Astronomy Journal Club

On Wednesday mornings, once a fortnight, we meet at 11:30 (unless otherwise stated) for a journal club. The location for each meeting will be announced beforehand.

Attendees bring interesting papers, and a brief introduction is given to the Journal Club. Each paper presentation is then followed by discussion. The entire event should take one hour. The papers could be anything published in the last year in astrophysics, related science and relevant to astronomy.

We encourage MSSL astronomers and astrophysicists to come to Journal Club for a discussion on recent research. Please contact Denis González-Caniulef with suggested papers, or for other JC queries. Links to suggested and discussed papers will be added below.

Calendar 2017
Date Title
11 Jan
Stable Block - Common Room
NASA Selects Mission to Study Black Holes, Cosmic X-ray Mysteries : NASA article
CTA's Galactic Plane Survey Will Provide Unprecedented View of Our Galaxy : CTA article
Hidden Secrets of Orion's Clouds: ESO article
LIGO black hole echoes hint at general-relativity breakdown: Nature article
A direct localization of a fast radio burst and its host
(S. Chatterjee et al, 2017, Nature Nature paper)
25 Jan
Stable Block - Common Room
VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System : ESO article
Observations hint at a new recipe for giant black holes : SCIENCE article
Hubble Captures 'Shadow Play' Caused by Possible Planet : NASA article
A test for skewed distributions of dark matter and a detection in galaxy cluster Abell 3827
(P. Taylor et al., 2017, arxiv.org/1701.04412)
Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails
(M. Lingam and A. Loeb, 2017, arxiv.org/1701.01109)
The Breakthrough Listen Search for Intelligent Life: Target Selection of Nearby Stars and Galaxies
(H. Isaacson et al., 2017, arxiv.org/1701.06227)
8 Feb
Stable Block - Common Room
The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than Expected : article
Faint, distant galaxies may have driven early universe makeover : ScienceNews
Researchers add a splash of human intuition to planning algorithms : MIT news
Primes without 7s : article
Variable interstellar radiation fields in simulated dwarf galaxies: supernovae versus photoelectric heating
(Hu et al., 2017, arxiv.org/1701.08779)
Not so lumpy after all: modeling the depletion of dark matter subhalos by Milky Way-like galaxies
(Garrison-Kimmel et al., 2017, arxiv.org/1701.03792 )
22 Feb
Stable Block - Common Room
LIGO's underdog cousin ready to enhance gravitational-wave hunt: Nature article
A middleweight black hole is hiding at the center of a giant star cluster: Phys.org
The Brightest, Furthest Pulsar in the Universe : ESA article
Hubble Space Telescope detection of the millisecond pulsar J2124-3358 and its far-ultraviolet bow shock nebula
(Rangelov et al., 2017, arxiv.org/1701.00002)
The peculiar light-curve of J1415+1320: A case study in extreme scattering events
(Vedantham et al., 2017, arxiv.org/1702.05519 )
8 March
Stable Block - Common Room
Scientists Are About to Switch on a Telescope That Could Photograph a Black Hole's Event Horizon : ScienceAlert
Neural networks promise sharpest ever images : ScienceDaily
Scientists find evidence for light-by-light scattering, long standing prediction of the Standard Model : Phys.org
Offsets between member galaxies and dark matter in clusters: a test with the Illustris simulation
(Karen Y. Ng et al. 2017, arxiv.org/1703.00010 )
Limits on the Mass and Abundance of Primordial Black Holes from Quasar Gravitational Microlensing
(Mediavilla et al. 2017, ApJL )
22 March
XXVII Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture: "Cosmology beyond the standard model" by Prof. Subir Sarkar link to the event
5 April
Stable Block - Common Room
Hubble Dates Black Hole's Last Big Meal : NASA article
It's not just you: science papers are getting harder to read : Nature article
A detection of wobbling Brightest Cluster Galaxies within massive galaxy clusters
(Harvey et al. 2017, arxiv.org/1703.07365)
Strongly baryon-dominated disk galaxies at the peak of galaxy formation ten billion years ago
(Genzel et al. 2017, Nature Letter )
19 April
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Easter Break ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
3 May
Stable Block - Common Room

Journal club schedules in other years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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