Past Events

  • 2022 May 05

    ITC Colloquium - Paola Caselli (MPIEP)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Wolbach
    "The calm before the storm: from clouds to protoplanetary disks"

    Abstract: All the ingredients to form stars, planets and life are to be found in dense and cold interstellar clouds called pre-stellar cores. At these early stages of star formation, organic molecules thrive and dust grains grow thick icy mantles, where water and organics accumulate. Molecules are unique diagnostic tools for these regions.

    Knowledge of the chemical and physical structure of pre-stellar cores is needed to provide the initial conditions in the process of star and planet formation.  This...

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  • 2022 Apr 28

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    Rohan Naidu, "The First Glimpse of the First Galaxies with the James Webb Space Telescope"

    Mila Chadayammuri, “Testing galaxy evolution models with the first profiles of the X-ray CGM”

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  • 2022 Apr 28

    ITC Colloquium - Shri Kulkarni (Caltech)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom
    "The far ultra-violet background"

    The diffuse far-ultraviolet (FUV) background has received considerable attention from astronomers since the seventies. The initial impetus came from the hope of detecting UV radiation from the hot intergalactic medium. The central importance of the FUV background to the physics (heating and ionization) of the diffuse atomic phases motivated the next generation of experiments.  The consensus view is that the diffuse FUV emission at high latitudes has three components: stellar FUV reflected by dust grains (diffuse... Read more about ITC Colloquium - Shri Kulkarni (Caltech)
  • 2022 Apr 21

    ITC Colloquium - Emanuele Castorina (University of Milano)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    "Testing the equivalence principle in the dark sector"


    The equivalence between the inertial and gravitational mass is built-in the formulation of General Relativity as the curvature of space time. In the visible sector, the equivalence principle has been tested with extraordinary precision, but very little is known about the presence of long range fifth forces in the dark sector. In this talk I will describe how we can use cosmological data to test whether dark matter violates the equivalence principle. The Universe itself will act as a scale that measures if dark matter...

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  • 2022 Apr 14

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips
  • 2022 Apr 14

    ITC Colloquium - Ken Van Tilburg (Flatiron)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    "Stellar Basins of Gravitationally Bound Particles"


    I will describe the phenomenology of stellar basins: volumetric stellar emission into gravitationally bound orbits of weakly coupled particles such as axions, moduli, hidden photons, and fermions. While only a tiny fraction of the instantaneous luminosity of a star (the vast majority of the emission is into relativistic modes), the continual injection of these particles into a small part of phase space causes them to accumulate over astrophysically long time scales, forming a "stellar basin", in analogy with the geologic...

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  • 2022 Apr 07

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    Diana Powell (Hubble), "Depletion of gaseous CO in protoplanetary disks via surface-energy-regulated ice formation"

    David Hernandez (MPC Fellow), "Stepsize errors in the N-body problem: discerning Mercury’s true possible long-term orbits"

    Rahul Kannan (ITC), "Probing reionization with multi-tracer line intensity mapping"


    ITC Luncheons are sponsored by a generous donation from ITC Senior Member Dr. Eric Keto.

  • 2022 Apr 07

    ITC Colloquium - Tamara Bogdanovic (Georgia Tech)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    "From Kiloparsec Scales to a Merger: Properties of Dual AGNs that Become Gravitational Wave Sources"

    Observational searches for dual active galactic nuclei (AGNs) at kiloparsec separations are crucial for understanding the role of galaxy mergers in the evolution of galaxies. In addition, kiloparsec-scale dual AGNs are the parent population of merging massive black hole (MBH) binaries. In this talk I will describe our recent efforts to quantify the observational properties of dual AGNs that are most likely to result in MBH mergers and emission of gravitational waves. I will...

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