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Lectures Calendar:

Fall 2020

Aug 24, 2020

Astronomy Seminar Series artwork

Illuminating the Chemistry of Planet Formation with X-ray Flares

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Speaker: Ilse Cleeves (University of Virginia)

The chemistry of protoplanetary disks sets the initial composition of newly formed planets and may also regulate the efficiency by which planets form. Disk chemical abundances typically evolve over timescales spanning thousands if not millions of years. Consequently, it was a surprise when ALMA observations taken over the course of a single year showed ... read more  »

Aug 31, 2020

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The Renaissance of Astrophysics: a landscape of opportunities in the era of Time Domain Multi-Messenger investigations

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Raffaella Margutti (Northwestern University)

Astronomical transients are signposts of catastrophic events in space, including the most extreme stellar deaths, stellar tidal disruptions by supermassive black holes, and mergers of compact objects. Thanks to new and improved observational facilities we can now sample the night sky with unprecedented temporal cadence and sensitivity across the electro... read more  »

Sep 3, 2020

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Watch Video Toward Quantum Technologies with Diamonds and Cold Atoms

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Hawking AuditoriumStreaming Live

Speaker: Alexey Akimov (Texas A&M University)Host: Alexei Sokolov

My group is developing several experimental directions, common motivation of which is quantum technologies – attempt to use unique properties of the quantum world do create some useful devices. There are few major streams in my research – color centers in atoms, quantum dots and cold atoms. In my talk I will only touch two of those, our work with co... read more  »

Sep 7, 2020

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Tales from Old Friends: Single and Double White Dwarfs in the Gaia Era

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)Streaming Live

Speaker: Mukremin Kilic (University of Oklahoma)Host: Stephanie Ho

ESA’s Gaia mission has finally revealed the population of faint white dwarf stars in the solar neighborhood. We use this dataset to answer fundamental questions about the nature of white dwarfs, including their mass distribution, cooling physics (crystallization), and ultracool white dwarfs. We also use the same dataset to search for short period ... read more  »

Sep 10, 2020

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Watch Video The Future of Massively Multiplexed Spectroscopy: The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Hawking AuditoriumStreaming Live

Speaker: Jennifer Marshall (Texas A&M University)Host: Casey Papovich

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) is a planned next generation massively multiplexed spectroscopic facility that is completely dedicated to optical and near-Infrared spectroscopy of samples of thousands to millions of astrophysical objects at spectral resolutions from R~3,000 to R~40,000. With science goals spanning all of astronomy, from detail... read more  »

Sep 11, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Sep 14, 2020

Astronomy Seminar Series artwork

The Impact of Relations Between Supernova Properties and Their Host Galaxies on Measurements of The Hubble Constant and Dark Energy

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Daniel Scolnic (Duke University)Host: Jonelle Walsh

Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) continue to of high importance for measuring the current expansion rate of the universe, parameterized by the Hubble Constant, and for dark energy.  For both of these measurements, relations between properties of the SNe and properties of the host galaxies have recently been brought up to reconcile the Hubble constant tensio... read more  »

Sep 17, 2020

Watch Video Synthesizing Light

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Streaming Live

Speaker: Scott Diddams (University of Colorado, Boulder and NIST)Host: Alexey Belyanin

Frequency synthesis is ubiquitous in all aspects of our modern technological society, with examples being found in wide ranging applications from computing, communications and navigation systems to sensors and scientific instrumentation. Historically, the generation and precise control of electromagnetic radiation has been confined to the radio frequenc... read more  »

Sep 18, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Sep 21, 2020

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The Role of Galaxy Clusters in Shaping the Size Growth and Quenching of Galaxies

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Jasleen Matharu (Texas A&M University)

Sep 25, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Sep 28, 2020

Astronomy Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Jonathan Trump (University of Connecticut)Host: Jonelle Walsh

Oct 1, 2020

Some Recent Results in Gravitational-Wave Science

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Daniel Holz (University of Chicago)Host: Jennifer Marshall

The past five years have witnessed the birth of the entirely new fields of gravitational-wave physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. We’ll provide some background on this new way to probe the universe. We’ll also discuss some recent results, focusing on constraints that come from a population of gravitational-wave events. Topics will include ... read more  »

Oct 2, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Oct 5, 2020

Astronomy Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Jo Bovy (University of Toronto)Host: Stephanie Ho

Oct 5, 2020

High Energy Phenomenology, Experiment, and Cosmology Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Andrew Brinkerhoff (Baylor University)Host: Doojin Kim

Oct 9, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Oct 12, 2020

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Seminar (via Zoom)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil (University of Chicago)Host: Jonelle Walsh

Oct 16, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Oct 19, 2020

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Seminar (via Zoom)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Johannes Zabl (Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon)Host: Stephanie Ho

Oct 19, 2020

High Energy Phenomenology, Experiment, and Cosmology Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Yuber F. Perez Gonzalez (Northwestern University and Fermilab)Host: Doojin Kim

Oct 23, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Oct 26, 2020

Astronomy Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Renuka Pechetti (Texas A&M University)

Oct 30, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Nov 2, 2020

Astronomy Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Paul Zivick (Texas A&M University)

Nov 6, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Nov 9, 2020

High Energy Phenomenology, Experiment, and Cosmology Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Ivan Martinez Soler (Northwestern University and Fermilab)Host: Doojin Kim

Nov 12, 2020

Astronomy Seminar Series artwork

Seminar (via Zoom)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Danielle Berg (University of Texas Austin)Host: Stephanie Ho

Nov 13, 2020

OPEN

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Nov 20, 2020

CM Seminar

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)MIST M102

Speaker: Peter Armitage (Johns Hopkins University)Host: Ar. Abanov