Past Events

  • 2019 Oct 31

    ITC Colloquium - Tom Millar (QUB)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    Light in the Darkness: The Role of UV Photons in the Circumstellar Envelopes of AGB Stars

     

    Abstract: As well as forming silicates and carbonaceous dust grains, the circumstellar envelopes (CSEs) of AGB stars are host to nearly 100 molecular species. The traditional paradigm – that these result from the interaction of a spherically-symmetric expanding wind with interstellar photons – is under strain from recent observations that show ‘unexpected’ molecules in the hot, inner layers of the CSE.  I will discuss some recent observations that indicate mass-loss...

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  • 2019 Oct 29

    ITC Seminar - Alexa Villaume (UCSC)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    Galactic Archeology of the Brightest Cluster Galaxy M87

     

    The galactocentric radial metallicity gradients of GC systems can be used to probe the assembly histories of galaxies but doing so is complicated by: 1.) a GC system is an aggregate population of several (or many) different subpopulations of different origins, and 2.) computing the gradients with respect to projected galactocentric distances can artificially flatten the gradient. I describe a hierarchical statistical framework measure the radial metallically gradients of the GC subpopulations and its...

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  • 2019 Oct 24

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips
    Tom McLeish (University of York)  “Interdisciplinary Investigation of a Medieval Mathematical Cosmology: the 13th century Big Bang Theory”

    Joel Parriott (AAS)  "Why You Should Care About OCO, NDD, BCA and Other Federal Budget Arcana”

    Michela Mapelli (INAF Padova)  “Supernova-driven extreme mass ratio inspirals”

    Hamsa Padmanabhan (CITA)  “Going beyond LCDM with HI intensity mapping”

  • 2019 Oct 24

    ITC Colloquium - Michela Mapelli (INAF Padova)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    Black hole demography in the era of gravitational-wave astronomy

     

    The era of gravitational-wave astronomy has just begun and the formation channels of binary black holes (BBHs) are one of its most debated questions. In my talk, I will discuss what we learned and what we still do not understand about the formation of black holes from the collapse of massive stars, focusing on the impact of pair instability and stellar rotation. Based on novel population-synthesis calculations, I will show that massive binary stars can evolve into BBHs with total mass up to ~130...

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  • 2019 Oct 17

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips
    Ashley Villar (CfA)   "A Semisupervised Approach to Supernova Classification and Anomaly Detection”

    Grant Kennedy (Warwick)     “A circumbinary protoplanetary disk in a polar configuration”

    Ruth Angus (AMNH)     "Stellar rotation with TESS”

    Alain Dupas    “Space macroengineering and the future of humankind”
  • 2019 Oct 17

    ITC Colloquium - Ruth Angus (AMNH)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    The ages of stars

    Stellar ages are critical to understanding the formation history of the Milky Way and the evolution of planetary systems,

    but the ages of stars are extremely difficult to measure. In this talk I will discuss recent advances in dating main

    sequence stars, particularly in the field of gyrochronology (rotation-dating). I will also describe methodology used to

    combine different dating methods, and how combining information can improve the precision and accuracy of stellar

    ages and all stellar parameters....

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  • 2019 Oct 10

    ITC Colloquium - Rachel Somerville (Flatiron)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    "Think Globally Act Locally: overcoming the multiscale challenge of modeling galaxy formation"
     

    Understanding how galaxies form and evolve in a cosmological context is one of the grand challenges in astrophysics. Galaxies are probes of cosmology, and are the hosts for stars, planets, interstellar gas, and black holes. Galaxies are shaped by the formation of large scale structure, driven on cosmological scales of Mpc and above, but may also be shaped by processes occurring on scales as much as nine orders of magnitude smaller, those of individual stars and...

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  • 2019 Oct 08

    ITC Seminar: Ivanna Escala (Caltech)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips
    First Alpha and Iron Element Abundances in the Outer Disk, Giant Stellar Stream, and Inner Halo of Andromeda
     
    Measurements of chemical abundances ([Fe/H] and [alpha/Fe]) in individual stars can probe the formation history of a galaxy. In contrast to the Milky Way, relatively little is known about [alpha/Fe] of individual...
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