Previous seminars:

Activities are colour coded, as follows:
* ASR Group seminars
* Joint particle physics / ASR seminars
* Lunchtime discussions
* Extragalactic seminars
* Gravity Group Meetings

This list is for seminars from 2011 and before; a more recent archive of ASR seminars is available here.

2011

DateEventHostLocation
Wednesday 19th Jan, 1:30pm
Note different time & location
The properties of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays and the Problems that these pose

Alan Watson (University of Leeds)
Joint seminar with
particle physics
* SLT *
Wednesday 2nd Feb, 1:30pm
Note different time & location
Weighing Neutrinos with Cosmology

Shaun Thomas (University College London)
Joint seminar with
particle physics
* SLT *
Tuesday 8th Feb, 11am
Learning about Aspects of Clusters and Cosmology from Weak and Strong Gravitational Lensing Approaches

Mandeep Gill (Ohio State University)
Graham Smith W106
Wednesday 30th March, 2pm
The new low frequency radio telescope LOFAR; probing merging clusters.

Huub Rottgering (Leiden Observatory)
Somak Raychaudhury W117
Thursday 31th March, 1pm
Note different time, day & location
The WIde-field Nearby Galaxy-cluster Survey (WINGS) and the Padova-Millennium Galaxy and Group Catalogue (PM2GC): new results on the relation between galaxy evolution, environment and galaxy mass

Bianca Poggianti (INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Padova, Italy)
Trevor Ponman Physics Library
Monday 11th Apr, 2pm
High-redshift galaxies: tracing cosmic dawn

Pratika Dayal (AIP, Germany)
Alastair Sanderson W106
Wednesday 20th Apr National Astronomy Meeting
- no seminars -
Wednesday 4th May, 12pm
NB different time & room
LOFAR and Pulsar Timing

Ben Stappers (University of Manchester)
Alberto Vecchio * W103 *
Wednesday 11th May, 1:30pm
Note different time & location
Supernovae Relic Neutrino Searches at SuperKamiokande

Matthew Malek (Imperial College)
Joint seminar with
particle physics
* SLT *
Monday 23rd May, 2pm On the mass-to-light ratios of fossil groups: Are they simply dark clusters?

Eduardo Cypriano (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Graham Smith W117
Wednesday 1st June, 2pm Fractal Bellwethers: Self-Similarity in Galaxy Clusters

Ben Maughan (University of Bristol)
Ewan O'Sullivan W117

2010

DateEventHostLocation
Wednesday 27th Jan, 2pm
"Holographic ghost imaging"

Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow
Andreas Freise W106
Wednesday 27th Jan, 2pm
"Holographic ghost imaging"

Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow
Andreas Freise W106
Wednesday 10th Feb, 2pm
*extragalactic seminar*
"Measuring dark matter and dark energy using gravitational lensing"

Lindsay King, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Trevor Ponman W106
Wednesday 24th Feb, 2pm
"From simulations to observations: synthetic HI observations of spiral galaxies and synthetic galactic plane surveys"

David Acreman, University of Exeter
Ian Stevens W106
Wednesday 10th March, 2pm
"Cosmological model selection"

Andrew Liddle, University of Sussex
Trevor Ponman W106
Wednesday 14th Apr National Astronomy Meeting
- no seminars -
Wednesday 21st April, 2pm
- Seminar cancelled due to flight disruptions -

W106
Thursday 13th May, 4pm
*NB different day & time*
"Data analysis and phenomenology of gravitational waves emitted by compact binary coalescences"

Riccardo Sturani, Universita' di Urbino / INFN
Alberto Vecchio W103
**Note change of room**
Wednesday 9th June, 2pm "The role of feedback in galaxy clusters"

Christopher Short, University of Sussex
Alastair Sanderson W106
Wednesday 20th Oct, 2pm
seminar postponed
Wednesday 3rd Nov, 2pm
Galaxies and Structure in the Early Universe

Elizabeth Stanway (University of Bristol)
Trevor Ponman W117
Wednesday 17th Nov, 2pm
The Supernova Early Warning System (SNEWS)

Alec Habig (University of Minnesota)
Somak Raychaudhury W117
Monday 29th Nov, 1pm
**Note: different day & time**
Probing the Cores of Neutron Stars

Trevor Sidery (University of Birmingham)
* W103 *
Wednesday 1st Dec, 2pm
The European Extremely Large Telescope: The World's Largest Eye on the Sky

Aprajita Verma (University of Oxford)
Graham Smith W117
Thursday 16th Dec, 1pm
Dark Matter in Galaxy Systems

Graham Smith (University of Birmingham)
Part of
dark matter awareness week
Physics
Library
Monday 20th Dec, 2pm seminar postponed due to bad weather

2009

DateEventHostLocation
Wednesday 28th Jan, 2pm
*NB change of venue*
"Dark Matter vs Modified Gravity: The State of Play"

Pedro Ferreira, University of Oxford
Alberto Vecchio Physics
Library
Tuesday 3rd Feb, 11am
*extragalactic seminar*
"The APEX SZ survey - first results and prospects"

Florian Pacaud, University of Bonn
W106
Wednesday 4th Feb, 2pm
*extragalactic seminar*
"The Soft X-ray Background from the Solar System to the Galactic Halo"

David Henley, University of Georgia
Physics
Library
Wednesday 25th Feb, 2:30pm *delayed start*
*NB change of venue*
"The Herschel Space Observatory (and Beyond)"

Matt Griffin, University of Cardiff
Mike Cruise Physics
Library
Wednesday 11th Mar, 2pm "Dwarf Galaxies in the Coma Cluster:
Downsizing, Environment and Chemical Evolution"

Russell Smith, University of Durham
Somak
Raychaudhury
W103
Wednesday 22nd Apr National Astronomy Meeting
- no seminars -
Wednesday 29th Apr, 2pm "Mapping the monster: using variability to get close to black holes"

Phil Uttley, University of Southampton
Trevor Ponman W103
Wednesday 6th May, 11am
*extragalactic seminar*
"Heating & cooling in galaxy clusters"

Arif Babul, University of Victoria
Physics
Library
Wednesday 13th May, 2pm "Evolution of galaxies in massive halos"

Yen-Ting Lin, IPMU, University of Tokyo
Alastair Sanderson W103
Tuesday 30th June, 11am
*extragalactic seminar*
"The evolution of galaxies via mergers"

Chanda Jog, IISc Bangalore
Somak
Raychaudhury
Physics
Library
Wednesday 8th July, 2pm
*extragalactic seminar*
"Extragalactic star formation activity"

Estelle Bayet, UCL
W103
Wednesday 28th Oct, 2pm "The Enigma of Red Spirals"

Karen Masters, ICG Portsmouth
Somak Raychaudhury W106
Tuesday 3rd Nov, 11am
*extragalactic seminar*
"Morphological evolution in galaxy clusters"

Yogesh Wadadekar, NCRA India
Somak Raychaudhury Room 229
Wednesday 4th Nov, 2pm
*extragalactic seminar*
"FIGGS: The Faint Irregular Galaxy GMRT Survey"

Jayaram Chengalur, NCRA/TIFR India
Somak Raychaudhury W106
Wednesday 11th Nov, **3pm**
"The changing nature of stellar coronae"

Moira Jardine, University of St. Andrews
Ian Stevens W106
Tuesday 8th Dec, 11am
*extragalactic seminar*
"From Cluster Centres to Filaments of Galaxies: Galaxy evolution on large scales"

Kevin Pimbblet, University of Queensland
Somak Raychaudhury *Room 229*
Wednesday 9th Dec, 2pm
"The nature and evolution of star forming galaxies across cosmic time"

Philip Best, Institute for Astronomy, ROE
Somak Raychaudhury W106
Friday 18th Dec, 1pm
*extragalactic seminar*
"Polarization Calibration for the next generation of radio telescopes"

Samuel George, University of Calgary
Alastair Sanderson *W103*

2008

DateEventLocation
Wednesday 6th February, 3pm "Exploring the formation of massive early-type galaxies"

Ignacio Ferreras, UCL/MSSL
Q12
Wednesday 20th February, 3pm "Cosmological distance indicators: past, present and future"

Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow
SLT
Wednesday 5th March, 3pm "Modelling the thermal history of baryons in groups and clusters"

Ian McCarthy, University of Durham
Q12
Wednesday 19th March, 3pm "Planet Searching at Long Wavelengths"

Jane Greaves, University of St. Andrews
SLT
Wednesday 2nd April National Astronomy Meeting - no seminars

Wednesday 9th April, 3pm "Stars, gas and dust in ellipticals: the mass-metallicity relation in different galactic components"

Antonio Pipino, University of Oxford
Q12
Wednesday 16th April, 3pm "Feedback in galaxy cluster cores"

Jeremy Sanders, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Q12
Wednesday 23rd April, 3pm "Galaxies Under the Cosmic Microscope"

Mark Swinbank, University of Durham
SLT
Wednesday 14th May, 2pm *NOTE: CHANGE OF TIME* "The XMM Cluster Survey"

Kathy Romer, University of Sussex
SLT
Wednesday 11th June, 3pm "Ultraluminous X-ray sources and bright X-ray pulsars"

Roberto Soria, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
SLT
Friday 27th June, 1pm How can our work contribute to solve the urgent problems of humankind?

Stefan Hild
Physics West, Library
DateEventHostLocation
Wednesday 15th Oct, 3pm
** change of time **
"The hidden population of galactic Super Star Clusters"

Simon Clark, Open University
Ian Stevens W103
Wednesday 29th Oct, 2pm No seminar this week

W103
Wednesday 12th Nov, 2pm "Sounding the stars with Kepler"

Bill Chaplin, University of Birmingham
W103
Wednesday 26th Nov, 2pm "Near-field cosmology with M31"

Scott Chapman, IOA Cambridge
Graham Smith W103
Wednesday 10th Dec, 2pm "Dark matter burning stars"

Malcolm Fairbairn, King's College London
Clive Speake W103

2007

DateEventLocation
Wednesday 10th January, 3pm Nuclei, accretion mode and feedback in radio galaxies

Martin Hardcastle, Hertfordshire
Q12
Wednesday 17th January, 2pm LISA Pathfinder

Markus Schulte, Imperial College
SLT
Wednesday 31st January, 3pm The origin of the emission-line nebulae around central cluster galaxies

Carolin Crawford, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Q12
Friday 9th February, 1pm "What's wrong with Physics?"

Emma Robinson and Ria Johnson
Q12
Wednesday 14th February, 2pm Gamma-ray bursts

Paul O'Brien, Leicester
SLT
Friday 23rd February, 1pm "Dimensions"

Mike Cruise
Q12
Wednesday 28th February, 3pm Multi-Wavelength Mapping of Star Formation in Early-Type Galaxies

Martin Bureau, University of Oxford
Q12
Friday 16th March, 1pm "What is the Scientific Method?"

Trevor Ponman
Q12
Monday 26th March, 12pm "Agenda GW background from SMBH binaries, predictions for pulsar timing arrays"

Alberto Sesana
Q12
Wednesday 28th March, 3pm Hunting for transiting extra-solar planets

Peter Wheatley, Warwick University
SLT
Wednesday 18th April National Astronomy Meeting - no seminar

Wednesday 25th April, 3pm Stellar populations in early-type galaxies

Patricia Sanchez-Blazquez, UCLan
Q12
Friday 11th May, 1pm "How to take astronomy to the people?"

Samuel George
Q12
Wednesday 16th May, 2pm Multi-wavelength observations of neutron stars - a review

Roberto Mignani, MSSL
SLT
Friday 25th May, 1pm "The shape of things to come: prospects for future progress in technology"

Alastair Sanderson
Q12
Friday 20th July, 1pm "Science vs Religion"

Smriti Mahajan and Walter Del Pozzo
Q12
Thursday 27th September, 1pm "Challenging the paradigm of galaxy formation with overluminous elliptical galaxies"

Elena D'Onghia, University of Zurich
Q12
Friday 12th October, 12:30pm LISA observations of supermassive black holes: parameter estimation using full post-Newtonian inspiral waveforms
Miquel Trias, UoB, Spain
Physics Library
Wednesday 17th October, 3pm "Sauron's Take on the Origin, Fate and Ionization of Gas in Early-type galaxies"

Marc Sarzi, University of Hertfordshire
Q12
Friday 19th October, 12:30pm The formation of ultra-compact binaries in globular clusters through stable mass transfer
Marc van der Sluys, Northwestern University
Physics Library
Tuesday 30th October, 2pm *NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE & ROOM* "From black holes to galaxy clusters: a panoramic view of (semi-analytic) galaxy formation"

Richard Bower, University of Durham
Q12
Friday 2nd November, 1pm "The Cultural Implications of Dark Energy" (see papers here and here)

Graham Smith
Q12
Friday 9th November, 12:30pm Scattered light problems in high precision interferometry
Stefan Hild, Birmingham
Physics Library
Wednesday 14th November NO EXTRAGALACTIC SEMINAR, due to IAP workshop

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Wednesday 28th November, 2pm "Building a Galaxy Cloud-by-Cloud"

Brad Gibson, University of Central Lancashire
SLT
Wednesday 12th December, 4pm *NOTE: CHANGE OF TIME* "Space Research at Birmingham-- the early years"

Peter Willmore, University of Birmingham
SLT
Wednesday 19th December, 2pm *NOTE: time changed to accommdate the School Christmas party at 3pm* "Two new Sunyaev Zel'dovich Experiments: OCRA and AMiBA"

Katy Lancaster, University of Bristol
Q12

2006

Activities are colour coded, as follows:
* ASR Group seminars
* Lunchtime discussions
* Extragalactic seminars
DateEventLocation
Wednesday 11th January 2006 First Results from SuperWASP

Rachel Street, Queen's University Belfast
Q12
Friday March 17th, 1pm The 2nd law and the development of the Universe

TJP
Q12
Monday April 3rd, 2pm Chandra spies on deviant clusters at 0.15 < z < 0.5

Ben Maughan (CfA)
Q12
Friday April 28th, 1pm Mach's Principle and the Equivalence Principle
Discussion Presentation
CCS
Q12
Wednesday 3rd May 2006, 2pm The black string braneworld: detecting extra dimensions with gravitational wave spectroscopy

Sanjeev Seahra, Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
SLT
Friday May 5th, 1pm Equations: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Useless

IRS
Q12
Wednesday 10th May 2006, 2pm JOINT HIROS / ASR SEMINAR
SuperWASP - the Super Wide Angle Search for Planets

Pierre Maxted, Keele University
SLT
Wednesday 31st May 2006, 2pm The Watt balance

Ian Robinson, NPL Fellow, National Physical Laboratory
SLT
Friday June 2nd, 1pm Looking at Sunsets

ADF
Q12
Wednesday June 7th 2006, 2pm The Dark Side of the Universe

Joseph Silk, University of Oxford
SLT
Friday 16th June, 1pm The Synthesis Project

Alan Whiting
Q12
Wednesday 27th September, 2pm The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope and search for high redshift radio sources.

Ishwara Chandra C.H., from the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune, India
SLT
Wednesday 4th October, 2pm Experiment to search for QED birefringence, pseudoscalar-photon interaction and Millicharged Fermions

Prof Wei-Tou Ni, Center for Gravitation and Cosmology, Department of Physics, China
SLT
Tuesday 17th October, 3pm Unravelling the morphologies of luminous compact galaxies using the HST/ACS GOODS survey

Abhishek Rawat, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune, India
Q12
Wednesday 18th October, 3pm Where do elliptical galaxies make their stars?

Sadegh Khochfar, University of Oxford
Q12
Tuesday 31st October, 2pm Probing cosmology with galaxy clusters - constraining dark energy with current and upcoming surveys

Subhabrata Majumdar, CITA, Toronto
Q12
Wednesday 1st November, 3pm The cosmological history of supermassive black holes

Lance Miller, Oxford
SLT
Wednesday 15th November, 3pm New constraints on star formation at z>7

Dan Stark, Caltech
SLT
Wednesday 29th November, 3pm Cold atomic gas in AGNs and intermediate-redshift proto-galaxies

Neeraj Gupta, GMRT
Q12
Friday 1st December, 1pm Creativity and scientific research

Somak Raychaudhury
Q12
Friday 15th December, 1pm The vacuum: A problem with nothing

Giles Hammond
Q12

2005

21st Jan - Future European initiatives in exoplanet studies by Glenn White, University of Kent

The European Space Agency has ambitious plans to detect and characterise the atmospheres and potential for habitability of planets orbiting around other stars. These studies will be complemented during this decade with the ESA/ESO Ground Based Nulling Interferometer experiment (GENIE - 2008), and in the next decade with the proposed launch of the DARWIN space interferometer (2016). A series of other missions are contained within the current programme; COROT (2006) will carry out astro-seismology, and attempt to detect rocky planets around other stars, GENIE (Ground based European Nulling Interferometer - 2008) will test out technologies for the future DARWIN Mission and search for exo-zodiacal discs and 'Hot Jupiters' using the VLTI interferometer; the proposed SMART-3 mission (2009) will test formation flying techniques and technologies for unconnected space interferometry; GAIA (2010) will search for low mass stellar companions and exoplanets occulting the star. ESA is currently drawing up its Cosmic Vision 2015 programme, which includes bold new initiatives in space interferometry and submm/far-infrared missions to study 'The Birth and Evolution of Planets and Stars', and 'The History & formation of Galaxies' (which includes high mass star formation). In this talk I will give a brief overview the current status of exoplanet science and spacecraft based interferometric systems; discuss the scientific and technical drivers of the currently planned missions; summarise current technological planning and science activities that are underway; and suggest ways that the UK community might become more involved. I will also discuss other applications of these systems and missions in studies of extragalactic and galactic objects, including quasars and their host galaxies, binary stars, galactic nuclei, brown dwarfs and fundamental stellar physics, contrasting this with science that we will hope to be doing with ALMA in the next few years.

16th Feb - The Thirty Meter Telescope Project by Warren Skidmore, Caltech

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project is engaged in a design and development phase. TMT is proposed as a private-public partnership of the California Institute of Technology and the University of California (partners in the earlier CELT design study), AURA (designers of the earlier GSMT concept), and the Canadian ACURA consortium (designers of the VLOT concept). The partners are developing a 30 meter diameter, finely segmented filled aperture telescope with seeing-limited and diffraction-limited capabilities to address the broad range of GSMT science goals. I will present the status of the site testing, telescope and instrument design.

23rd Feb - Constraints on the properties of high density matter from observations of neutron stars by John Miller, SISSA / Oxford University

Observations of the properties of neutron stars are now starting to place serious constraints on models of high density matter. In particular, this talk will consider implications from observations of the double pulsar and of systems which are claimed to contain neutron stars with masses well above the canonical 1.35 - 1.4 solar masses. Implications for gravitational-wave emission will be discussed.

9th March - From Supernova to Hypernova: Understanding Supernova Diversity by Philipp Podsiadlowski, Oxford University



4th - 8th April - National Astronomy Meeting



1st June - Growth and Decay of Substructure in Cold Dark Matter Halos by Andrew Benson, Oxford University

The growth of dark matter halos and the population of subhalos within them forms the backbone on which the process of galaxy formation takes place. A precise understanding of galaxy formation therefore requires a precise understanding of halos and their structure. I will discuss recent analytic work aimed at improving calculations of halo growth and of the evolution of the subhalo population, focussing on orbital parameters, tidal mass loss and two-body interactions.



19th October - Dark Galaxies by Jon Davies, Cardiff University

16th November - X-ray Binaries by Tom Maccarone, University of Southampton

30th November - White Dwarfs and Gravitational Waves by Tom Marsh, University of Warwick

2004

3rd December - Mass, radius and gravitational redshift determination for the neutron star 4U 1728-34 in X-ray bursts by Agnieszka Majczyna, Copernicus Astronomical Centre, Warsaw

10th November - Solar coronal heating by magnetic reconnection by Philippa Browning, UMIST

11th Oct - Twists and turns and seeing in the dark: Flexion and 3D Gravitational Lensing by David Bacon, IfA, Edinburgh

magnetosphere

LASCO

xmm

Coma_Xray

xray_jet

superwind