Keele Astrophysics Group

Seminar Programme

2018/19 Programme

    All seminars are on Wednesdays at 2pm in room LJ 1.75 unless otherwise stated.

    30 January 2019 Ben Burningham (Hertfordshire) Atmospheric retrievals in the cloudy regime of free-floating planetary mass objects and directly imaged exoplanets
    13 February 2019 Matteo Brogi (Warwick) Observations of exoplanet atmospheres at high spectral resolution
    6 March 2019 Megan Reiter (ATC Edinburgh) The Role of Ecology in Star and Planet Formation
    13 March 2019 Simone Graetzer (Liverpool / Salford Universities) The Physics of Speech
    3 April 2019 Aprajita Verma (Oxford) Aperture Fever: The Extremely Large Telescope
    23 April 2019 Biwei Jiang (Beijing Normal University, China) Period-Luminosity Relations of Red Supergiants in Nearby Galaxies

    Note: in LJ 1.20
    8 May 2019 Stephen Smartt (Queen's University Belfast) Multi-messenger astrophysics, merging neutron stars and kilonovae

    Wide-field optical sky surveys are discovering a remarkable diversity in how stars merge, collapse and explode.There is enormous potential in combining electromagnetic radiation with gravitational waves and neutrinos. I will describe the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart to a gravitational wave source. The merging neutron star source GW170817 was temporally and spatially coincident with a short gamma ray burst and several teams located a transient optical source within the LIGO-Virgo skymap within 12 hours. The UV to near-infrared emission showed that high velocity, low mass material was ejected and powered by the radioactive decay of heavy r-process elements. I will give a review of the first few events already discovered by LIGO-Virgo in their Observing Run 3, which just began on 1st April 2019.

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

Past seminars

12 September 2018 Sreenath Malamal Gopinathan (Keele) Flame models and their applications in combustion systems
3 October 2018 Monika Petr-Gotzens (ESO) Wide binaries in the Orion OB association
17 October 2018, 3pm Joachim Bestenlehner (Sheffield) The most massive stars in the Local Group: the cluster R136
24 October 2018 Tana Joseph (Manchester) Extragalactic Low-Mass X-ray Binaries
7 November 2018 Guy Davies (Birmingham) Stellar ages from Asteroseismology: The Galactic Thick Disk
21 November 2018 Anne Sansom (UCLan) Dust and molecular gas in early-type galaxies
5 December 2018 Aleks Scholz (St Andrews) Brown dwarfs: Formation, IMF, rotation and disks

Past seminars (2017/18)

8 November 2017 Carlos Contreras (University of Exeter) Eruptive Variable Protostars from VVV
22 November 2017 Tamara Rogers (Newcastle University) Internal Gravity Waves in Massive Stars
6 December 2017 Ilya Mandel (University of Birmingham) The Promise of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
24 January 2018 Suzanne Aigrain (Oxforde University) Taming the stochastic: how Gaussian Processes are transforming exoplanet studies
9 March 2018 Timothy Beers (University of Notre Dame) The Chemistry of the First Stars - Carbon in the Early Universe
21 March 2018 Anna Lisa Varri (University of Edinburgh) The new phase space complexity of old globular clusters
28 March 2018 Chris Wareing (University of Leeds) Filaments, feedback and forming the Rosette
9 May 2018 Izaskun Jimenez-Serra (Queen Mary University) Astrochemistry as a tool: From Infrared-Dark Clouds to massive star formation
6 June 2018 William Chantereau (Liverpool John Moores) Multiple stellar populations of Globular clusters
16 August 2018 Peter Scicluna (Academia Sinica) Recent progress and future prospects in studies of galactic evolved stars