Joint IAS Princeton University Astrophysics Colloquium

Sep
14
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

Soft Astronomy
Alice Quillen
11:00am|IAS, Wolfensohn Hall, Lecture Hall and via Zoom

Compact mass-spring models can measure remarkably small deformations while conserving angular momentum. We use them within an N-body code to simulate tidal evolution of viscoelastic spinning objects, tying simulated rheology to spin dynamics...

Sep
07
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

Cosmic magnetism from a computational perspective
Romain Teyssier
11:00am|IAS, Wolfensohn Hall and via Zoom

I will present a recent numerical study on the generation and the amplification of magnetic fields in the Universe. Through cosmological simulations of galaxy formation, we have studied the Biermann battery process that drives microscopic current...

Apr
20
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

Exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life
Ignas Snellen
11:00am|Virtual Meeting

Placing the solar system in the context of other planetary systems is one of the central objectives driving the study of extrasolar planets. One of the most fascinating questions in modern science is whether other life-bearing planets exist. In this...

Apr
13
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

Unveiling the secrets of Jupiter with the Juno mission
Yamila Miguel
11:00am|Virtual Meeting

With more than 4000 exoplanets found and about 2-dozens of planets with detected atmospheric chemical species, we moved from an era of discovery to a new era of exoplanet characterisation. On the other hand, extremely accurate measurements by Juno...

Apr
06
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

Protoplanetary Disk Structure and Young Planet Population
Zhaohuan Zhu
11:00am|Virtual Meeting

Recent ground based observations at various wavelengths reveal a variety of protoplanetary disk structures. These disk structures may help us to constrain the planet formation process. I will first discuss how to apply the planet-disk interaction...

Mar
23
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

The Nearby Universe - A Laboratory to Study the Cosmic Build-up of Dust and Metals in Galaxies
Julia Roman-Duval
11:00am|Virtual Meeting

A key component of the baryon cycle in galaxies is the cycle of metals between the gas and the dust phases in the neutral interstellar medium (ISM). How this cycle depends on environment (in particular metallicity and density) has important...

Mar
16
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

From galaxies to faces: recognizing the implications of Artificial Intelligence in astronomy and society
Brian Nord
11:00am|Virtual Meeting

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to a set of techniques that rely primarily on the data itself for the construction of a quantitative model. AI has arguably been in development for three quarters of a century, but there has been a recent...

Mar
02
2021

Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

Making Sense of Stellar Rotation in Low Mass Stars: Gyrochronology, Magnetism, and a Sun in Transition
Jennifer van Saders
12:30pm|Virtual Meeting

Stellar rotation carries a wealth of information about stellar populations. In particular, the technique of gyrochronology was developed to utilize the spin-down of stars as a function of time as an indicator of stellar age. Gyrochronology has the...