Past Events

  • 2019 Sep 12

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    Edo Berger (CfA)
     “A brief overview on the recent LIGO detection of a candidate black hole-neutron star binary."

    Vadim Semenov (CfA)
    “The origin of inefficient star formation in galaxies”

    Sera Merkoff (University of Amsterdam)
    “An additional component to the Galactic cosmic-ray spectrum?”

    Emily Levesque (UW)
    “Rotation and Mass Loss in Luminous Blue Variables”

    Sebastian Gomez (ITC)
    “SN2016iet: A pair-instability supernova candidate, peculiar in every way”

  • 2019 Sep 12

    ITC Colloquium - Emily Levesque (UW)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    Title: Red Supergiants: New Perspectives on Dying Stars

    Abstract: Red supergiants (RSGs) are the helium-fusing descendants of moderately massive (10-25Mo) stars. As the coldest and largest (in physical size) members of the massive star population, these evolved stars serve as ideal "magnifying glasses" for scrutinizing our current understanding of massive stars and their role as supernova progenitors. RSGs are the observationally-confirmed progenitors of Type II-P, an intermediate evolutionary phase in the lifetimes of some stripped-envelope SN progenitors, and a crucial step...

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  • 2019 Sep 05

    ITC Colloquium - Mercedes Lopez-Morales (CfA)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    "The Path to Detecting Molecular Oxygen in Exoplanets"

    We are just at the doorsteps of discovering the first potentially earth-like planet. Once discovered, those planets will immediately become the focus of detailed atmospheric characterization. Molecules such as H2O, CH4, CO, or CO2 will be best searched for from space. Molecules such as O2 and O3, on the other hand, will be harder to detect. This talk will highlight ongoing and future work centered around optimizing the search for O2 in earth-like planets around nearby stars using high-resolution, doppler velocity...

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  • 2019 Aug 08

    ITC Special Seminar - Laura Sales (UC Riverside)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt
    Dwarf Galaxies and their Dark Matter Content


    Dwarf galaxies are extremely diverse in their morphology, from rotationally-supported star-forming disks to gas-free spheroidal stellar systems with no star-formation and negligible rotation.  They are also believed to be the most dark matter dominated objects within the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (LCDM) model and, as such, they pose the most significant challenges to our cosmological scenario.  LCDM galaxy formation models make two clear predictions: i) galaxy formation should become increasingly inefficient in lower mass halos,... Read more about ITC Special Seminar - Laura Sales (UC Riverside)
  • 2019 May 15

    ITC Special Seminar - Rhondale Tso (Caltech)

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips
    "Enhancements and Improved Tests of Relativity with Multi-band GW Observations "

    Abstract:   As LIGO continues its third observing run, the added gravitational wave (GW) events provide the promise of further tests of general relativity (GR). In the future the early inspiral of a select number of stellar mass black-hole binaries, like GW150914, will be detectable at low frequencies (10-100 mHz) by the upcoming LISA space mission. Multi-band GW astronomy is a promising avenue for improved tests of GR, both in the weak-field regime and its propagation, constraints on eccentricity...

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  • 2019 May 09

    ITC Colloquium - Gil Holder (Illinois)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    "Particle Physics & Astrophysics with Wide Field mm-Wave Surveys"

    Abstract: There have now been several generations of wide-field mm-wave surveys, with several ongoing and upcoming very ambitious projects. We have already learned a great deal about the early universe and put strong constraints on particle physics extensions to the standard model, also collecting large catalogs of strong gravitational lens systems and massive clusters of galaxies, and learning a great deal about the growth of large scale structure in the universe. Ongoing and future experiments will...

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  • 2019 May 02

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips
    1. Andrew Chael and Lehman H. Garrison (Harvard)
    2. Steve Finkelstein (UT Austin)
    3. Mike Line (ASU)
    4. Thiem Hoang (KASI)
    1. Keto Prize Talks
    2. The Start of HETDEX: the Hobby Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment
    3. Brown Dwarf Abundances
    4. Discovery of a New Destruction Mechanism for Cosmic Dust and Implications in Astrophysics...
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