Meeting Time and Format
The Astrophysics Seminar/Journal Club meets in 338 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 first talk this Fall is on September 6th, 2017.
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 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
- astro-ph on arXiv: “the firehose,” raw and unfettered
- The Astrophysical Journal: the main U.S. journal for astrophysics
- The Astrophysical Journal: Letters: short articles selected to highlight topics of broad interest
- The Astronomical Journal: complement of ApJ with slightly more observation-oriented content
- Astronomy and Astrophysics: main European journal, letters section at the beginning of each issue, each issue sectioned by topic (not all topics appear in each issue)
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: main British journal, also has a letters section.
- Astroparticle Physics: some IceCube results are published here, also a good place for dark matter and cosmic ray work
- Physical Review D: broader scope — this is the Physical Review section that includes particle astrophysics and cosmology
Schedule for Spring 2018
|Date||Talk (Speaker, Article)||Summary (Speaker, Article)|
Two Recent Improvements in CoSANG
Colormaps for data display
Rainbows are bad
Good color mapping
Useful stuff for matplotlib
|2/16||Career panel discussion (2:15-3:30, in GL 223)|
“Quantitative Analysis of Three-armed Spiral Galaxies”
Poststarburst Galaxies based on IFU Observation
| Jeremy Bailin
An absorption profile centred at 78 megahertz in the sky-averaged spectrum Bowman et al. 2018 Nature 555, 67Preethi Nair
Update on portable planetarium.
Population Synthesis of Cataclysmic Variables
Goliasch and Nelson 2015, ApJ, 809, 80
|3/16||No event (spring break)|
|3/23|| Kavya Mukundan
Normal black holes in bulge-less galaxies: the largely quiescent, merger-free growth of black holes over cosmic time
Self-consistent semi-analytic models of the first stars Visbal, Haiman, Bryan 2018MNRAS.475.5246V
|4/6||No event (honors day)|
Improving galaxy morphologies for SDSS with Deep Learning
Archive of previously presented articles.