MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

MKI Journal Club Schedule, Fall 2008

MKI Journal Club meets semester Fridays at noon in the Marlar Lounge (building 37, room 252).

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12 September
Robyn Sanderson: G. Anglada-Escudé, M. López-Morales, & J. E. Chambers, "How eccentric orbital solutions can hide planetary systems in 2:1 resonant orbits"
Tracey Delaney: K. Z. Stanek, "How long should an astronomical paper be to increase its impact?"
19 September
Leo Stein: K. Barbary et al., Discovery of an Unusual Optical Transient with the Hubble Space Telescope
Rob Simcoe: I. Iwata et al., Detection of Lyman Continuum From Star-Forming Galaxies at z~3
26 September
Josh Carter: D. Lafrenière, R. Jayawardhana, & M. H. van Kerkwijk, Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of a Planetary Mass Candidate Companion to a Young Solar Analog
Adam Burgasser: D. Lang, D. W. Hogg, S. Jester, & H.-W. Rix, Measuring the undetectable: Proper motions and parallaxes of very faint sources
3 October
Tim Bodiya: A. Stefanescu et al, Very fast optical flaring from a possible new Galactic magnetar, and A. J. Castro-Tirado et al., Flares from a Galactic magnetar suggest a missing link to dim isolated neutron stars
Jocelyn Monroe: C. Savage et al., Compatibility of DAMA/LIBRA Dark Matter Detection with Other Searches
10 October
John Rutherford: D. Stamatellos & A. P. Whitworth, The formation of brown dwarfs and low-mass stars by disc fragmentation
Jan-Uwe Ness: High-Resolution X-Ray Spectroscopy of the Evolving Shock in the 2006 Outburst of RS Ophiuchi
17 October
Stephen O'Sullivan: C. A. Onken & J. A. Kollmeier, An Improved Method for Using MgII to Estimate Black Hole Masses in Active Galactic Nuclei
Mustafa Amin: A. Frolov, DEFROST: A new code for simulating preheating after inflation.
24 October
Madhu Nikku: Gavignaud et al., Eddington ratios of faint AGN at intermediate redshift: Evidence for a population of half-starved black holes.
Steve Leman: E. Behnke et al., Spin Dependent WIMP Limits from a Bubble Chamber
31 October
Scott Hertel: S. Gillessen et al., Monitoring Stellar Orbits around the Massive Black Hole at the Galactic Center
Al Lazarus
7 November
Lindy Blackburn: O. Adriani et al., Observation of an anomalous positron abundance in the cosmic radiation
Herman Marshall: A. Loeb & M. Zaldarriaga, Eavesdropping on Radio Broadcasts from Galactic Civilizations with Upcoming Observatories for Redshifted 21cm Radiation
14 November
Dacheng Lin: James F. Steiner, Ramesh Narayan, Jeffrey E. McClintock, Ken Ebisawa, A Simple Comptonization Model
Glenn Allen: Morlino, G., Amato, E., Blasi, P., Gamma ray emission from SNR RX J1713.7-3946 and the origin of galactic cosmic rays
21 November
Joel Fridriksson: E. M. Cackett et al, Cooling of the Crust in the Neutron Star Low-Mass X-Ray Binary MXB 1659-29
Paul Schechter: Z. Staniszewski et al., Galaxy clusters discovered with a Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect survey
28 November Thanksgiving: no Journal Club.
5 December
Sara Seager: A summary of recent direct detections of exoplanets
Mike Matejek: Christian Y. Cardall, Degeneracy, the virial theorem, and stellar collapse
12 December
En-Hsin Peng: D. Eckert and S. Paltani, INTEGRAL observations of the Perseus cluster
Karl Andersson: Goobar et al., Near-IR Search for Lensed Supernovae Behind Galaxy Clusters - II. First Detection and Future Prospects