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 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
Topics for Summer 2020
|Date||Talk (Speaker, Article)||Summary (Speaker, Article)|
arXiv:2005.03025, Shao et al. “The twisted dark matter halo of the Milky Way”
Preethi Nair: various
arXiv:2005.05340, Stein et al. “A high-energy neutrino coincident with a tidal disruption event”
arXiv:2005.03196, Tan et al. “New measurement of the 12C+12C fusion reaction at astrophysical energies”
arXiv:2005.08983, Boubert & Everall “Completeness of the Gaia-verse II: what are the odds that a star is missing from Gaia DR2?”
|5/29||Jeremy Bailin leading:
arXiv:2005.13161, Macquart et al. “A census of baryons in the Universe from localized fast radio bursts”
arXiv:2005.05972, Miller et al. “The Spectacular Ultraviolet Flash From the Type Ia Supernova 2019yvq”
arXiv:2006.04918, Lipunov et al. “Optical Observations Reveal Strong Evidence for High Energy Neutrino Progenitor”
arXiv:1909.07346, Alexander, Gleyzer, McDonough, Toomey, Usal “Deep Learning the Morphology of Dark Matter Substructure”
arXiv:2006.07381, Gaensicke et al. “SDSS J124043.01+671034.68: The partially burned remnant of a low-mass white dwarf that underwent thermonuclear ignition?”
Jacob Morgan mentioned:
arXiv:2006.12611, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, “GW190814: Gravitational Waves from the Coalescence of a 23 M⊙ Black Hole with a 2.6 M⊙ Compact Object”
Bill Keel (offline):
arXiv:2006.12566, Cooke at al. “Astronomy Paper Seminar Participation Guide & Reading Walkthrough”
|7/3||Marcos Santander mentioned the use of hubs by Mozilla for poster presentations (and generally avatar-based conferencing). He also pointed to a presentation on the “First detection of solar neutrinos from the CNO cycle with Borexino” given by Gioacchino Ranucci at the Neutrino 2020 conference.
Praphull Kumar mentioned a paper on “Neutrino Oscillations in Dark Matter” arXiv:1909.10478
arXiv:2007.04163, Marigo et al. “Carbon star formation as seen through the non-monotonic initial-final mass relation”
arXiv:2007.04703, Brainerd and Samuels “Lopsided Satellite Distributions around Isolated Host Galaxies”
Archive of previously presented articles.