Past Events

  • 2017 Sep 21

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips Auditorium

     

    Guido Risaliti (Arcetri): "X-ray spectroscopy of AGNs: can we really measure black hole spins?"

    Manasvi Lingam (ITC): "Impact and Mitigation Strategy for Future Solar Flares"

    Emily Rauscher (UMich): "Creating the Perfect Map of an Exoplanet"

    Hsin-Yu Chen (BHI): "Advanced LIGO-Virgo observing scenario and localization"

     

  • 2017 Sep 19

    9/19 ITC Seminar - Mattia di Mauro (Stanford)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips Auditorium

    "Characterizing the population of pulsars in the Galactic bulge with the Fermi Large Area Telescope"
     

    ABSTRACT: Several groups have demonstrated the existence of an excess in the gamma-ray emission around the Galactic Center (GC) with respect to the predictions from a variety of Galactic Interstellar Emission Models (GIEMs) and point source catalogs. The origin of this excess, peaked at a few GeV, is still under debate. A possible interpretation is that it comes from a population of unresolved Millisecond Pulsars (MSPs) in the Galactic bulge. We investigate the...

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  • 2017 Sep 18

    ITC Seminar: Akimasa Kataoka (NAO Japan)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips Auditorium

    "ALMA polarization of HL Tau - investigating the planet formation"

    Abstract:  Constraining the grain size in protoplanetary disks is a key to understanding the first stage of planet formation. The grain size has been estimated by measuring the spectral index at millimeter wavelengths, while it has huge uncertainties. We have proposed that millimeter-wave polarization is another method to constrain the grain size. We show that thermal dust emission is scattered off of other dust grains and the residual polarization is up to 2.5 %, which is detectable with ALMA. This self-...

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  • 2017 Sep 14

    ITC Luncheon

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips Auditorium

    * Adam Rubin (Weizmann): "Observations of Young Supernovae and New Instruments to Study Them"

    * Zhaohuan Zhu (UNLV): "The Observables of Circumplanetary Disks"

    * Jennifer Johnson (Ohio): "Elemental Abundances in M Dwarf Planet Hosts  & Implications for Rocky Planet  Dynamics"

    * Piero Rosati (University of Ferrara): "“Towards High-Precision Strong Lensing Modelling”

  • 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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