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

    As the primary means of communication, speech plays an important role in daily life. This introduction to the physics of speech will cover the biomechanics and aerodynamics of speech, the physics of vocal fold vibration, and the acoustics of speech, including Fourier analysis. For voiced speech, air is pushed out of the lungs and along the trachea to the vocal folds. The vibration of the folds modulates the airflow and produces sound. The sound propagates through the vocal tract, where it is selectively amplified or attenuated at different frequencies, and is radiated outwards from the mouth. An overview will be presented of how the acoustics of the speech depend on the speech production process from the lungs to the mouth, nose and jaw.

    3 April 2019 Aprajita Verma (Oxford) The European Extremely Large Telescope

    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
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