2017 - 2018 Astro Seminar Schedule

DateEvent TypeSpeakerTitle
09/08/2017Astro SeminarMarcel SchmittfullFundamental physics from the nonlinear Universe [ + Description ]
09/15/2017Astro SeminarNicholas BattagliaLarge-Scale Structure Information Encoded in CMB Photons [ + Description ]
09/22/2017Astro SeminarVivian PoulinCosmological signatures of exotic electromagnetic energy injection [ + Description ]
09/29/2017Astro SeminarTjitske StarkenburgThe diverse history of counterrotating galaxies [ + Description ]
10/06/2017Astro SeminarMansi KasliwalThe Dynamic Infrared Sky [ -- Description ]

Description: The dynamic infrared sky is hitherto largely unexplored. I will present the SPitzer InfraRed Intensive Transients Survey (SPIRITS) −−− a five-year systematic search of 194 nearby galaxies within 30 Mpc, on timescales ranging between a week to a year, to a depth of 20 mag with Spitzer's IRAC camera. SPIRITS has already uncovered over 137 explosive transients and over 2400 strong variables. Of these, 72 infrared transients are especially interesting as they have no optical counterparts whatsoever even with deep limits from Keck and HST. Interpretation of these new discoveries may include (i) the birth of massive binaries that drive shocks in their molecular cloud, (ii) stellar mergers with dusty winds, (iii) 8--10 solar mass stars experiencing e-capture induced collapse in their cores, (iv) enshrouded supernovae, or (v) formation of stellar mass black holes. SPIRITS reveals that the infrared sky is not just as dynamic as the optical sky; it also provides access to unique, elusive signatures in stellar astrophysics. I conclude with my plans of building a wide-field infrared imager dedicated to opening the infrared time-domain. (11:00 AM, 726 Broadway, 940, CCPP Seminar)
10/20/2017Astro SeminarJulie ComerfordAGN Fueling and Feedback in Galaxies [ + Description ]
10/27/2017Astro SeminarRenee HlozekNew cosmology with small-scale CMB data: ultra light dark matter, isocurvature and cosmic voids [ + Description ]
11/03/2017Astro SeminarJames PeeblesA Tale of Two Theories: Missing Mass in 1980 and Galaxy Formation Today [ + Description ]
11/10/2017Astro SeminarMatias ZaldarriagaThe spin of the black holes detected by LIGO [ + Description ]
11/17/2017Astro SeminarSarah PearsonThe Milky Way’s Galactic bar can punch holes in stellar streams [ + Description ]
12/01/2017Astro SeminarVera GluscevicTBA (Theoretical Cosmology) [ + Description ]
12/08/2017Astro SeminarIlsedore CleevesTBA (planetary astronomy) [ + Description ]
01/19/2018Astro Seminar[none]No seminar this week; competing event at Flatiron CCA [ + Description ]
02/09/2018Astro SeminarJackie FahertyTBA (low-mass stars) [ + Description ]
04/13/2018Astro SeminarChris HaywardTBA (galaxy formation) [ + Description ]