Keele Astrophysics Group

Seminar Programme

The seminars are on Wednesdays at 4.00 p.m. in the Lennard-Jones lecture hall (LJ1.75) and sometimes in the LJ Library (LJ1.25). All welcome.

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2016/17 Programme

  • 24 May 2017

    Emily Brunsden (York University): Spectroscopic Mode Identification of Gamma Doradus Stars

    Asteroseismology is the study of pulsations in stars. Pulsations occur in most types of stars, in most times of their lives, but one type of pulsation, in some classes of star, offers something special. The pulsations in Doradus stars are non-radial g-modes, where the restoring force is gravity. The physical origin of the pulsations means the pulsations propagate very deep, probing the stellar interior. This talk will present the approach of spectroscopic time-series observations of the stars, how we characterise the multi-periodic variations and determine the surface geometry of the pulsation. With now a couple of dozen stars analysed in this way I will discuss early trends observed for main sequence pulsators and the future of this work as it complements the wealth of photometric observations.

  • If you would like to give a talk in our seminar programme, please contact Nick Wright (n.j.wright AT

Past seminars (2016/17)

  • 12 October 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Giovanni Rosotti
    University of Cambridge
    Studying planet formation in the era of ALMA

  • 26 October 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Saida Caballero-Nieves
    Sheffield University
    A Binary View of Massive Stars

  • 9 November 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Jose Groh
    Trinity College Dublin
    The surprising look of massive stars before death

  • 23 November 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Katharine Johnston
    Leeds University
    Accretion disks around massive stars: the revolution with ALMA

  • 7 December 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Chris Copperwheat
    Liverpool John Moores University
    The Large Robotic Telescope: a facility for the new era of time domain astronomy

  • 25 January 2017,11am, room LJ 1.25
    Fabian Schneider
    Oxford University
    Magnetic Massive Stars

  • 1 February 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Dirk Froebrich
    Kent University
    Investigations of Star Formation with the UKIRT Widefield Infrared Survey for H2

  • 15 February 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Bernhard Mueller
    Queen's University Belfast
    Understanding the Explosions of Massive Stars

  • 22 March 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.01
    Valentina Braito
    Brera Observatory
    Mapping AGN winds and circumnuclear absorbers from the smallest to the largest scales

  • 3 May 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Isabelle Baraffe
    University of Exeter
    A new generation of multi-dimensional stellar structure models

  • 10 May 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    John Beckman
    IAC Tenerife
    The GHaFaS Fabry-Perot system on the WHT: Radioastronomy at Optical Wavelengths