Astrophysics Group Meetings and Seminars

January – June 2008

On Thursay afternoons in the Library, the Astrophysics Group meets for seminars (internal and external) and to discuss topics from general astronomy to group matters. These get-togethers are specifically meant to be very informal. They are intended to promote the free exchange of ideas between members of the group and others.

Speakers normally give presentations of up to an hour (including time for questions) and these will begin at 2.30pm unless stated otherwise.

In charge for the period 01st January to 30th June 2008 are Roberto Soria and Patricia Schady.

Calendar 2008 January to June 2008
Date Title Speaker
10th Jan

17th Jan

Peter Curran
The hidden X-ray breaks in GRB afterglow light curves
Astronomical Institute Amsterdam
24th Jan

31st Jan

The Milky Way's History, as Written in the Stellar Records
Dr. Carlos Allende Prieto
7th Feb

From Supernova to Hypernova: Understanding the Diversity of Cosmic Explosions
Dr. Philipp Podsiadlowski
Oxford University
14th Feb

Brief report on `Astrophysics of LISA GW sources'
Graziella Branduardi-Raymont & Kinwah Wu

21st Feb

28th Feb

The Star Formation Histories of Early-Type Galaxies: Insights from the Rest-Frame Ultraviolet
Dr. Sugata Kaviraj
University of Oxford
6th March

Gamma-Ray Bursts and Magnetic Fields Dr. Shiho Kobayashi
Liverpool John Moores University
13th March

Toward a Complete Census of AGN activity and Black-Hole Growth
Dr. David Alexander
Durham University
27th March

Double beta decay experiment. NEMO3 and SuperNEMO detectors
Dr. Vladimir Vasiliev
University College London

10th April

Very high sensitivity polarimetry: Exoplanets and Saharan Dust Prof. James Hough
University of Herfordshire
17th April

Stars dancing with a massive black hole
Dr. Marc Freitag
Institute of Astronomy
24th April

WIMP hunting: searching for dark matter
Dr Anne Green
University of Nottingham
1st May

Simulating Star and Planet Formation
Prof. Matthew Bate
University of Exeter
8th May

15th May

Bulges, Disks and Beyond Inside Out
Dr. Victor Debattista
University of Central Lancashire
22nd May

An Introduction to Dark Energy
Dr. Sarah Bridle
University College London
29th May

The earliest stages of star formation: From infrared dark clouds to protoclusters
Dr. Nicolas Peretto
Jodrell Bank,
University of Manchester
3rd June

Deep Chandra Observations of LMXB Populations in Normal Elliptical Galaxies
Dr. Nicola Brassington
Harvard University
5th June

Black Holes and Neutron Stars in Globular Clusters
Dr. Tom Maccarone
University of Southampton
12th June

Short GRBs and Their Progenitors Dr. Eleonora Troja
University of Leicester
19th June

A new possible interpretation of the 'canonical' lightcurves of GRBs thanks to UVOT data Dr. Massimiliano De Pasquale
Tuesday 11am
17th June

Eclipsing in AGN: X-ray Absorption & AGN Structure
Dr. Martin Elvis
26th June
Imaging Black Hole
Warrick Ball (4th yr MSc)
University College London
26th June
Solitons in Multi-Component Self-Gravitating Systems
Ziri Younsi (4th yr MSc)
University College London

If you have any comments or if you'd like to come and give us a seminar, please drop Roberto or Patricia a line.

Last updated 11th February 2008 — Patricia Schady

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