SFIR: Star Formation/ISM Rendezvous

When: Mondays
Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM
Where: Hybrid format, in person meetings in the Dome Room
Organizers:  Chang-Goo Kim, [email protected]


Peyton night image from Lewis Library

SFIR (pronounced “sapphire”) is the Star Formation/ISM Rendezvous, a seminar covering research on all aspects of star formation and the interstellar medium in both the Milky Way and external galaxies.  SFIR is open to all interested members of the Princeton+IAS astrophysics community, as well as visitors from other departments.    

Members of the department (students, postdocs, and faculty) and visitors present research talks, at varying levels of formality, allowing for extensive discussion.   Contributions may also include journal-club style presentations and other updates and discussions.

SFIR Speaker Schedule

Date Speaker Topic


Chang-Goo Kim TIGRESS-NCR predictions on low metallicity conditions.
2/5/24 Eric Koch (CfA) Local Group L-Band Survey (https://www.lglbs.org)
2/12/24 Chang-Goo Kim  
2/19/24 Grace Telford  
2/26/24 Sanghyuk Moon When and how prestellar cores collapse
3/4/24 Arshia Jacob (JHU) HyGAL: Investigating the cosmic-ray ionization rate in diffuse clouds
3/11/24 Jiayi Sun  
3/18/24 Lucia Armillotta  
3/25/24 Nora Linzer  
4/1/24 David Setton  
4/8/24 Solar Eclipse  
4/15/24 Conference at STScI  
4/22/24 Celine Greis (McMaster)  
4/29/24 Ronan Hix  


Past Semesters

Date Speaker Talk
9/22/22 Yue Hu 
University of Wisconsin
Characterizing 3D magnetic fields in star-forming regions
9/29/22 Ahmad Ali
University of Exeter
How does stellar feedback in star-forming regions depend on environment?
10/6/22 Deanne Fisher
Testing Theories of Regulated Star Formation in Clumpy, Gas Rich Disk Galaxies
10/27/22 Alex Gurvich

Rapid galactic disk settling at the end of bursty star formation in the FIRE simulations

11/3/22 Matilde Mingozzi
Exploring UV diagnostics of the interstellar medium in local high-z analogs in the JWST era
11/10/22 Caleb Choban
UC San Diego
Interstellar Dust Evolution in Cosmological Zoom-in Simulations
11/17/22 Jonathan Stern
Tel-Aviv University
Is 'Disk Settling' Driven by the Physics of the Circumgalactic Medium?
12/1/22 Ben Keller
University of Memphis
New Frontiers in Understanding Feedback-Regulated Galaxy Formation with Simulation
12/8/22 Xihan Ji
University of Kentucky
Deciphering the imprint of stellar feedback in HII regions with nebular diagnostics
12/15/22 ChongChong He
University of Maryland, College Park
Star Formation Laws Regulated by Photoionization Feedback and Formation of Large Keplerian Disks in Magnetized Cores
  Previous Speakers  
4/20/22 Grace Telford
4/13/22 Eric Moseley
4/6/22 Laura Sommovigo
Newborn but dusty: the puzzle of EoR galaxies
3/30/22 Brent Tan
3/23/22 Thales Gutcke
3/16/22 Ulrich Steinwandel
3/16/22 Xinfeng Xu
2/23/22 Tim-Eric Rathjen


Elena Lacchin
Hydrodynamic simulations of multiple stellar populations in globular clusters
12/8/21 Marta Reina-Campos
McMaster University
Modelling stellar cluster populations alongside their host galaxies in a cosmic environment: the EMP-Pathfinder simulations
12/1/21 Gregory Green
Applications of auto-differentiation to dust, stars, dynamics
11/24/21 James Beattie
Global properties of compressible MHD turbulence and going beyond two moment star formation rate theories
11/17/21 Maria José Maureira
Physical conditions and dynamics of deeply embedded low-mass protostars at 10 au scales
11/10/21 Leire Beitia-Antero 
Complutense University of Madrid
The role of charged dust grains in shaping the evolution of molecular cloud envelopes
11/3/21 Ashley Barnes
The Argelander-Institut für Astronomie (AIfA), University in Bonn
Under pressure: constraining the dominant pre-SNe feedback mechanisms for several thousand star-forming regions
10/27/21 Shivan Khullar
University of Toronto, Canadian Institute for Astrophysics
Star formation thresholds and the density PDF
10/20/21 Noe Brucy 
CEA Saclay
Understanding the Schmidt-Kennicutt relation: the crucial role of large-scale turbulent driving
10/13/21 Kimberly Emig
From Star-formation to Recombinaton: Expanding our View of the RRL Universe
10/6/21 Sergio Martinez-Gonzales
Destruction, Survival, and Growth of Dust Grains within Superbubbles
9/15/21 Kedron Silsbee
Cosmic ray propagation and mall-scale turbulence in the dense ISM
9/8/2021 Max Gronke
Best friends & mortal enemies: The impact of turbulence on multiphase gases
5/5/21 Archana Soam  NASA Ames Threads & flows in the dusty universe: Importance of astronomical polarimetry and spectroscopy in probing star forming regions
4/28/21 Jonathan Henshaw
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg
Everything Flows: The dynamics of the molecular interstellar medium
4/21/21 Enrico Di Teodoro
Johns Hopkins University

Cold galactic outflows in the Milky Way- Magellanic system

4/14/21 Jaime Pineda
Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Feeding a Protostar with 10,500 au Scale Streamers

4/7/21 No lecture  
3/31/21 Catherine Zucker
Harvard University, Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Probing the Structure and Dynamics of our Local ISM on Parsec to Kiloparsec Scales