-bright X-rays. Its discovery challenges existing theoretical models that say such intense X-rays are generated only by black holes. The Department of Physics is one of 16 departments in the College of Arts & Sciences.