Meeting Time and Format

The Astrophysics Seminar/Journal Club meets in 328 Gallalee Hall on:
1. Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30p.m. and
2. Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Anyone in the department may attend.

On Wednesday’s we participate in the live broadcast of colloquium talks hosted by NASA/AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute. The schedule for the talks is available here.

The Friday meeting consists of two segments:

  • 20-minute talk (+10 minute discussion)
  • article summary and discussion (5-10 minutes)

Volunteering for Article Summaries

Please send your articles to Dean and Jimmy. If your article is too old to be interesting, replace it!

Please propose articles that are fairly recent (within a few months or so), are of interest to you, and you feel you can digest and summarize well. Check out the list of previously presented articles.

Where to Find Articles

Schedule for Fall 2018



Date Talk (Speaker, Article) Summary (Speaker, Article)
8/31  Organizational meeting

Ron Buta: update on SN2017eaw

9/14 Colin Hancock

“Quantitative Analysis of Three-arm Spiral Galaxies”

Dean Townsley
Three Hypervelocity White Dwarfs in Gaia DR2: Evidence for Dynamically Driven Double-Degenerate Double-Detonation Type Ia Supernovae” Shen et al (arXiv:1804.11163)
9/28 Shahram Talei

“Dynamical tests of a new semi-analytic force in CoSANG”

10/5 (special 45-minute talk)

Amy Jones

“Studying extra-planar, diffuse ionized gas with stacked MaNGA galaxies”

10/12 Wenhao Li

“The MOSDEF Survey: AGN Identification, Selection Biases and Host Galaxy Properties”

10/19 Nirmal Baral

“Non-parametric morphological classification of galaxies and errors present”

Wenhao Li

“The MURALES survey. I. A dual AGN in the radio galaxy 3C459?”  Balmaverde et al (arXiv:1809.04083)

10/26 Fall Break
11/2 Sreetama Goswami

“Dissecting the region around IceCube-170922A: the blazar TXS 0506+056 as the first cosmic neutrino source” Padovani et al (arXiv:1807.04461)

Kavya Mukundan

“Spatially resolved star formation and metallicity profiles in post-merger galaxies from MaNGA”  Thorp et al. (arXiv:1810.00897)

11/9 Jacob Morgan

“Figuring Out Gas and Galaxies in Enzo (FOGGIE). I. Resolving Simulated Circumgalactic Absorption at 2 < z < 2.5” Peeples et al. (arXiv:1810.06566)

11/16 Kavya Mukundan

“The impact of bars and interactions on optically selected AGNs in spiral galaxies” Alonso et al. (arXiv:1808.05536)

Nirmal Baral

“Mildly Suppressed Star Formation in Central Regions of MaNGA Seyfert Galaxies” Bing et al. (arXiv:1810.00365)

Spencer Caldwell

“Double-Degenerate Carbon-Oxygen and Oxygen-Neon White Dwarf Mergers: A New Mechanism for Faint and Rapid Type Ia Supernovae” Kashyap et al. (arXiv:1811.00013)

11/23 Thanksgiving Break
11/30 Spencer Caldwell Jacob Morgan

Sreetama Goswami

12/7 Marcos Santander
Multimessenger observations of a flaring blazar coincident with high-energy neutrino IceCube-170922A2018 Science eaat1378
Neutrino emission from the direction of the blazar TXS 0506+056 prior to the IceCube-170922A alert2018 Science 361, 147
Colin Hancock

Shahram Talei

Archive of previously presented articles.