Colloquia Schedule Fall 2012

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

Sep. 4

"Finding and Characterizing the Sources of the Ionizing Background with Keck and HST"

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Brian Siana

University of California, Riverside

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 11

1. "Investigating the Early Universe with Lyman-alpha Emission: Galactic Winds and Stellar Populations at z ~ 3.1"
2. "Two Can't Play That Game: The Perils of Planet Formation in Binary Environments"
3. "Magnetic Fields in the Milky Way"

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1. Emily McLinden, 2. Stefano Meschiari, and 3. Michael Pavel

University of Texas at Austin

host: Sarah Tuttle

Sep. 18

"Star Formation, Near and Far (y un anyo en Ame'rica del Sur)"

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Neal Evans

University of Texas at Austin

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 25

"Measuring Galaxy Evolution from Modern Near-IR Surveys"

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Casey Papovich

Texas A&M University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 2

"Carbon Stars and Dust Production in the Local Group"

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Gregory C. Sloan

Cornell University

host: Harriet Dinerstein

Oct. 9

"Peering Through the EoR Window with the Murchison Widefield Array"

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Miguel F. Morales

University of Washington

host: Neal Evans

Oct. 16

"HETDEX Status"

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Karl Gebhardt & Gary Hill

University of Texas at Austin

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 23

"Stellar Feedback and the Ecology of the Galactic ISM"

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John Bally

University of Colorado, Boulder

host: Keely Finkelstein

Oct. 30

"Obesity in the Universe: Why Did Early-Type Galaxies Grow in Size?"

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Richard Ellis

California Institute of Technology

host: Paul Shapiro

Nov. 6

"The Gaseos Environment of Distant Galaxies"

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Michele Fumagalli

University of California, Santa Cruz

host: Chris Sneden

Nov. 13

"Cassini-Huygens explores the Saturn System: Recent Discoveries and Science Highlights"

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Linda Spilker

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

host: Bill Cochran

Nov. 20

"Exploring Galactic Chemical and Dynamical Evolution: Pre and Post SDSS-III/APOGEE"

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Peter Frinchaboy

Texas Christian University

host: Chris Sneden

Nov. 27

"Understanding Galaxy Clusters, the Most Massive Objects in the Universe"

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Lindsay King

University of Texas, Dallas

host: Karl Gebhardt

Dec. 4

"Galaxy Formation: Physics and Numerics"

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Dusan Keres

University of California, San Diego

host: Karl Gebhardt

Dec. 10
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"Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays, Pulsars, and Supernovae"

The origin of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECRs, particles arriving on the Earth with energy 10^17- 10^21 eV) is still a mystery. Candidate sources range from the birth of pulsars to explosions related to long-duration gamma-ray bursts or to events in active galactic nuclei. Young isolated millisecond pulsars have been scarcely discussed as sources of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECR) in the literature. However, the production of UHECRs in these objects could give a picture that is surprisingly consistent with the latest data measured with the Auger Observatory. I will discuss this original source scenario, and its observable signatures. In particular, these pulsars would be born in supernovae that could present interesting specific radiative features, due to the interaction of the pulsar wind with the surrounding ejecta. The resulting supernova lightcurves could present a high luminosity plateau over a few years, and a bright X-ray and gamma-ray peak around one or two years after the onset of the explosion. If such signatures were observed, they could have important implications both for UHECR astrophysics and for the understanding of core-collapse supernovae.

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Kumiko Kotera

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris

host: Milos Milosavljevic

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