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Thesis Defense 9/5/19 — “X-ray Searches for Decaying Sterile Neutrinos with the Micro-X and XQC Sounding Rockets”

…of the instrument targeting near the center of the galaxy where the signal strength is expected to be greater. In the second half of this thesis, we present a summary…

MATs (Monday Afternoon Talks), 11/06/2023 — Speakers: Heidi White & Amy Secunda

…structure. I will outline the underlying theory of these long lags, present several possible detections, and discuss the prospect of detecting more in the near future with the Vera C….

Citizen scientists discover five tightly packed exoplanets

Five new planets have been discovered outside our solar system, all orbiting a sun-like star located within the constellation Aquarius, nearly 620 light years from Earth. The alien worlds are…

The Demographics of Exoplanets with Microlensing (Scott Gaudi, The Ohio State University; Visiting Scientist, MIT)

…discuss the expectations from near-future ground-based surveys. I then discuss efforts to combine results from microlensing, radial velocity, and direct imaging surveys to constrain the distribution of planets over roughly…

Uncovering the Evolution Histories of Giant Planets with K2 and TESS (Thesis Defense 4/30/19 presented by Liang Yu)

near the stellar irradiation threshold at which giant planets become larger than expected, and are valuable in constraining planet inflation models. Some are also favorable targets for transit spectroscopy to…

NASA’s Webb Makes First Detection of Heavy Element From Star Merger

…in the explosion’s aftermath. Other elements near tellurium on the periodic table – like iodine, which is needed for much of life on Earth – are also likely to be…

Gaps in Globular Cluster Streams: Pal 5 and the Galactic Bar (speaker: Sarah Pearson, Columbia)

…data. As the bar sweeps by, some stream stars experience a difference in net torques near pericenter. This leads to the formation of apparent gaps along Pal 5’s tidal streams…