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.

TBD

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Speaker
Fabienne Bastien (Pennsylvania State University)

Focusing on What is In Front of Your Nose: Astrophysics with CMB Experiments

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Location

SLAC, Kavli 3rd Floor Conf. Room

Speaker
Nathan Whitehorn (UCLA)

Current and forthcoming CMB experiments such as the South Pole Telescope, Simons Observatory, and CMB-S4 image, or will image, a large area of the sky on daily scales in the 60-250 GHz band to probe a wide variety of exciting physics in the early universe.

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.

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