Past Events

  • 2017 Mar 08

    ITC Pizza Lunch Adam Burrows (Princeton)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    The Multi-Dimensional Core-Collapse Supernova Mechanism


    Abstract:  Core-collapse supernovae have challenged theorists and computational science for half a century. Such explosions are the source of many of the heavy elements in the Universe and the birthplace of neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes. However, determining the mechanism of explosion remains the key goal of theory. Recently, there have been breakthroughs in understanding and simulating these explosions, and I will describe our recent calculations that lead to robust...

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  • 2017 Mar 06

    ITC Seminar - Benjamin Tofflemire (UW-Madison)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    Accretion Dynamics in Pre-Main Sequence Binaries

    Protoplanetary disks are integral to the formation of low-mass stars and planets. A paradigm for the star-disk interaction has been extensively developed in the case of single stars. Most stars, however, form in binary or higher order systems where the distribution of disk material and mass flows are more complex. Short-period, pre-main sequence (pre-MS) binary stars can have up to three accretion disks: two circumstellar disks and a circumbinary disk separated by a dynamically cleared gap. Theory suggests that orbital motion may...
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  • 2017 Mar 02

    ITC Luncheon March 2, 2017

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    * Philip Mocz (Harvard): "Quantum Turbulence in Bose-Einstein Condensate Dark Matter"
    * Laura Blecha (U Maryland): "Searching for Electromagnetic Signatures of GW Recoil"
    * James Guillochon (ITC): "Introducing MOSFiT: A Modular Open-Source Fitter for Transients"
    * Erik Curiel (BHI): "What Is the Einstein Field Equation, and Why Does it Matter for Quantum Gravity?"

     

  • 2017 Mar 02

    ITC Colloquium - Laura Blecha (U Maryland)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    Uncovering the Signatures of Obscured AGN in Mergers

    Galaxy mergers have long been implicated as drivers of supermassive black hole (BH) and galaxy co-evolution, but the relative importance of mergers for fueling active galactic nuclei (AGN) is still uncertain. In large part, the ongoing debate stems from strong selection effects that are inherent to empirical studies of the merger/AGN connection. The most luminous AGN are often obscured by dust in late-stage mergers; infrared (IR) and hard X-ray selected AGN are much more likely to be hosted in...

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  • 2017 Mar 01

    ITC Pizza Lunch - Luke Kelley (CfA)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    A Stochastic GW Background from Massive Black Hole Binaries

    Abstract:  I will present our models of MBH Binary (MBHB) evolution using the population of black holes and galaxies from the Illustris simulations.  Environmental hardening processes like dynamical friction and stellar scattering are required for most binaries to coalesce within a Hubble time.  These environmental effects reveal characteristic signatures on the resulting stochastic, Gravitational Wave Background (GWB).  Our recent results show the effects of both environment and eccentric evolution on...

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  • 2017 Feb 27

    ITC Seminar - Christopher Spalding (Caltech)

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

    A Primordial Origin for Extrasolar Stellar Obliquity and its Role in Sculpting the Kepler Dichotomy

    ABSTRACT: The Solar System planets possess orbital planes differing by only a few degrees, inspiring the centuries-old hypothesis that planets form in disks, with the Sun's spin axes misaligned by a further 6 degrees. Only very recently has it been possible to observationally determine whether extrasolar planetary architectures typically share this coplanarity. Through analysis of planetary transit data, it has emerged that many, mostly hotter, stars hosting hot Jupiters possess...

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  • 2017 Feb 23

    ITC Luncheon February 23, 2017

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Phillips

     

    * Casey Law (UC Berkeley): "The First Interferometric Localization of an FRB"
    * Lyndsay Fletcher (U of Glasgow): "EUV Line Spectroscopy and Non-thermal Ions in Solar Flares"
    * Deirdre Shoemaker (Georgia Tech): "Detecting IMBHs with Gravitational Waves"
    * Federico Marinacci (MIT): "First Results from the IllustrisTNG Simulations: Radio Haloes and Magnetic Fields"
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  • 2017 Feb 23

    ITC Colloquium - Deirdre Shoemaker (Georgia Tech)

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Pratt

    Numerical Relativity and the first Detection of Gravitational Waves

    Abstract: For decades, both the gravitational wave and numerical relativity communities have worked to prepare for the era of gravitational wave astronomy. With the first observation of two black holes merging (GW150914), the new era of gravitational wave astronomy has begun. I will present the role that numerical relativity played in the unveiling of the gravitational wave sky and anticipate how it might improve our understanding of astrophysics.

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