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Astrophysics Seminars


The CASS Astrophysics Seminar features world-class astrophysicists from around the world speaking on current topics of research. Presentations are aimed at the graduate and post-graduate level, but are open to the general public. CASS seminars take place on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in 383 SERF (Marlar Seminar Room), unless otherwise noted. You can watch a live stream of the talk or prior talks at the CASS Seminar YouTube Channel. The organizers are Prof. Quinn Konopacky and Dr. Alexei Kritsuk.

Upcoming Seminars

Fall 2018

Winter 2019

January 9, 2019

NOTE: Beginning this week, all Astrophysics Seminars will be held from
3:00-4:00pm unless otherwise noted

Rana Adhikari
Professor of Physics

January 16, 2019

 "Status of The Thirty Meter Telescope"

Ravinder Bhatia
Associate Project Manager
Thirty Meter Telescope

 The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is one of the next generation of so-called Extremely Large Telescopes, and currently the only one that will be sited in the northern hemisphere.

In this talk, I will describe the broad range of scientific goals of TMT, which take advantage of its high sensitivity, high spectral resolution and high spatial resolution. Such goals span studying the early Universe through to galactic evolution, star formation and exoplanet characterization. These science goals are being established and refined by our International Science Development Teams.

The construction and operation of the observatory is funded through an international partnership, with each partner contributing to the development and production of the observatory sub-systems. I will describe the status of those different sub-systems, highlighting the technical challenges that we need to overcome. I will also give an update on the choice of the site for TMT, given recent developments in Hawaii and Spain.

In order to strengthen the scientific motivation even further, TMT is looking to collaborate with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). GMT will be located in the southern hemisphere, and this collaboration would therefore allow for access to the full sky. This initiative also aims to secure further funding for each separate telescope project: TMT, GMT the National Optical Astronomy Observatory aim to submit a joint proposal to the National Science Foundation which, if successful, would provide observing access to US astronomers that are currently not affiliated with the existing partners of TMT or GMT. I will provide an update on this initiative, which is being pursued against the backdrop of the next Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

I will end the talk with a brief commentary on three dimensions of working within a complex international partnership. First is Culture. Second is Governance. And third is the broader landscape of international relations within which the TMT project is embedded.

January 23, 2019

Katie Mack
Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University

January 30, 2019

Alison Coil
Professor of Physics

February 6, 2019

Nicole Vassh
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics
Notre Dame University

February 13, 2019

Gwen Rudie
Staff Astronomer
Carnegie Observatories

February 20, 2019

Max Gronke
Postdoctoral Scholar
UC Santa Barbara

February 27, 2019

NOTE: Hans Suess Memorial Lecture 4:00-5:00pm in NSB Auditorium
(Reception in NSB Atrium from 3:00-4:00pm)

Victoria Meadows
University of Washington

March 13, 2019

Fridolin Weber
Distinguished Professor of Physics
San Diego State University

Spring 2019

March 27, 2019

NOTE: Spring Break - no seminar today

April 3, 2019

Dmitry Savranksy
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University

June 5, 2019

Greg Mace
Research Associate
University of Texas, Austin