Past Events

  • 2017 Sep 14

    ITC Colloquium Zhaohuan Zhu (UNLV)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt
    Title:  Probing Young Planets in Protoplanetary Disks: Theory Confronts Observations

    Abstract:  Recently commissioned telescopes and instruments (e.g., Subaru, GPI, VLA, ALMA, EVLA) are now finally able to resolve the protoplanetary disk down to the AU scale, and a rich variety of disk features have been revealed: gaps, large scale disk asymmetry, and spiral arms. To confront these observations, theoretical models need to be developed so that we can use observations to constrain the physics of disk structure and planet formation. In the talk, I will summarize our recent...

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  • 2017 Sep 07

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips Auditorium
    * Pierre Christian (Harvard): "Testing the Black Hole No-Hair Theorem with Electromagnetic Fields"
    * Sukanya Chakrabarti (RIT): "Is the Vast Polar Structure of Dwarf Galaxies A Serious Problem for Lambda CDM?"
    * Wystan Benbow (CfA): “Recent Highlights from the VERITAS AGN Observation Program”...
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  • 2017 Aug 24

    ITC Special Seminar: Bing Zhang (UNLV)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    "Charged compact star mergers, fast radio bursts, and relativistic astronomy"

    Abstract: I will discuss three topics. First, I will discuss the effect of the charge of a compact object in binary compact star mergers (BH-BH, NS-BH & NS-NS) and argue that a likely outcome is a short duration electromagnetic counterpart (with slight delay) coinciding with the gravitational wave chirp signal, either in the form of a short GRB if the charge is large enough, or more likely in the form of a fast radio burst (FRB). Next, I will provide some personal views on the origin of...

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  • 2017 May 11

    ITC Colloquium - Ken Shen

    10:40am

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    "A Paradigm Shift for Type Ia Supernova Progenitors"

    Abstract:  The study of Type Ia supernova (SN Ia) progenitors has undergone a paradigm shift in the past decade.  Evidence countering the standard "single degenerate" scenario has mounted to the point that most researchers in the field believe it cannot be responsible for all or even the majority of SNe Ia.  In this talk, I will lay out the evidence constraining SN Ia progenitor scenarios and describe a promising alternative theory in which the merger of two white dwarfs leads to a helium...

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  • 2017 May 04

    ITC Luncheon May 4, 2017

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    * Keto prize winner Philip Mocz (ITC):  Integer lattice dynamics for Vlasov-Poisson

    * Duncan Lorimer (WVU): "The Galactic Population of Pulsar Black Hole Binaries"

    * Annalisa Pillepich (MPIA): "Introducing the IllustrisTNG Project"

    * Sihan (Sandy) Yuan (ITC): "Using Galaxy Pairs to Investigate the Three-point Correlation Function in the Squeezed Limit"

     

  • 2017 May 03

    ITC Pizza Lunch - David Shoemaker (MIT)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    "LISA: A spaceborne gravitational wave observatory"
     
    Abstract:
    The concept of putting a gravitational-wave detector in space, using lasers to measure fluctuations in the space-time between satellites, was first discussed just 2 years after the ground-based program got its first start. LISA is planned to launch in the early 2030’s, and while the path has been both long and indirect, there is significant momentum now for a mission that will deliver great astrophysics. The technology and tests of it, the science we expect to generate, and the...
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  • 2017 Apr 27

    ITC Luncheon April 27, 2017

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    * Xiangcheng Ma (Caltech): ""Simulating Galaxies in the Reionizatoon Era with Realistic Feedback"

    * Kevin Heng (CSH): “Exoplanetary Atmospheres: Theoretical Concepts and Foundations”

    * Reinout van Weeren (CfA): "Hunting for AGN Fossil Radio Plasma with LOFAR"

    * Azadeh Moradinezhad (Harvard): “Signatures of Extra Particles During Inflation on Clustering Statistics of Galaxies”

     

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