IMPRS seminar winter term 2009/10

This is the webpage for the IMPRS seminar winter term 2009/2010 ("Oberseminar").

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 students presenting their ongoing thesis project.
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 2009/10 (Oberseminar):
Location: Seminar room 1, physics building, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 3-5 (Faculty building)
Date: Thursday, 17:15
Tutors: Christian Fendt (CF); Thorsten Lisker (TL);
Klaus Meisenheimer (KM); Andreas Quirrenbach (AQ)
Please, prepare for a 20 - 30 min presentation plus 10 min discussion
IMPRS will check for regular attendence

Seminar schedule (preliminary):
Date Speaker Topic Tutor
15/10 Discussion / allocation of talks
15/10 Christian Fendt IMPRS rules & issues
22/10 Natalie Raettig Recurrent gas accretion by massive star clusters, multiple stellar populations and .... (Pflamm-Altenburg & Kroupa 2009) TL
22/10 Tessel van der Laan From star clusters to dwarf galaxies: properties of dynamically hot stellar systems (Dabringhausen et al. 2009) TL
29/10 Philipp Girichidis Physics of Neutron stars (Lattimer & Prakash Science 2004) CF
29/10 Raoul Haschke The Galactic Center (Genzel etal. 2003, Nat.425, Eckart etal. 2006, ESO Mess.) KM
05/11 Meiert Grootes Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing (Stairs, Living Rev.2003) CF
05/11 Crystal Brasseur The structure and dark matter content of cluster dwarf spheroidals (Penny etal. 2009) TL
12/11 Oleksiy Golubov Black holes in binary systems (Shakura & Sunyaev, A&A 1973, Shakura SvA 1973) CF
19/11 Chia-Chun Lu The Chemical Composition of the Sun (Asplund etal. 2009, ARAA 47) AQ
19/11 Rene Andrae WMAP: Microwave background results after 5 years (Hinshaw etal. 2009, ApJS) KM
26/11 no seminar Camenzind & Roeser retirement
03/12 Ellen Simmat Darwin - A Mission to Detect & Search for Life on Extrasolar Planets (Cockell etal.2009, Astrobiology 9) AQ
03/12 Faviola Molina What makes a planet habitable? (Lammer etal. 2009), Astron Astrophys Rev 17 AQ
10/12 Jochen Tackenberg The evolution of spiral, S0, & elliptical galaxies in clusters (Poggianti etal. 2009) TL
10/12 Natalia Kudryavtseva Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Swift Era (Gehrels etal. 2009) AQ
17/12 Ervin Kafexhiu Energy spectrum of cosmic-ray electrons at TeV energies (Aharonian etal. 2008) AQ
17/12 Aram Giahi Direct imaging of multiple planets orbiting the star HR 8799 AQ
no seminars X-mas break
14/01 Iwona Mochol Shock Acceleration (Bell 1978, MNRAS 182) KM
14/01 Gustavo Dopcke Theory of brown dwarfs and giant planets (Burrows et al. RMP 65, 2001) CF
21/01 Federica Capranico The formation of galactic disks (Mo etal. 1998) KM
21/01 Daniel Seifried The star formation law in galactic disks KM
28/01 Sebastian Kern The initial mass function of stars (Kroupa, Sci 2002, Salpeter, ApJ 1955) CF
28/01 Mathias Jaeger Resolving cosmic structure formation with the Millenium=II Simulation (Boylan-Kolchin et al. 2009) TL