2016 - 2017 Astro Seminar Schedule

DateEvent TypeSpeakerTitle
09/23/2016Astro SeminarAshley ZaudererObservational Signatures of Tidal Disruption Events: Are Jets and Radio Emission Ubiquitous? [ + Description ]
09/30/2016Astro SeminarZoltan HaimanRapid Formation of the First Supermassive Black Holes [ + Description ]
10/07/2016Astro SeminarPeter GarnavichThe Earliest Hours of Supernovae with Kepler/K2 [ -- Description ]

Description: The first hours of a supernova explosion can provide valuable information on the size of the progenitor stars, the temperature of a shock breakout and even the existence of a companion star. But most supernova searches return to the same fields after several days, meaning the critical early observations are often missed. KEGS - the Kepler ExtraGalactic Survey- has monitored thousands of galaxies with the original Kepler and the extended K2 missions using an unprecedented 30 minute cadence. While Kepler is a small telescope it was designed for precise photometry to detect planet transits. This precision allows us to study transients with magnitudes as faint as 21 in the Kepler system. We have discovered several events with light curves consistent with type Ia supernovae, type IIP supernovae and one type IIn explosion. We have developed a ground-based detection and follow-up program complicated by the K2 pointing requirements. NASA is planning a possible dedicated supernova campaign for one of its final fields. (2:00 PM, Meyer 5th Fl. CCPP Lounge)
10/21/2016Astro SeminarRachel SommervilleThe impact of AGN driven winds on galaxy quenching, morphology, and structure [ + Description ]
11/04/2016Astro SeminarAdrian LiuThe Past, Present, and Future of 21cm Cosmology [ + Description ]
11/11/2016Astro SeminarPieter van DokkumExploring the low surface brightness sky with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array [ + Description ]
11/18/2016Astro SeminarJo BovyStellar streams and fundamental physics [ + Description ]
12/02/2016Astro SeminarSjoert van VelzenNew ways to study the tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes [ + Description ]
01/23/2017Astro SeminarMaryam ModjazStellar Forensics with the Most Powerful Explosions in the Universe [ + Description ]
01/27/2017Big Apple ColloquiumHiranya PeirisTowards Fundamental Physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background [ + Description ]
02/03/2017Astro SeminarPhilipp MoestaModeling the most powerful explosions in 3D [ + Description ]
02/10/2017Astro SeminarBenoit CotéConnecting Nuclear Astrophysics to Cosmological Structure Formation with Galactic Chemical Evolution [ + Description ]
02/17/2017Astro SeminarOr GraurRage against the dying of the light: what can we learn from three-year-old supernovae? [ + Description ]
03/10/2017Astro SeminarAna BonacaThe Milky Way halo in the Gaia era [ + Description ]
03/17/2017Astro Seminarn/ano astro seminar -- Spring Break [ + Description ]
03/24/2017Astro Seminarn/ano astro seminar -- prospective graduate student day [ + Description ]
03/31/2017Astro SeminarEmanuele CastorinaCosmology with Neutral Hydrogen [ + Description ]
04/07/2017Astro SeminarColin HillNew Information in Ancient Photons: Novel Approaches to CMB Secondary Anisotropies [ + Description ]
04/14/2017Astro SeminarRuth AngusUnlocking stellar ages with Gaia: prospects for galactic archaeology and exoplanet populations [ + Description ]
04/21/2017Astro SeminarEliot QuataertThe Surprisingly Dynamic Last Years in the Lives of Massive Stars [ + Description ]
04/28/2017Astro SeminarAndy HowellA new window into supernovae and their progenitors with Las Cumbres Observatory [ + Description ]
05/19/2017Astro SeminarAbigail PolinModeling Sub-Chandrasekhar Mass White Dwarf Explosions [ + Description ]