Past Events

  • 2017 Apr 06

    ITC Luncheon April 6, 2017

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    * Dong Lai (Cornell): “Missing Kepler Multi’s: How External Companion Influences Multi-Planet Systems”

    * Natalie Batalha (NASA Ames Research Center): "Transiting Exoplanets with JWST: Community Efforts for Early Release Science"

    * Vikram Ravi (Caltech): "An FRB Localization Machine"

    * Peter Blanchard (CfA): "A Tidal Disruption Event in a Narrow-line Seyfert 1 Galaxy"

  • 2017 Apr 06

    ITC Colloquium - Dong Lai (Cornell)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

     

    "Circumbinary Accretion: From Supermassive Binary Black Holes to Circumbinary Planets"
     
    Circumbinary disks have been observed in a number of young stellar systems, and are the birth place for circumbinary planets found by the Kepler misssion. They are also expected to exist around supermassive black hole binaries as a consequence of accretion from the interstellar medium following galaxy mergers. I will discuss recent works on numerical modeling of circumbinary accretion, focusing short-...
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  • 2017 Apr 05

    ITC Pizza Lunch Lisa Barsotti (MIT)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    Beyond Advanced LIGO: the future of ground based observations
     
    Abstract: Advanced LIGO started the era of gravitational wave astronomy during its first observing run, O1, in 2015. Since then, the international gravitational wave community has been making plans to define the future of ground based gravitational wave observations. In this talk I will discuss current ideas for extending the astrophysical reach of ground based gravitational wave detectors up to a factor 10-20 beyond Advanced LIGO.

     

  • 2017 Mar 30

    ITC Luncheon March 30, 2017

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

     
    Dimitrios Psaltis (Arizona): "Linking Tests of Gravity on All Scales: from the Strong-field Regime to Cosmology"
    Scott Gaudi (OSU): "The Habitable Exoplanet Imaging Mission"
    Jay Strader (Michigan State University): "Gamma-Ray Loud Compact Binaries and the Origin of Millisecond Pulsars"
    David Neufeld (JHU): "Discovery to Terahertz Water Masers"

     

  • 2017 Mar 30

    ITC Colloquium - Scott Gaudi (Ohio State)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    "The KELT Transit Survey: Hot Planets around Hot, Bright Stars" 

     

    ABSTRACT: The KELT Transit Survey consists of a pair of small-aperture, wide-angle automated telescope located at Winer Observatory in Sonoita, Arizona and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland, South Africa. Together, they are surveying roughly 60% of the sky for transiting planets. By virtue of their small apertures (42 mm) and large fields-of-view (26 degrees x 26 degrees), KELT is most sensitive to hot Jupiters transiting relatively bright (V~8-11), and thus relatively hot...

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  • 2017 Mar 29

    ITC Pizza Lunch Edo Berger (Harvard)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    "The Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Sources"

    Abstract: The combined study of gravitational wave and electromagnetic signals from compact object mergers can provide unique insight that is not accessible through each technique alone.  I will review expected EM counterparts of compact object mergers, motivated both by existing observations of short gamma-ray bursts, as well as theoretical considerations.  I will also highlight the observational challenges of finding such counterparts in the large localization regions of gravitational wave sources

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  • 2017 Mar 23

    ITC Luncheon March 23, 2017

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    * Alice Shapley (UCLA): "The Search for Ionizing Radiation from Galaxies at High Redshift"
    * Smadar Naoz (UCLA): "Gas-rich Objects: Who Needs Dark Matter Anyway?"
    * Rakesh Yadav (CfA): "First Principle Modeling of Magnetic Field Generation in M-stars"
    * Cecilia Garraffo (CfA): "Proxima b and TRAPPIST-1: Check the Space Weather Before Packing"

     

  • 2017 Mar 22

    ITC Pizza Lunch Scott Hughes (MIT)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    Gravitational waves from binary systems
     
    Abstract: I will review the basic physics of gravitational wave emission from binary systems, describing how the characteristics of a binary get imprinted on its gravitational waves, and thus how measuring these waves teaches us about the binary.  I will describe briefly the techniques which are used to model binary systems, providing an introduction to active research programs in binary gravitational-wave source modeling.

     

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