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Past Colloquia

Data Visualization in the Planetarium

Cody Hall, AB 107

Mark Subbarao (Adler Planetarium)

January 17, 2018
14:00 - 15:00

The modern, digital, networked planetarium is a powerful collaborative visualization environment. These facilities have the potential to both elevate the level of public science communication and serve as a data exploration tool for researchers. The International Planetarium Society’s Data to Dome initiative is working prepare…

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Get Ready for the James Webb Space Telescope

Cody Hall, AB 107

René Doyon (Université de Montréal)

January 10, 2018
14:00 - 15:00

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is currently in its final phase of integration and scheduled for launch in the spring of 2019, with science operations to commence six months later.  Equipped with four powerful science instruments, JWST will provide imaging and spectroscopy from 0.6…

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December 13th Colloquium Canceled

Cody Hall

John Beacom (Ohio State University)

December 13, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

TBA  

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X-ray-Driven Multiwavelength and Multimessenger Discovery

Cody Hall, AB 107

Daryl Haggard (McGill University)

December 06, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

I will discuss the importance of time-resolved X-ray observations in studies of strong gravity near black holes and neutron stars, and also in the context of multiwavelength and multimessenger astrophysics. I’ll draw on two exciting examples: Sgr A* and GW170817. X-ray and multiwavelength monitoring of…

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Data-driven models 
of the Milky Way 
in the Gaia era

Cody Hall, AB 107

Boris Leistedt (NYU)

November 29, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

The Gaia satellite will soon deliver magnitudes, parallaxes, and proper motions of billions of stars, offering an unprecedented detailed view of the structure and dynamics of our Galaxy. Correctly exploiting Gaia is challenging due to the colossal amount of data, the complicated selection effects and…

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Probing the Origins of Fast Radio Bursts

Cody Hall, AB 107

Shriharsh Tendulkar (McGill University)

November 22, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are by far the most frequent observable astrophysical transients in the sky, yet in the past decade, we have only observed ~30 events, one of which is seen to repeat. With this small heterogenous sample of FRBs, it is challenging to…

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The Wind in the Machine: Using Machine Learning to Probe Quasar Outflows

Cody Hall, AB 107

Sarah Gallagher (Western University)

November 15, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

Every massive galaxy hosts a supermassive black hole that grew as a luminous quasar through active accretion when the universe was a fraction of its present age. Quasar activity can therefore be described as an “adolescent” phase of galaxy evolution: inevitable, difficult, and (perhaps) transformative….

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Cosmology with Supernovae… and Kilonovae!

Cody Hall, AB 107

Dan Scolnic (Kavli Institute)

October 25, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

In this talk, I will present new analyses of Type Ia Supernovae that mark the most precise measurement of dark energy to date. I will go over how this analysis ties together with the analysis of the local value Hubble constant, for which tension persists…

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Resolving scattering disks with ground-space VLBI

Cody Hall, AB 107

Vladimir Soglasnov (Lebedev Physical Institute)

October 18, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

Ground-Space VLBI observations of pulsars with baselines up to ~20 Earth diameters show a surprising view of visibility (delay-fringe rate plot, or delay-Doppler in “secondary spectra”). At low & medium baselines, besides the main peak in the origin it contains a number of needle-like spikes…

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Finding Fast Radio Bursts with interferometers

Cody Hall, AB 107

Stefan Osłowski (Swinburne Institute of Technology)

October 11, 2017
14:00 - 15:00

While majority of the enigmatic Fast Radio Bursts have been detected with the single-dish Parkes Observatory radio telescope, new instruments are entering the search.Much progress has been made with interferometric discoveries of FRBs, with the UTMOST project leading the way. On the other hand, the…

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