Past Pizza Lunches

Número de entradas: 145

23
Junio 2017

Magnetars: recent discoveries and a catalogue of their outbursts


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Francesco Coti Zelati (ICE)
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo

I will present recent X-ray observational results on two peculiar strongly magnetized isolated neutron stars: SGR 1745-2900, the closest pulsar to a black hole ever observed; 1E 161348–505, the slowest magnetar known at the centre of a supernova remnant. I will also show the results of a systematic…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Francesco Coti Zelati (ICE)
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo

I will present recent X-ray observational results on two peculiar strongly magnetized isolated neutron stars: SGR 1745-2900, the
closest pulsar to a black hole ever observed; 1E 161348–505, the slowest magnetar known at the centre of a supernova remnant. I will also show the results of a systematic study of all magnetar outbursts detected in the past 2 decades.
16
Junio 2017

Anatomy of the archetypal protostellar shock L1157-B1


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Gemma Busquet (Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (IEEC-CSIC))
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo, ICE

During the earliest protostellar stages of their formation, young stars generate fast collimated winds (or jets) which impact the parent molecular cloud through shock fronts.  Protostellar shocks play a crucial role in the chemical evolution of star-forming clouds because they induce in the surrounding…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Gemma Busquet (Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (IEEC-CSIC))
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo, ICE

During the earliest protostellar stages of their formation, young stars generate fast collimated winds (or jets) which impact the parent molecular cloud through shock fronts. 
Protostellar shocks play a crucial role in the chemical evolution of star-forming clouds because they induce in the surrounding medium large variation of temperature and density, which can locally activate endothermic gas-phase reactions, ionization processes, and evaporation/erosion of dust grains and their icy mantles. The nature and properties of these shocks and jets are a source of major debate. The launching mechanism of the jet, the role of the magnetic field, or the shock properties (i.e. ionization fraction) are some of the key questions that remain to be answered
Associated with a low-mass Class 0 protostar, L1157-B1 is a protostellar chemically rich bow-shock that has been extensively studied from the infrared to millimeter wavelengths.
In this talk I’ll review the most relevant aspects of protostellar shocks and for the particular case of the shock laboratory L1157-B1. I’ll also present the recent work we are conducting with several telescopes to obtain a comprehensive view of the bow-shock structure and shock chemistry. 
09
Junio 2017

Obtaining precipitation information from Polarimetric GNSS radio occultation observables


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Ramon Padullés Rulló (Institute of Space Sciences)
Lugar: Sala de Conferencias Alberto Lobo

The Earth observation satellite PAZ will be finally launched by the end of this year, thanks to the agreement signed between Hisdesat (the owner of the satellite) and SpaceX. PAZ will test the new Polarimetric Radio Occultation observation concept. During the last years, the theoretical framework of…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Ramon Padullés Rulló (Institute of Space Sciences)
Lugar: Sala de Conferencias Alberto Lobo

The Earth observation satellite PAZ will be finally launched by the end of this year, thanks to the agreement signed between Hisdesat (the owner of the satellite) and SpaceX. PAZ will test the new Polarimetric Radio Occultation observation concept. During the last years, the theoretical framework of the concept has been set, the feasibility of the technique has been proven and some applications have been investigated. In this talk I will briefly review the most relevant aspects of the technique, and I will focus on the characterization of the signal, describing the effects that electromagnetic waves emitted from the GPS undergo in their way to the receiver. A detailed set of simulations has been performed in order to test the performance of the retrieval algorithms, that allow us to obtain precipitation information from the differential phase measurements.  
02
Junio 2017

Challenges in Gravitational Wave Astronomy


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Carlos Sopuerta (ICE (CSIC-IEEC))
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo (ICE)

In this talk I will summarize the efforts to detect gravitational waves in the different frequency bands, describing what are the main challenges, not only from the point of view of instrumentation, but also from the point of view of data analysis and science exploitation.  This talk will be complementary…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Carlos Sopuerta (ICE (CSIC-IEEC))
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo (ICE)

In this talk I will summarize the efforts to detect gravitational waves in the different frequency bands, describing what are the main challenges, not only from the point of view of instrumentation, but also from the point of view of data analysis and science exploitation.  This talk will be complementary to the one given recently about LISA in a recent pizza seminar, and in this sense, only material not introduced there will appear.
26
Mayo 2017

Supernova or impostor?


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Nancy Elias-Rosa
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo

A fully consistent picture of the SNe progenitor evolution can't be found yet. Such scenario increases in complexity as deep and wide surveys, using latest generation instruments, discover new types of transients with unprecedented observational characteristics, for example, the wide heterogeneity…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Nancy Elias-Rosa
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo

A fully consistent picture of the SNe progenitor evolution can't be found yet. Such scenario increases in complexity as deep and wide surveys, using latest generation instruments, discover new types of transients with unprecedented observational characteristics, for example, the wide heterogeneity observed in interacting transients in the recent years. Still, the nature of these transients is largerly debated: Some are without doubt genuine core-collapse SNe, while others may be giant non-terminal outburst from luminous blue variables. The talk includes my contribution to this topic with data of the recent objects of study and the conclusions extracted from their analysis.
19
Mayo 2017

Clustering of halos in Lagrangian Space


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Kwan Chuen Chan
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo

To extract cosmological information from galaxy surveys, the galaxy bias must be understood. As galaxies are hosted within halos, we often take the more tractable step by first studying halo formation and its bias. The most popular theoretical approach to model halo formation and its bias starts in Lagrangian…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Kwan Chuen Chan
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo

To extract cosmological information from galaxy surveys, the galaxy bias must be understood. As galaxies are hosted within halos, we often take the more tractable step by first studying halo formation and its bias. The most popular theoretical approach to model halo formation and its bias starts in Lagrangian space, i.e. the initial condition. In this talk I will first review the modelling of the Lagrangian halos in a pedagogical manner. I then present some of the progress on the smoothing window for the Lagrangian halos and the Lagrangian bias consistency relations, which enable us to extract the halo formation physics from the clustering properties.
12
Mayo 2017

Singularities in cosmology: theory and observations


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Diego Sáez Gómez
Lugar: Sala de Conferencias Alberto Lobo

As pointed by the observations, the Universe expansion is increasing its speed. Nevertheless, how this acceleration works is still a mystery that has been called dark energy. On the other hand, General Relativity contains inherently singularities, which refer to singular points of the spacetime, i.e.…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Diego Sáez Gómez
Lugar: Sala de Conferencias Alberto Lobo

As pointed by the observations, the Universe expansion is increasing its speed. Nevertheless, how this acceleration works is still a mystery that has been called dark energy. On the other hand, General Relativity contains inherently singularities, which refer to singular points of the spacetime, i.e. geodesically incomplete spacetimes according to the usual definitions by Hawking and Ellis. Over the last years, some proposed dark energy models drive the universe towards one of these future "singularities", near which the laws of physics lose their validity. In this talk, I will review and show the physical features of these singularities and present a new one that encompasses all the future singularities. Then, I will present several phenomenological parameterizations of the Hubble expansion rate to model different types of singularities and use SN Ia, BAO and H(z) data to constrain how far in the future the singularity may be, and how good the models are in comparison with the concordance model in cosmology.
05
Mayo 2017

The gravitational capture of compact objects with supermassive black holes


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Pau Amaro Seoane (Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC-IEEC))
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo (ICE building, Campus UAB)

One of the most interesting sources of gravitational waves for space-borne missions is the inspiral of compact objects on to a massive black hole (MBH), commonly referred to as an "extreme-mass ratio inspiral". The small object, typically a stellar black hole, emits significant amounts of GW along…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Pau Amaro Seoane (Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC-IEEC))
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo (ICE building, Campus UAB)

One of the most interesting sources of gravitational waves for space-borne missions is the inspiral of compact objects on to a massive black hole (MBH), commonly referred to as an "extreme-mass ratio inspiral". The small object, typically a stellar black hole, emits significant amounts of GW along each orbit in the detector bandwidth. In my talk I will review the most significant advances in our understanding of the astrophysics of this process. In particular, I will present new rates and the confirmation that EMRIs formed via two-body relaxation dominate them. I will also show that, contrary to those formed below a hundreth of a parsec via resonant relaxation, two-body relaxation EMRIs are not blocked.
28
Abril 2017

CosmoHub on Hadoop: a web portal to analyze and distribute massive cosmological data


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Jorge Carretero (PIC )
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo (ICE building, Campus UAB)

We present CosmoHub, a web platform to perform interactive analysis of massive cosmological data without any SQL knowledge. CosmoHub is built on top of Apache Hive, which is an Apache Hadoop ecosystem component, which facilitates reading, writing, and managing large datasets.   CosmoHub is…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Jorge Carretero (PIC )
Lugar: Sala Alberto Lobo (ICE building, Campus UAB)

We present CosmoHub, a web platform to perform interactive analysis of massive cosmological data without any SQL knowledge. CosmoHub is built on top of Apache Hive, which is an Apache Hadoop ecosystem component, which facilitates reading, writing, and managing large datasets.   CosmoHub is hosted at the Port de Informació Científica (PIC) and currently provides support to several international cosmology projects such as the Euclid space ESA mission, the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Physics of the Accelerated Universe (PAU) and the Marenostrum Institut de Ciències de l'Espai Simulations (MICE). More than two billion objects, from public and private data, as well as observed and simulated data, are available among all projects. In the last three an a half years more than 400 users have produced about 1500 custom catalogs occupying 2TB in compressed format.

CosmoHub allows users to access value-added data, to load and explore pre-built datasets and to create their own custom datasets through a guided process. All those datasets can be interactively explored using an integrated visualization tool which includes 1D histogram and 2D heatmap plots. In our current implementation, online analysis of datasets of a billion objects can be done in less than 25 seconds. Finally, all those datasets can be downloaded in three different formats: CSV.BZ2, FITS and ASDF.
21
Abril 2017

LISA: Past, Present, and Future


Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Carlos Sopuerta
Lugar: Sala de Conferencies Alberto Lobo

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna is a mission concept for a space-based gravitational-wave observatory that is very likely going  to be adopted by the European Space Agency for its future third L-class mission.  In this talk I will briefly go through the history of this mission, its main features…
Inicio: 12:00h
Ponente: Carlos Sopuerta
Lugar: Sala de Conferencies Alberto Lobo

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna is a mission concept for a space-based gravitational-wave observatory that is very likely going  to be adopted by the European Space Agency for its future third L-class mission.  In this talk I will briefly go through the history of this mission, its main features and the powerful science program that can be carried out.  
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