KICP Postdocs Symposia
 
Fall 2018 Postdocs Symposium
October 26, 2018 | 12:00 PM | ERC 401
12:00PM - 1:00PM   Lunch

1:00 - 1:30   Anne Gambrel

1:30 - 2:00   Yonatan (Yoni) Kahn
"Indirect detection of axion dark matter with neutron stars"
I will argue that axion dark matter may be detectable through narrow radio lines emitted from neutron stars. Neutron star magnetospheres host both a strong magnetic field and a plasma frequency that increases towards the neutron star surface. As the axions pass through the magnetosphere, they can resonantly convert into radio photons when the plasma frequency matches the axion mass, making the radio photon signal an analogue of indirect detection for axions. I will show sensitivity projection from a proposal recently submitted to the Green Bank radio telescope, which shows that a few hours of observation may provide sensitivity competitive with future ADMX runs in the mass range near 4 x 10-6 eV.

2:00 - 2:30   Dan Baxter
"Achieving Ultra-Low Background Detectors to Search for Dark Matter"
The quest to directly detect dark matter interactions has ushered in the era of ultra-low background experiments, able to search for unprecedentedly low event rates. This rapid advance in sensitive detector technologies must be matched by comparable advances in background controls and modeling. I will talk about some of the background controls being implemented today by various collaborations and show some clever new calibration techniques being used to better characterize detector performance.

2:30 - 3:00   David Martin
"The BEBOP radial velocity survey for circumbinary planets"
Planets orbiting two stars - circumbinary planets - are astrophysical gems. These triple systems expand our knowledge of both planet and binary formation, exhibit rapid, observable orbital dynamics and provide a unique observational probe of the habitable zone. However, our present knowledge is largely limited to a biased sample of a dozen transiting planets. I will demonstrate efforts to expand this field using radial velocities, by presenting the BEBOP survey. With over 7 years of HARPS and CORALIE data, we can reach a precision of a couple of metres per second. Using this, I will show work to answer fundamental questions about the circumbinary abundance, multiplicity and inclination distribution, with the latter being a key probe of various three-body dynamical processes. Applications will also be made to radial velocity reconnaissance of the future TESS and PLATO missions.

3:00 - 3:30   Coffee break

3:30 - 4:00   Colby Haggerty
"Relativistic Hybrid Simulations of Cosmic Ray Generation and Transport "
The generation and transport of Cosmic Rays (CR) is an inherently multiscale phenomenon. Linking the dynamics of a cold thermal background plasma with low density, relativistic CRs through the shared magnetic field requires modeling the physics of both populations. To better study these problems, we have developed a kinetic ion, fluid electron hybrid code to include relativistic ion dynamics (dHybridR). With dHybridR, we perform the first simulations of non relativistic collisionless shock, self-consistently accelerating relativistic ions. We document the effects of the transition of accelerated particles to relativistic velocities and we show that the shock develops a CR induced precursor which modifies the macroscopic shock quantities (i.e. compression ratio and shock speed). In addition to CR generation, we present simulations of CR transport and the associated streaming instabilities. We show that for weak CR currents, simulations initially agree with linear theory and that the thermal population is indirectly heated through landau damping.

4:00 - 4:30   Noah Kurinsky
"Challenges for Direct Detection of Electron-Recoiling Dark Matter"
I will give a brief overview of the measurement techniques and background challenges associated with the latest light dark matter experiments with a focus on the work being done in the Chicago area with DAMIC, SENSEI, and SuperCDMS, and discuss the path towards detecting fermionic dark matter down to the substructure limit (~4 keV). I will focus on the current limits set by semiconductor technologies, and then discuss how we improve the sensitivity of semiconductors and move below the eV-scale bandgaps. This talk will be part overview, part advertisement, and part crazy ideas.

4:30 - 5:00   Kimmy Wu

5:00 - 5:30   Christine Simpson
"Big challenges from little galaxies?"
I will give a brief overview of the challenges that dwarf and satellite galaxies present to LCDM and/or galaxy formation. I'll discuss the role simulations play in this area and what problems have been solved (some have!) and what issues remain. If there is any time left, I will discuss a few avenues forward for resolving these issues with numerical simulations and observations.

5:30 - 6:30   Wine & Cheese Reception



Related Links:
KICP Members: Daniel Baxter; Anne Gambrel; Yonatan Kahn; Noah Kurinsky; Christine Simpson; Kimmy (Wai Ling) Wu
 
Spring 2018 Postdocs Symposium
May 11, 2018 | 12:30 PM | ERC 401
Organizers: Chihway Chang, Marco Raveri

12:30 Lunch
13:00 Start of talks (5 x 10+5 min)
  • 13:00 - 13:15 Eric Oberla: Radio Arrays for Ultra High Neutrino Detection at the South Pole
  • 13:15 - 13:30 Rito Thakur: Playing with Sub-mm Photons
  • 13:30 - 13:45 Dan Scolnic: Host Galaxy Issues for Type Ia Supernova Cosmology
  • 13:45 - 14:00 Faustin Carter: Wirebonds? Really? For Ten Minutes?
  • 14:00 - 14:15 Chihway Chang: Cosmic Shear Archaeology
14:30 Coffe break
15:00 Other talks (5 x 10+5 min)
  • 15:00 - 15:15 Kimmy Wu: Fitting LCDM to SPT-SZ and SPTpol Data
  • 15:15 - 15:30 Andrew Long: It All Decays - The Depressing Fate of Life, the Universe, and Everything
  • 15:30 - 15:45 Ryan Thomas: Work on the DAMIC Project at Chicago
  • 15:45 - 16:00 Nicole Larsen: Mini-Broader Horizons Talk
16:15 Snacks and drinks


Related Links:
KICP Members: Ritoban Basu Thakur; Faustin Carter; Chihway Chang; Nicole Larsen; Andrew J. Long; Eric Oberla; Marco Raveri; Daniel M. Scolnic; Kimmy (Wai Ling) Wu
KICP Students: Ryan Thomas
 
Winter 2018 Postdocs Symposium
February 23, 2018 | 1:00 PM | ERC 401
Organizer: Christopher Tunnell

1:00 PM
Lunch
2:00 PM
Lightning talks
3:40 - 4:00 PM
Break
4:00 PM
Talks
5:00 PM
Dinner and networking/socializing


Related Links:
KICP Members: Christopher Tunnell
 
Fall 2017 Postdocs Symposium
October 20, 2017 | 9:30 AM | ERC 401
Organizer: Christopher Tunnell

09:30 AM
Andrew Long, "WIMPzillas through the Higgs Portal"
10:00 AM
Kimmy Wu, "Constraining Inflation with BICEP/Keck Array and the South Pole Telescope"
10:30 AM
Macarena Lagos, "Landscape of cosmological models"
11:00 - 11:25 AM
Coffee
11:25 AM
Kirit Karkare, "Beam Systematics in Degree-Scale CMB Polarization Measurements"
11:55 AM
Reed Essick, "Challenges and opportunities from routine gravitational wave detections"
12:25 PM
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Reed C. Essick; Kirit S. Karkare; Macarena Lagos; Andrew J. Long; Christopher Tunnell; Kimmy (Wai Ling) Wu
Scientific projects: BICEP2/The Keck Array/BICEP3; Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Spring 2017 Postdocs Symposium
May 25, 2017 | 10:30 AM | ERC 401
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee
11:00 - 11:25
Jonathan Richardson, "Performance of the 40m Bent-Arm Holometer Interferometers"
11:30 - 11:55
Nadia Marounina, "Role of the global water ocean on the evolution of Titan's primitive atmosphere"
12:00 - 12:25
Dan Scolnic, "The LSST SNIa Revolution?"
12:30 - 1:30
Lunch



Related Links:
KICP Members: Jonathan Richardson; Daniel M. Scolnic
 
Winter 2017 Postdocs Symposium
January 13, 2017 | 9:30 AM | ERC 401
Organizer: Ritoban Basu Thakur

09:30-10:00
Breakfast (continental breakfast)
10:00-10:25
Benjamin Montet - Characterizing Long-Term Stellar Variability with Kepler
10:25-10:50
Max Malacari - Using the atmosphere as a calorimeter: the atmospheric monitoring program at the Pierre Auger Observatory
10:50-11:10
break (coffee)
11:10-11:35
Ritoban Basu Thakur - Tales from the Pole: SPT3G update
11:35-12:00
Pete Barry - Instrumentation for next generation high z cosmology
12:30
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Peter Barry; Ritoban Basu Thakur; Maximus Malacari
Scientific projects: Pierre Auger Observatory (AUGER); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Fall 2016 Postdocs Symposium
December 2, 2016 | 9:30 AM | ERC 401
09:30 - 10:00
breakfast
10:00 - 10:25
Ian Wisher, "The HELIX Detector"
10:25 - 10:50
Sebastian Bocquet, "Galaxy Cluster Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope: On multi-wavelength mass calibration"
10:50 - 11:10
break
11:10 - 11:35
Marco Raveri, "The Effective Field Theory approach to gravitation on cosmological scales"
11:35 - 12:00
Yuanyuan Zhang, "From galaxy evolution to cosmology: a couple of topics on galaxy cluster science with the Dark Energy Survey"
12:00 - 1:30
lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Sebastian Bocquet; Marco Raveri; Ian Wisher; Yuanyuan Zhang
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Spring 2016 Postdocs Symposium
May 27, 2016 | 9:20 AM | ERC 401
Organizer: Jason Henning

9:20 - 9:50
Coffee/Breakfast
9:50 - 10:15
Christopher Sheehy - "Delensing BICEP/Keck data with SPTpol and CIB"
10:15 - 10:40
Ben Farr - "Characterization of GW transients in Advanced LIGO"
10:40 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Jason Henning - "CMB Polarization from the 500 Square-Degree SPTpol Survey"
11:25 - 11:50
Richard Saldanha - "XENON1T: Status, Prospects, and Calibration"
11:50
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Ben Farr; Jason Henning; Richard Saldanha; Christopher D. Sheehy
Scientific projects: BICEP2/The Keck Array/BICEP3; South Pole Telescope (SPT); XENON1T
 
Winter 2016 Postdocs Symposium
February 19, 2016 | 9:00 AM | ERC 401
Organizer: Hayato Motohashi

9:00 - 9:30
Coffee/Breakfast
9:30 - 9:55
Elise Jennings, "Disentangling redshift-space distortions & nonlinear bias"
9:55 - 10:20
Faustin Carter, "Resonators, Transmission lines, and the South Pole Telescope 3G Upgrade"
10:20 - 10:45
Austin Joyce, "Gravity from the bottom up"
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Vinu Vikram, "A Measurement of the Galaxy Group-Thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect Cross-Correlation Function"
11:25 - 11:50
Nan Li, "Applications of the Simulations of Gravitational Lensing in Cosmology"
11:50 - 12:15
Toshihiro Fujii, "UHECR Astrophysics: Present and Perspectives"
12:15
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Faustin Carter; Toshihiro Fujii; Elise Jennings; Austin Joyce; Nan Li; Hayato Motohashi; Vinu Vikram
 
Fall 2015 Postdocs Symposium
October 30, 2015 | 9:00 AM | ERC 401
Organizers: Jason Henning, Silvia Galli, Hayato Motohashi

9:00 - 9:30
Coffee/Breakfast
9:30 - 9:55
Adam Anderson: "Sterile neutrino searches with sounding-rocket-borne x-ray microcalorimeters"
9:55 - 10:20
Samuel Flender: "Simulations of the pairwise kinematic Sunyaev-Zeldovich signal"
10:20 - 10:45
Zhen Hou: "Study Gravitational Lensing of the Cosmic Microwave Background by Galaxy Clusters"
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Cosmin Deaconu: "Evaluating directional sensitivity of low-pressure CF4 dark matter Detectors"
11:25 - 11:50
Aurélien Benoit-Lévy: "Recent developments on CMB lensing"
11:50 - 12:15
David Staszak: "Measuring cosmic-ray electrons to TeV energies with VERITAS"
12:15
Lunch



Related Links:
KICP Members: Adam Anderson; Cosmin Deaconu; Samuel Flender; Silvia Galli; Jason Henning; Zhen Hou; Hayato Motohashi; David Staszak
Scientific projects: Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)
 
Spring 2015 Postdocs Symposium
June 5, 2015 | 9:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Christopher D. Sheehy

9:00 - 9:30
Coffee and Pastries
9:30 - 9:55
Hayato Motohashi - "Causal structure in self-accelerating massive gravity"
9:55 - 10:20
Dan Grin - "Ultra-light axions and the CMB"
10:20 - 10:45
Christopher Sheehy - "Ground based CMB spectral distortions"
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Marilena LoVerde - "Neutrino clustering in cold dark matter halos"
11:25 - 11:50
Adam Mantz - "Galaxy cluster grab-bag"
Noon
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Daniel Grin; Marilena LoVerde; Adam Mantz; Hayato Motohashi; Christopher D. Sheehy
 
Winter 2015 Postdocs Symposium
March 19, 2015 | 9:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizers: Christopher D. Sheehy, Bradford A. Benson, Tim Linden, Austin Joyce, Daniel Grin

9:00 - 9:30
Coffee/Breakfast
9:30 - 9:55
Zhen Hou - "Reconstructing the cluster mass profile from CMB lensing"
9:55 - 10:20
Amy Bender - "SPT-3G readout electronics: design and commissioning"
10:20 - 10:45
Tongyan Lin - "Radiation from the dark sector"
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Ben Loer - "SuperCDMS status and plans"
11:25 - 12:15
Keith Bechtol and Alex Drlica-Wagner - "The search for Milky Way satellite galaxies: from optical to gamma rays"
12:15
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Amy Bender; Bradford A. Benson; Alex Drlica-Wagner; Daniel Grin; Zhen Hou; Austin Joyce; Tongyan Lin; Tim Linden; Christopher D. Sheehy
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Fall 2014 Postdocs Symposium
December 5, 2014 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizers: Daniel Grin, Christopher D. Sheehy, Austin Joyce, Tim Linden, Bradford A. Benson

Schedule:
9:30 - 9:35
Coffee / light breakfast
9:35 - 10:00
Elise Jennings
10:00 - 10:25
Vinu Vikram
10:25 - 10:50
Daniel Scolnic
10:50 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:25
Jason Henning
11:25 - 11:50
Benjamin Farr
11:50 - 12:10
Lunch break
12:10 - 12:35
Jason Gallicchio
12:35 - 1:00
TBA


Related Links:
KICP Members: Bradford A. Benson; Ben Farr; Jason Gallicchio; Daniel Grin; Jason Henning; Elise Jennings; Austin Joyce; Tim Linden; Daniel M. Scolnic; Christopher D. Sheehy; Vinu Vikram
 
Spring 2014 Postdocs Symposium
April 25, 2014 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Keith Bechtol

Schedule:
9:30 - 9:35
Coffee / light breakfast
9:35 - 10:00
Richard Saldanha: Status of the DarkSide dark matter detector
10:00 - 10:25
Alvaro Chavarria: Status of DAMIC: A detector for low-mass WIMPs
10:25 - 10:50
Tongyan Lin: Flavored dark matter and the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess
10:50 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:25
Marilena LoVerde: Neutrinos and large-scale structure
11:25 - 11:50
Lindsey Bleem: Cluster cosmology with the South Pole Telescope
11:50 - 12:10
Lunch break
12:10 - 12:35
Stephen Hoover: Lensing B-mode measurements with SPTpol
12:35 - 1:00
Chris Sheehy: BICEP2 instrumental systematics


Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Lindsey Bleem; Alvaro Chavarria; Stephen Hoover; Tongyan Lin; Marilena LoVerde; Richard Saldanha; Christopher D. Sheehy
Scientific projects: BICEP2/The Keck Array/BICEP3; Depleted Argon cryogenic Scintillation and Ionization Detection (DarkSide); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Winter 2014 Postdocs Symposium
February 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Tongyan Lin

Symposium program:
9:00 - 9:30
Coffee/Breakfast
9:30 - 9:55
Doug Watson, "The Dark Side of Galaxy Formation"
9:55 - 10:20
Daniel Grin, "Some new isocurvature directions"
10:20 - 10:45
Toshihiro Fujii, "Observations of the Universe's Highest Energetic Particles"
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Austin Joyce, "Symmetry breaking in the sky"
11:25 - 11:50
Nan Li, "Simulations of Strong Gravitational Lensing"
11:50 - 12:15
Russell Neilson, "Detecting Dark Matter with Bubble Chambers"
12:15
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Toshihiro Fujii; Daniel Grin; Austin Joyce; Nan Li; Tongyan Lin; Russell Neilson; Douglas F. Watson
 
Fall 2013 Postdocs Symposium
November 15, 2013 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Keith Bechtol

Symposium program:

9:30 - 9:35
Coffee / Light Breakfast
9:35 - 10:00
Jeff Grube: "Improving the Performance of VERITAS"
10:00 - 10:25
Brett McArthur: "TeV Observations of Galactic objects with VERITAS"
10:25 - 10:50
Andrew McCann: "Tests of Fundamental Physics with Pulsars"
10:50 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Hayato Motohashi: "Cosmology in f(R) Gravity with Massive Neutrinos"
11:25 - 11:50
Adam Mantz: "Weighing the Giants: Galaxy Cluster Cosmology Anchored by Gravitational Lensing"
11:50 - 12:10
Lunch Break (Taco buffet)
12:10 - 12:35
Tim Linden: "Indirect Detection Signals from Self-Interacting Dark Matter"
12:35 - 1:00
Keith Bechtol: "Photometric Calibration and Finding Milky Way Substructures with the DES Stellar Catalog"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Tim Linden; Adam Mantz; Andrew McCann; Hayato Motohashi
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES); Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)
 
Spring 2013 Postdocs Symposium
June 7, 2013 | 11:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Stephen Hoover

This quarter's Postdoc Symposium will be on June 7 at 11 AM.

The program:
11:00 - 11:25
Alvaro Chavarria: "DAMIC: Dark Matter in CCDs"
11:25 - 11:50
Tongyan Lin: "Model independent searches for dark matter at the LHC"
11:50 - 12:15
Clarence Chang: TBA
12:15 - 12:40
Yuko Kakazu: "Kinematics and metallicity studies of star-forming galaxies at z=0 -- 6"
12:40 - 1:05
Oscar Agertz: "Modeling star formation and feedback in galaxy formation simulations"
1:05
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Oscar Agertz; Clarence L. Chang; Alvaro Chavarria; Stephen Hoover; Yuko Kakazu; Tongyan Lin
 
Winter 2013 Postdocs Symposium
March 15, 2013 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Reinabelle Reyes

This quarter's Postdoc Symposium will be on March 15, 9:30AM-12PM.

The program:
09:30-09:55
Stephen Hoover - Measuring the Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background
09:55-10:20
Reina Reyes - Is LambdaCDM consistent with the Tully-Fisher relation
10:20-10:45
Suman Bhattacharya
10:45-11:10
Ali Vanderveld - Weak lensing with the Euclid mission
11:10-11:35
Peter Adshead

Lunch, followed by Friday noon seminar (Megan Eckart)

Related Links:
KICP Members: Peter Adshead; Suman Bhattacharya; Stephen Hoover; Reinabelle Reyes; Ali Vanderveld
 
Fall 2012 Postdocs Symposium
December 6, 2012 | 10:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Reinabelle Reyes

On Thursday 6 December, we will host the Fall 2012 Postdoc symposium in the LASR conference room. It will take place from 10AM pm to 12:30PM. After the talks, we will all have pizza for lunch.

Speakers:
(20-minute talk, with ~5 minutes for questions)
  • Keith Bechtol,"Contribution of Hadronic Processes to the Isotropic Diffuse Gamma-ray Background"
  • Doug Watson,"On the relation between satellite and central galaxies and their host dark matter halos since z=2"
  • Mark Wyman, "Massive gravity: solutions and perturbations"
  • Andrew McCann, "Giant Radio Pulses: A search for correlated incoherent emission"
  • Marilena LoVerde


Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Marilena LoVerde; Andrew McCann; Reinabelle Reyes; Douglas F. Watson; Mark Wyman
 
Spring 2012 Postdocs Symposium
June 1, 2012 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizers: Anupreeta More, Oscar Agertz, Ali Vanderveld, Peter Adshead

On Friday June 1, we will host the Spring Postdoc symposium in the LASR conference room. It will take place from from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM followed by lunch.

Schedule:
9:30-9:55
Maria Monasor, "Microwave detection of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays"
9:55-10:20
Jeff Grube, "VERITAS observations of Galactic particle accelerators"
10:20-10:45
Stephen Hoover, "The Birth of SPTpol"
10:45-10:55
Break
10:55-11:20
Brad Benson, "SPT-3G: Building the Science Case and the Design for the Next Generation Camera on SPT"
11:20-11:45
Yuko Kakazu, "Deep Spectroscopy of High-redshift (4 < z < 6) galaxies in the COSMOS field
11:45-12:10
Suman Bhattacharya, "Dark Matter Halo Profilesof Massive Clusters: Theory vs. Observations"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Peter Adshead; Oscar Agertz; Bradford A. Benson; Suman Bhattacharya; Stephen Hoover; Akito Kusaka; Maria Monasor; Anupreeta More; Ali Vanderveld
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope (SPT); Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)
 
Winter 2012 Postdocs Symposium
March 15, 2012 | 1:30 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Oscar Agertz

On Thursday 15 March, we will host the next Postdoc symposium in the LASR conference room. It will take place from 1.30 pm to 5 pm. There will be food and snacks in the beginning and pizza at the end.
Speakers:
  • Craig Booth, "Feedback and Galaxy Formation: From Small Scales to Large"
  • Claudio Ugalde, "The Superheated Target for Astrophysics Research"
  • Surhud More, "How accurate is our knowledge of the galaxy bias?"
  • Rahul Biswas, "Topics in Supernova Cosmology"
  • Peter Adshead, "Chromo-Natural Inflation"
  • Will High, "Weak gravitational lensing by galaxy clusters in the South Pole Telescope survey"
  • Michael Solontoi, TBA
  • Eduardo Rozo, "A Fully Self-Consistent Picture of Galaxy Cluster Abundances and Optical, X-ray, and SZ Scaling Relations"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Peter Adshead; Oscar Agertz; Craig Booth; Fredrick W. High; Surhud More; Eduardo Rozo; Claudio Ugalde
 
Fall 2011 Postdocs Symposium
December 8, 2011 | 2:00 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Oscar Agertz

Schedule (20 + 5 minute talks):
2:00 - 2:15
Coffee and cookies
2:15 - 2:40
Elise Jennings: "Testing LCDM using the large scale structure of the Universe"
2:40 - 3:05
Ali Vanderveld: "Testing the smooth dark energy paradigm with weak lensing"
3:05 - 3:30
Reina Reyes: "Disk galaxy masses: constraints on DM and stellar mass content from galaxy kinematics and weak lensing"
3:30 - 3:50
Break
3:50 - 4:15
Oscar Agertz: "Stellar feedback in cosmological simulations"
4:15 - 4:40
Andrew McCann: "The First VHE Gamma-ray Pulsar"
4:40 -
Pizza!


Related Links:
KICP Members: Oscar Agertz; Elise Jennings; Andrew McCann; Reinabelle Reyes; Ali Vanderveld
 
Spring 2011 Postdocs Symposium
June 10, 2011 | 12:00 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Eric Dahl

Speakers:
(15-20 ) + 5 minute talks
Luis Reyes
"The turn-on of a gamma-ray blazar"
Surhud More
"Friends-of-friends algorithm: a percolation theory perspective"
Doug Spolyar
"TeV Inflation"
Benjamin Rouille d'Orfeuil
"EeV Neutron Astronomy"
Stephen Hoover
"When a Continent Is Your Detector: Cosmic rays in Antarctica"
Jennifer Sobeck
"Galactic Chemodynamics"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Eric Dahl; Surhud More; Luis C. Reyes; Benjamin Rouille d'Orfeuil; Jennifer Sobeck; Douglas Spolyar
 
Winter 2011 Postdocs Symposium
March 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Eric Dahl

Speakers:
(15-20 ) + 5 minute talks
  • Eric Switzer, "Understanding the z~1 universe with 21 cm emission"
  • Akito Kusaka, "Systematic error in QUIET (good and bad examples)"
  • Keren Sharon, "Results from the largest cluster lens surveys: SDSS and RCS2 giant arcs surveys"
  • Mark Wyman, "Massive gravity modifications to gravitational lensing"
  • Tom Plagge, "High-resolution Sunayev-Zel'dovich Cluster Observations with CARMA"
  • Will High, "SPT has an optical guy!"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Eric Dahl; Fredrick W. High; Akito Kusaka; Tom Plagge; Keren Sharon; Eric Switzer
Scientific projects: Q/U Imaging ExperimenT (QUIET); Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Fall 2010 Postdocs Symposium
December 10, 2010 | 9:30 AM | LASR 152
Speakers:
  • Eric Dahl, "WIMP Hunters: 6800 feet under the tundra"
  • Robert Feldman, "Revisiting star formation laws"
  • Kim Arvidsson, "Star-forming environments of three Galactic halo HII regions"
  • Michael Solonti, "Looking for lava in all the wrong places"
  • Maria Monasor, "From Auger to MIDAS: the ongoing search for the most energetic particles
  • Oscar Agertz, "Cosmological simulations of disk galaxy formation"
  • Eduardo Rozo, "LRG Selection and Weak Lensing"
  • Bradford Benson, "The History and the Future of Studying the Big Bang from the South Pole
  • Jared Mehl, "Building detectors for mm-wave astronomy"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Oscar Agertz; Bradford A. Benson; Eric Dahl; Robert Feldmann; Jared Mehl; Maria Monasor; Eduardo Rozo
 
Spring 2010 Postdocs Symposium
May 25, 2010 | 1:30 PM | LASR Conference room
Organizers: Keren Sharon, Maria Monasor

SCHEDULE:
1:30 - 1:45
Coffee and cookies
1:45 - 2:10
Doug Spolyar, "Neutrinos and dark matter"
2:15 - 2:40
Benjamin Rouille, "A few grams of matter in a bright world"
2:45 - 3:10
Amol Upadhye, "Modified gravity in a relativistic star"
3:10 - 3:30
Break
3:30 - 3:55
Carla Frohlich, "Nucleosynthesis Processes in Core Collapse Supernovae"
4:00 - 4:25
Jennifer Sobeck, "Far from ordinary: Chemical Abundances and the Characteristics of Stellar Populations"
4:30 - 4:55
Eduardo Rozo, "Measuring Cluster Masses With Stacked Weak Lensing"
5:00 -
.... Pizza, etc.


Related Links:
KICP Members: Maria Monasor; Benjamin Rouille d'Orfeuil; Eduardo Rozo; Keren Sharon; Jennifer Sobeck; Douglas Spolyar; Amol Ravindra Upadhye
 
Winter 2010 Postdocs Symposium
February 22, 2010 | 1:30 PM | LASR Conference
Organizer: Eduardo Rozo

The KICP and astronomy postdocs would like to announce a new initiative. Once per quarter (summer quarter excluded), we will hold a postdoc symposium for one afternoon, during which time 8 of us will present some aspect of our current research.

The symposium is meant to be extremely informal, and we will aim to be super-clear and low-level: we want our presentations to be understandable by everyone!

Our first symposium will take place on Monday, Feb. 22, starting at 1:30 pm.
We'll have brief talks from 8 of our postdocs from 1:30 - 5:00 with a coffee break in the middle, and we will finish it off with some pizza, soda, and good company.

Schedule:
1:30-1:55
Benjamin Koester, "The Beginning of the End: Pinpointing the Galaxy Cluster Red Sequence from 0.1
1:55-2:20
Bradford Benson, "Learning About Clusters and Structure Formation using the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect"
2:20-2:45
Eric Switzer, "Counts Statistics of the Source Population Observed at Millimeter Wavelengths"
2:45-3:10
Jared Mehl, "Designing the Next Generation SPTpol Receiver"
3:10-3:30
Coffee break
3:30-3:55
Maria Beltran, "Maverick Dark Matter at Colliders"
3:55-4:20
Nahee Park, "High Energy Cosmic Ray Measurements with Balloon Experiments"
4:20-4:45
Sheng Wang, "Capturing Non-Gaussianity in Weak Lensing Surveys"
4:45-5:10
Surhud More, "Galaxy-Dark Matter Connection: A Visual Guide"


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KICP Members: Maria Beltran; Bradford A. Benson; Benjamin Koester; Jared Mehl; Surhud More; Nahee Park; Eduardo Rozo; Eric Switzer; Sheng Wang