Meeting Time and Format

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.

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 Spring 2019

Date Talk (Speaker, Article) Summary (Speaker, Article)
1/11 Organizational Meeting
1/18 (no meeting due to CUWiP activities)
1/25 Shahram Talei

“Studies on particle tagging (painting) and semi-analytic models”

2/1 (no meeting due to high school physics contest)
2/8 Wenhao Li

“Shocked Post-starburst Galaxies Survey”

Spencer Caldwell

“ZTF 18aaqeasu (SN 2018byg): A Massive Helium-shell Double Detonation on a Sub-Chandrasekhar Mass White Dwarf” De et al. (arXiv:1901.00874)

2/15 Colin Hancock

“Quantitative Analysis of 3-arm Spiral Galaxies”

Shahram Talei

“The Formation of Ultra Diffuse Galaxies in Cored Dark Matter Halos Through Tidal Stripping and Heating” Carleton et al. (arXiv:1805.06896)

Dean Townsley

“A class of partly burnt runaway stellar remnants from peculiar thermonuclear supernovae” Raddi et al. (arXiv:1902.05061)

2/22 Kavya Mukundan

“Determining Bar Fractions in the Local Universe”

Erwin 2018MNRAS.474.5372E (arXiv:1711.04867)

Lee, Ann, & Park arXiv:1901.05183


Amy Jones

Marvin – a MaNGA visualization tool

3/1 Spencer Caldwell

“He-accreting WD: Nucleosynthesis in the extreme binary system (1.02+0.30) Msun”

Piersanti et al. (arXiv:1901.00340)

3/8 Colin Hancock

“Gaia-2MASS 3D maps of Galactic interstellar dust within 3 kpc” Lallement et al (arXiv:1902.04116)

Jacob Morgan

“The Impact of Enhanced Halo Resolution on the Simulated Circumgalactic Medium” Hummels et al. (arXiv:1811.12410)

3/15 (no meeting, spring break)
3/22 Sreetama Goswami

“Investigation of two Fermi-LAT gamma-ray blazars coincident with high-energy neutrinos detected by IceCube”  Fermi-LAT collaboration (arXiv:1901.10806)

Samantha Pedek

“A search for transient optical counterparts to high-energy IceCube neutrinos with Pan-STARRS1” Kankare et al. (arXiv:1901.11080)


3/29 Jacob Morgan

“First Results from the TNG50 Simulation: The evolution of stellar and gaseous disks across cosmic time” Pillepich et al. (arXiv:1902.05553)

Kavya Mukundan

“Effects of environment on sSFR profiles of late-type galaxies in the CALIFA survey” Coenda et al. (arXiv:1811.08910)

Samuel Boos

“The correlation of rate of Type Ia Supernovae with the parent galaxy properties: lights and shadows” Greggio and Cappellaro (arXiv:1903.05412)

4/5 (no meeting, honors day)
4/12 Anna Parul

“A Predicted Correlation Between Age Gradient and Star Formation History in FIRE Dwarf Galaxies” Graus et al. (arXiv:1901.05487)

Samuel Boos

“Observational Predictions for Sub-Chandrasekhar Mass Explosions: Further Evidence for Multiple Progenitor Systems for Type Ia Supernovae” Polin, Nugent, Kasen (2019, ApJ, 873, 84)

4/19 Marko Micic

“The formation and evolution of low-surface-brightness galaxies” Martin et al. (arXiv:1902.04580)

Wenhao Li

“Enhanced atomic gas fractions in recently merged galaxies: quenching is not a result of post-merger gas exhaustion” Ellison, Catinella, Cortese (2018MNRAS.478.3447E)

Anna Parul

“Formation, vertex deviation and age of the Milky Way’s bulge: input from a cosmological simulation with a late-forming bar” Debattista et al. (2019MNRAS.485.5073D)

4/26 Ava Ghadimi

“Search for High-energy Neutrinos from Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817 with ANTARES, IceCube, and the Pierre Auger Observatory” Albert et al. (2017 ApJ, 850, L35)

Sreetama Goswami

“Observations of fast radio bursts at frequencies down to 400 megahertz” CHIME/FRB Collaboration (2019 Nature 556, 230)

Marko Micic

“Ultra-Diffuse Galaxies at Ultraviolet Wavelengths”  RS et al. (arXiv:1904.06262)

Archive of previously presented articles.