Seminar Schedule

Astrophysics Seminar meets in room 358 VAN on Tuesdays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

The format is either Astrophysics Journal club or a research presentation.  Journal club papers for the current week are listed  at VoxCharta (select University of Iowa). Everyone is encouraged to briefly review the selected papers before seminar. Moderators are expected to provide cookies.

Date Speaker/Moderator Title
Jan 24 Dr. Fabian Kislat, Washington University, The Compton Electron Tracking MeV Astronomy Telescope
Jan 31 Dr. Brian Fleming, LASP, University of Colorado, Technologies to Enable the Next-Generations of Far-UV Sensitive Space Missions
Feb 7 Dr. Casey DeRoo, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Beyond Chandra and XMM-Newton: Adjustable X-ray Optics for the Lynx Mission
Feb 14 Dr. Pascal Saint-Hilaire, UC Berkeley, The Gamma-Ray Imager/Spectrometer for Solar Flares (GRIPS) and the CUbesat Radio Interferometry Experiment (CURIE): New Instruments for New Frontiers in (solar) Physics
Feb 21 Dr. Amy Keesee, Dept. Physics & Astronomy, West Virginia University Novel Techniques for Measuring Particles in Space
Mar 2 Dr. Mark Pulupa), Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley Precision Measurements of Solar Wind Electrons Using Plasma and Wave Observations
Mar 7 Dr. David M. Miles, University of Alberta Dense, Multipoint Magnetic Measurements: Enabling Novel Studies of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling
Mar 9 Dr. Allison N. Jaynes, ), LASP, University of Colorado The Crucial Role of Substorms and Whistler-Mode Chorus Waves in the Rebuilding of Earth's Radiation Belts
Mar 21 NYA
Mar 28 Prof. Cornelia Lang The ngVLA (next generation) VLA
Apr 7 (Friday) Prof. Larry Rudnick, Univ. of Minnesota TBA (tentative)
Apr 11 Prof. Jack Scudder Does Quasi-Neutrality Play a Signifiance Role in Astrophysical Plasmas?
Apr 18 Ms. Allison Costa, UI TBA
Apr 25 Dr. Anna Zajczyk,University of Iowa TBA
May 2 Prof. Robert Mutel Pulsed radio emission from Ultra-cool Dwarfs: Implications for Exoplanets


A Deep Chandra View of M51 (K. D. Kuntz, Johns Hopkins University)

Chandra has made deep studies of four nearby galaxies; M101, M33, M83, and, most recently, M51. In each case the study is relatively uniform out to the D25 radius. Given the failing soft response, it is unlikely that comparable studies of other galaxies will be made with Chandra. I will review the recent point-source population study of M51 where I argue that the concept of universal luminosity functions needs to be reconsidered. I will then use our data from M101, M83 and M51 to address what I think we are beginning to learn about the diffuse X-ray emission from normal late-type spiral galaxies.

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