IMPRS seminar winter term 2007/08

The IMPRS seminar provides a central meeting opportunity for all IMPRS students in order to exchange ideas and experience from different research areas.
In the winter term, the IMPRS seminar is held as a "Oberseminar", ie. as literature seminar with presentations of current research highlights and of fundamental papers in the astrophysics literature.
In the summer term, the IMPRS seminar is held as an advanced research seminar ("Fortgeschrittenenseminar") with presentations of the ongoing thesis projects.
After the 1st academic year of an IMPRS generation, the IMPRS seminar continues in the 2nd year as a seminar workshop - an external retreat of 3-4 days during which students present an update of their thesis projects.

Visitors are welcome! The seminar is open for non-IMPRS students.

The IMPRS seminar winter term 2007/08, Oberseminar:
Location: Seminar room 1, physics building, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 3-5 (Faculty building)
Date: Thursday, 17:15
Docents: PD Ch. Fendt (CF) ; Prof. B. Fuchs (BF) ;
Prof. K. Meisenheimer (KM) ; Prof. J. Wambsganss (JKW)
Please, prepare for a 20 - 30 min presentation plus 10 min discussion
IMPRS will check for regular attendence

Seminar schedule (as of Oct. 19, 2007):
Date Speaker Topic Tutor
18/10 Fendt / Meisenheimer Discussion / allocation of talks
25/10 Kelly Foyle The initial mass function of stars (Kroupa 2002, Science; Salpeter 1955, ApJ) CF
25/10 Baybars Kuelebi GAIA: Composition, formation and evolution of the Galaxy (Perryman et al. 2001, A&A) CF
01/11 no seminar All Saints Day
08/11 Leonard Burtscher The center of the Milky Way JKW
15/11 Nikolay Nikolov Astrobiology: The study of the living universe (Chyba & Hand 2005, Ann.Rev.A&A) CF
22/11 Nicola Da Rio Dwarfs cooler than M ....
(Kirkpatrick etal. 1999, ApJ; Chiu etal. 2006, AJ)
22/11 Maximiliano Moyano Nonthermal radiation processes: Synchrotron and inverse Compton KM
29/11 no seminar Guest lecture by Prof. Jay Gallagher
06/12 Christoph Federrath Toward understanding massive star formation (?) (Zinnecker & Yorke 2007, Ann.Rev.A&A) CF
06/12 Andras Zsom Population III stars
13/12 Giovanni Natale The dichotomy between red and blue galaxies: past and present KM
13/12 Ioanna Arka Theory of brown dwarfs and giant planets
(Burrows et al. Rev.Mod.Physics 65, 2001)
20/12 Olga Zacharopoulou How to tell a jet from a balloon: GRB beaming
(Rhoads 1997, 1999, ApJ)
no seminar X-mas break
10/01 Benjamin Moster WMAP: Microwave background results after 3 years KM
10/01 Christoph Deil Black holes in binary systems. Observational appearance (Shakura & Sunyaev 1973, A&A, Shakura 1973, SvA) CF
17/01 Massimo Viola Testing general relativity with pulsar timing (Stairs, 2003, Living Reviews) CF
17/01 Tatiana Vasyunina Extrasolar planets JKW
24/01 Peter Melchior Weak-lensing mass reconstruction of the interacting cluster 1E 0657-558: Direct evidence for the existence of Dark Matter (Clowe et al. 2004, ApJ) BF
24/01 Christine Ruhland The Geneva-Copenhagen survey of the Solar neighbourhood CF
31/01 Ronny Geisler Science Results Enabled by SDSS Astrometric Observations (Ivezic et al. 2007, a-ph) BF
31/01 Hsiang-Hsu Wang What amplifies the spirals (Toomre 1981) BF
07/02 Osvaldo Aquines Gamma Ray Bursts (Meszaros 2001) JW
07/02 Ekaterina Luettjohann The Disk Mass of Spiral Galaxies (Salucci et al. 2007, a-ph) BF
14/02 Olaf Schulz Particle acceleration in shocks KM
14/02 Sophia Lianou Missing Mass in Collisional Debris (Bournaud et al. 2007, Science) BF
14/02 Denija Crnojevic Our peculiar motion away from the Local Void (Tully et al. 2007, a-ph) BF