Astrophysics Colloquium

KIPAC co-hosts the Astrophysics Colloquium, held both at campus and SLAC at 11 a.m. on Thursdays.  The location can be found on our events calendar.  All interested parties are welcome to attend, and food is served.  

Please contact Becky CanningAri Cukierman, Daniel Gruen and Greg Madejski for more information.

Ghosts of atmospheres past: modeling atmospheric formation and evolution on rocky planets

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Location

Campus, PAB 102/103

Speaker
Laura Schaefer (Stanford Earth)

One of the goals of near-term exoplanet observations is to identify habitable rocky planets and characterize their atmospheres. Solar System studies have taught us that the chemistry of the protoplanetary disk from which they formed, the physics and chemistry of the accretion process, and subsequent loss and exchange between the atmosphere and solid planet will all affect the present-day, measurable atmospheric compositions of rocky exoplanets.

The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory

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Location

SLAC, Kavli 3rd Floor Conf. Room

Speaker
Chuck Steidel (Caltech)

I will give an overview of TMT, a 30m-aperture, segmented mirror telescope operating with high efficiency over the entire ground-based UV/optical/near-IR window (0.3-28 microns).  I will summarize its planned instrumentation suite, its current technical status, and its role as the northern hemisphere arm of the proposed US-ELT Program.

TBD

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Location

SLAC, Kavli 3rd Floor Conf. Room

Speaker
Jo Dunkley (Princeton)

TBD

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Speaker
Kohta Murase (The Pennsylvania State University)

TBD

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Speaker
Cole Miller (University of Maryland)
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