Colloquia and PhD Talks Schedule Summer 2014

 

May 12
3 PM

Qualifying Exam/2nd Year Defense

"Outflows and Chemical Enrichment from Clustered Supernovae in the First Galaxies"

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Jeremy Ritter

University of Texas at Austin

Qualifying Exam Committee Meeting follows at 4 PM in RLM 15.216A

May 13
2 PM

Qualifying Exam/2nd Year Defense

"The Lyman-alpha Signature of the First Galaxies"

abstract

Aaron Smith

University of Texas at Austin

Qualifying Exam Committee Meeting follows at 3 PM in RLM 15.216A

May 14
2 PM

Qualifying Exam/2nd Year Defense

"Formation of Massive Star Clusters - an Application of Monte Carlo Radiation Hydrodynamics"

abstract

Tsz Ho (Benny) Tsang

University of Texas at Austin

Qualifying Exam Committee Meeting follows at 3 PM in RLM 15.202A

May 22
3:30 PM

Special Seminar

"Fragmentation in Primordial Gas: Improving H2 Cooling and Self-Shielding"

Primordial star formation is an important field of current research, because the properties of these first stars influence the chemical enrichment, turbulent mixing, and reionisation of the primordial gas. Therefore, they define the initial conditions for subsequent star and galaxy formation. Molecular hydrogen (H2) is the dominant coolant in primordial gas. When the H2 lines become optically thick at high densities, we need a special numerical treatment in order to model H2 cooling accurately. In order to do so, we implement a new method for the determination of effective column densities in the SPH code Gadget2. A comparison to commonly used local, isotropic methods (Sobolev, Gnedin, analytical fits) shows that these local approaches generally underestimate the photon escape fraction, because they miss the flattening of the cloud. I will present our new method, show how it promotes fragmentation in primordial gas and discuss improvements for the commonly used local methods. Moreover, I explain how this new method can be applied to the determination of effective column densities in order to model H2 self-shielding against photodissociation in protogalactic gas clouds more accurately.

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Tilman Hartwig

University of Heidelberg, Germany

(host: Volker Bromm)

June 10
3 PM

Special Visiting Speaker Presentation (visiting: 7-14 June 2014)

"Pre-supernova Convection in Massive Stars"

abstract

Manos Chatzopoulos

University of Chicago

host: Crag Wheeler

July 10
11 AM

PhD Defense Presentation

"Creating and Measuring White Dwarf Photospheres in a Terrestrial Laboratory"

abstract

Ross Falcon

University of Texas at Austin

PhD Committee Meeting follows at 12 Noon in RLM 15.216A

July 10
3 PM

PhD Defense Presentation

"Study of Galactic Clumps with Millimeter/Submillimeter Continuum and Molecular Emission: Early Stages of Massive Star Formation"

abstract

Manuel Merello

University of Texas at Austin

PhD Committee Meeting follows at 4 PM in RLM 15.216A

July 11
11 AM

PhD Defense Presentation

"Simulating the Formation, Properties, and Impact of Stellar Systems in the First Galaxies"

abstract

Chalence Safranek-Shrader

University of Texas at Austin

PhD Committee Meeting follows at 12 Noon in RLM 15.216A

Aug 11
11 AM

PhD Defense Presentation

"The Chemical Abundances of Stars in the Halo"

Julie Hollek

University of Texas at Austin

PhD Committee Meeting follows at 12 Noon in RLM 15.202A

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Please report omissions/corrections to: G. Orris at argus@astro.as.utexas.edu.

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