Colloquia Schedule Fall 2013

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

Sep. 3

See the handbills posted around the department for the details of the special colloquium that is being held today.

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Special Colloquium Speaker

Sep. 10

See the handbills posted around the department for the details of the special colloquium that is being held today.

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Special Colloquium Speaker

Sep. 17

See the handbills posted around the department for the details of the special colloquium that is being held today.

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Special Colloquium Speaker

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Sep. 25

See the handbills posted around the department for the details of the special colloquium that is being held today.

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Special Colloquium Speaker

This presentation being held at 3:00 pm during the Cosmos Seminar time-slot.

Oct. 1

"The Present and Future of Exoplanets with Precise Radial Velocities"

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Jason T. Wright

Pennsylvania State University

host: Adam Kraus

Oct. 8

Frank N. Bash Symposium 2013: New Horizons in Astronomy: 6-8 October 2013. No Colloquium presentation scheduled on 8 October, to avoid conflict.


Oct. 15

Tinsley Visiting Scholar/Planetary Group

"Accessing the Atmospheres of Terrestrial Exoplanets"

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Seth Redfield

Wesleyan University

host: Michael Endl

Oct. 22

"Large-Scale Surveys of Star Formation in the Milky Way"

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Peter Barnes

University of Florida

host: Neal Evans

Oct. 29

"Supermassive Black Hole Binaries: The Search Continues"

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Tamara Bogdanovic

Georgia Institute of Technology

host: Steve Finkelstein

Nov. 5

"Observational Hallmarks of Evolution and Planet Formation in Circumstellar Disks"

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Sean Andrews

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

host: Neal Evans

Nov. 12

"The Role of Large Herschel Surveys in the Fields of Galaxy Evolution and Cosmology"

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Marco Viero

California Institute of Technology

host: Karl Gebhardt

Nov. 19

"Galaxy Evolution at High Redshifts: Lyman-alpha and Other Lines"

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Sangeeta Malhotra

Arizona State University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Nov. 26

"Revealing Cosmic Origins: from Exoplanet Atmospheres to the Intergalactic Medium with the HST Cosmic Origins Spectrograph"

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Cindi Froning

University of Texas at Austin

host: Edward Robinson

Dec. 3

"A CMB Perspective of the Epoch of Reionization"

The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is revolutionizing our understanding of the Universe. The CMB is the strongest single piece of evidence that we live in a geometrically flat Universe, dominated by non-baryonic cold dark matter and dark energy. Many outstanding questions remain around this basic framework: Did inflation occur, and what physics was responsible for it? What are the neutrino masses? What drove the reionization of neutral Hydrogen in the early Universe? Remarkably the CMB can shed light on all of these questions. I will present the latest results from the South Pole Telescope (SPT), which recently finished a millimeter-wave survey of 2500 square degrees of sky with unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution. I will highlight the latest measurements of the kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) effect, which is produced by the patchwork pattern of ionized and neutral bubbles created during cosmic reionization. The shape of the kinetic SZ power spectrum depends on the typical bubble sizes, while the amplitude depends on the duration of reionization. I will discuss the implications of these measurements for our understanding of how reionization occurred. I will conclude with an update on two experiments that are exploring the next frontier in CMB science: using gravitational lensing to map the matter distribution in the Universe.

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Christian Reichardt

University of California, Berkeley

host: Paul Shapiro

Dec. 10
2:30 pm

"Dark Matter in the Smallest Galaxies"

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Matthew Walker

Carnegie-Mellon University

host: Andrew Mann

Visitors to the Department of Astronomy can find detailed information and maps on our Visiting Austin Page.

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

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