Meeting Time and Format

During Fall and Spring terms, the Astrophysics Seminar/Journal Club meets in 338 Gallalee Hall on:
1. Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:00p.m. and
2. Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Anyone in the department may attend.

During Summer, we are meeting via Zoom during our normal Friday time.  Please contact one of the organizers for the Zoom meeting information and to be added to the notifications email list.

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.

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

Topics for Fall 2020

Date Talk (Speaker, Article) Summary (Speaker, Article)
8/28 Greeting new grads
9/04 Preethi Nair

“Characterizing AGN triggering mechanisms using detailed galaxy morphologies”

Shahram Talei

“The SAGA Survey. II. Building a Statistical Sample of Satellite Systems around Milky Way-like Galaxies” Mao et al. (arXiv:2008.12783)

9/11 Ava Ghadimi

“Search for high-energy neutrinos from Galactic magnetars”

9/18 Sreetama Goswami

“Phosphine Gas in the Cloud Decks of Venus” Greaves et al. (arXiv:2009.06593)

Sam Boos

“A Giant Planet Candidate Transiting a White Dwarf” Vanderburg et al. (arXiv: 2009.07282)

9/25 Sreetama Goswami

“Correlation between optical and γ-ray flux variations in bright flat spectrum radio quasars” Rajput, Stalin, Sahayanathan (arXiv:2009.02055)

10/02 Bill Keel

“(Galaxy) Zoo Gems”

10/09 Sam Boos

“2D Simulations of Double Detonation Type Ia Supernovae”

Jacob Morgan

“Resolving small-scale cold circumgalactic gas in TNG50” Nelson et al. (arXiv:2005.09654)

10/16 Wenhao Li

“The LoTSS view of radio AGN in the local Universe — The most massive galaxies are always switched on” Sabater et al. (arXiv:1811.05528)

Anna Parul

“Quantifying the impact of the Large Magellanic Cloud on the structure of the Milky Way’s dark matter halo using Basis Function Expansions” Garavito-Camargo et al. (arXiv:2010.00816)

10/23 Marko Micic

“M51-ULS-1b: The First Candidate for a Planet in an External Galaxy” Di Stefano et al. (arXiv:2009.08987)

Wei-Dong Jin

“Patterns in the multi-wavelength behavior of candidate neutrino blazars” Franckowiak et al. (arXiv:2001.10232)

Ava Ghadimi

“Neutrino Counterparts of Fast Radio Bursts” Metzger, Fang, Margalit (arXiv:2008.12318)

10/30 Praphull Kumar

“First evidence of inertial modes in γ Doradus stars: The core rotation revealed” Ouazzani et al. (2020A&A…640A..49O)

Wenhao Li

“Investigating the Effect of Galaxy Interactions on AGN Enhancement at 0.5<z<3.0″ Shah et al. (arXiv:2010.02710)

Anna Parul

“No phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus” Villanueva et al. (arXiv:2010.14305)

11/06 Wei-Dong Jin

“Gamma Ray Astronomy and Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)”

Nirmal Baral

“Effect of the environment on star formation activity and stellar mass for star-forming galaxies in the COSMOS field” Randriamampandry, Vaccari, Hess (arXiv:2008.13131)

Praphull Kumar

“Hydrodynamic Simulations of Classical Novae; CO and ONe White Dwarfs are Supernova Ia Progenitors” Starrfield et al. (arXiv:2006.01827)

11/13 Nilotpal Mukherjee

“Gravitational Waves from Neutrino Asymmetries in Core-Collapse Supernovae” Vartanyan & Burrows (arXiv:2007.07261)

Rebecca Brnich

“Gamma Ray Bursts: Not so Much Deadlier than We Thought” Thomas, Atri, Melott (arXiv:2009.14078)

Jacob Morgan

“Ejective and preventative: the IllustrisTNG black hole feedback and its effects on the thermodynamics of the gas within and around galaxies” Zinger et al. (arXiv:2004.06132)

11/20 Rebecca Brnich

“Cosmic-ray propagation around the Sun: investigating the influence of the solar magnetic field on the cosmic-ray Sun shadow” Becker Tjus et al. (2020A&A…633A..83B)

Shahram Talei

“Evidence from the H3 Survey That the Stellar Halo Is Entirely Comprised of Substructure” Naidu et al (2020ApJ…901…48N)

11/27 Thanksgiving Thanksgiving
12/04 Nirmal Baral Nilotpal Mukherjee, Marko Micic

Archive of previously presented articles.