Colloquia Schedule Fall 2014

Colloquia are on Tuesdays (unless otherwise indicated) at 3:30 pm in RLM 15.216B

Sep. 2

"Hot Chromospheres and Flares on Cool and Ultracool Dwarfs"


Sarah Jane Schmidt

Ohio State University

host: Adam Kraus

Sep. 9

"Let it Collide: An Epic Saga of Star Wars Planets, Planetesimals, and Super Planet Crashes"


Stefano Meschiari

University of Texas at Austin

host: Adam Kraus

Sep. 16

"The Complex Interplay between Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution from z~0-6"


Desika Narayanan

Haverford College

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 23

"Compact Galaxies and Super-Massive Black Holes"


Remco van den Bosch

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg

host: Karl Gebhardt

Sep. 30

"The Architecture and Timing of Planetary Systems"


Daniel Fabrycky

University of Chicago

host: TBD

Oct. 7

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Supermassive Black Hole?"


Jonathan Trump

Pennsylvania State University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 14

"Puzzles in the Structure of Disk Galaxies"


Stephane Courteau

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

host: Karl Gebhardt

Oct. 21

"Galaxy Build-up in the First Gyr: Insights from ultra-deep HST and Spitzer Observations"


Pascal Oesch

Yale University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 28

"Forming Earths and Mercuries: Solids Less Volatile than Ice"


Alexander Hubbard

American Museum of Natural History, New York

host: Joel Green

Nov. 4

"Shedding Lyman Alpha Light on Cosmological Reionization"


James Rhoads

Arizona State University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Nov. 11

"From Disks to Planets: Observational Insights"


Andrea Isella

Rice University

host: Adam Kraus

Nov. 18

"The Giant Magellan Telescope Project: Science and Status"


Rebecca Bernstein

Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)

host: Taft Armandroff

Nov. 25

"There's Government in Your Science"


Joshua H. Shiode

American Astronomical Society

host: Jeff Silverman

Dec. 2
3.30 PM
RLM 15.216B

DeVaucouleurs Medalist

DeVaucouleurs Lecture: "The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes and Galaxy Evolution"


C. Megan Urry

Yale University

host: Shardha Jogee

Dec. 3
4 PM
ECJ 1.202

DeVaucouleurs Medalist

Public Lecture: "Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe: An Observer's View"


C. Megan Urry

Yale University

host: Shardha Jogee

Dec. 4
4 PM
NHB 1.404

DeVaucouleurs Medalist

CNS Pioneering Leadership Lecture Series: "Why So Few? The Dearth of Women in Science"


C. Megan Urry

Yale University

host: Shardha Jogee

Dec. 9

"Brown Dwarfs as Exoplanet Analogs"

The recent discovery of young, late-L or early-T type brown dwarfs provides a unique opportunity for detailed study of exoplanet atmospheres. These newly-discovered objects have colors, spectra and luminosities that are remarkably similar to the directly-imaged exoplanets around beta Pic, HR 8799, and 2MASS J1207. Several of these objects can be tied to local young kinematic groups, which allows a determination of age and implies planetary masses. These isolated brown dwarfs provide an interesting analog to young, dusty exoplanets in a context where detailed study of the atmospheric dust/cloud properties is possible. Using near-IR spectroscopy, we characterize the spectral type and surface gravities of these objects. We determine the effective temperatures inferred by the spectral types, atmospheric models, and luminosities of extremely red objects. At a given spectral type, we find that extremely red, young L dwarfs are cooler than field objects. The temperatures inferred by atmospheric models lead to physically implausible radii, similar to the discord seen in model atmosphere fits of young, dusty planets.


Katelyn Allers

Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA

host: Adam Kraus

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