Thunch Archives

Past Speakers

Fall 2021:

September 9th:
Tim Miller (Yale)

Title: Moving beyond the Sersic profile

September 16th:
Biwei Dai (Berkeley)
Title: Translation and Rotation Equivariant Normalizing Flow (TRENF) for Optimal Cosmological Analysis

September 30th:
Zhuo Chen (University of California, Los Angeles)
Title: A new window on star formation history at the Galactic Center

October 7th:
Andrés A. Plazas Malagón (Princeton)
Title: Systematic errors in weak gravitational lensing for cosmological investigations

October 14th:
Dhruba Dutta Chowdhury (Yale)
Title: Constraining Dark Matter through Gravitational Heating and Cooling Processes

October 28th:
Tansu Daylan (MIT & visiting Princeton)
Title: Using TESS Full Frame Images to find exoplanets transiting faint stars

November 4th:
Keming Zhang (Berkeley)
Title: Fast 2-body microlensing inference with neural posterior estimation

November 11th:
Daniel Tamayo (Princeton)
Title: The long-term chaotic dynamics of exoplanet systems

November 18th:
Changhoon Hahn (Princeton)
Title: Accelerated Bayesian Galaxy SED Modeling

Spring 2021:

Jan 21
Archie Bott (Princeton)
Title: Alfvénic turbulence in an expanding, collisionless, magnetized plasma

Feb 4
Philip Mocz (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Title: Cosmological Simulations with Quantum Computers

Feb 18
Jamey Szalay (Princeton)
Title: Moon-Magnetosphere interactions at Jupiter: New Insights from Juno

Feb 25
Vladimir Zhadankin
Title: Numerical experiments on relativistic plasma turbulence

Mar 4
Christopher Spalding (Princeton)
Title: The ancient Solar wind as a sculptor of terrestrial planetary formation

Mar 11
Kassandra Anderson (Princeton)
Title: Exciting and Erasing Obliquities in Exoplanetary and Stellar Binary Systems

Mar 18
Keivan Stassum (Vanderbilt University) & Nina Hernitschek (Vanderbilt University)
Title: The Era of Big Data in Astronomy - Machine Learning for All-Sky Surveys

Mar 25
Andrea Afruni (University of Groningen)
Title: Modeling the flows of circumgalactic gas from and to galaxies

April 8
Scott Carsten
Title: Dwarf Galaxies: Probes of Galaxy Formation and Small-Scale Structure

April 15
Lachlan Lancaster (Princeton)
Title: A Fractal Theory of Stellar Wind Feedback in the Dense Turbulent ISM

April 22
Erin Kado-Fong (Princeton)
Title: Disks, Halos, and Puffballs: On the origin and nature of dwarf galaxy stellar structure

April 29
Lucia Armillotta (Princeton)
Title: Cosmic-ray transport in simulations of star-forming galactic disks

May 6
Christian Aganze (UC San Diego)
Disks, Halos, and Puffballs: On the origin and nature of dwarf galaxy stellar structure

Fall 2020

Sep 3: Song Huang (Princeton)

Utilizing the Stellar Halo of Massive Galaxies for Cluster Cosmology

Sep 10: Remy Joseph (Princeton)

Astronomical Image modeling and applications: deblending, strong gravitational lensing and more

Sep 17: Hiroki Nagakura (Princeton)

Towards comprehensive understanding of core-collapse supernovae

Sep 24: Alex Chen (Princeton)

Numerical Adventures into the Magnetospheres of Neutron Stars

Oct 1: Brandon Hensley (Princeton)

Rethinking the Nature of Interstellar Dust

Oct 8: Jamie Rankin (Princeton)

Cosmic-rays Beyond the Heliosphere: A Survey of Discoveries and Mysteries

Oct 15: Guðmundur Stefánsson (Princeton)

Detection and Characterization of M-dwarf Planets with Next Generation Instruments

Oct 22: Chris Hamilton (University of Cambridge)

Secular dynamics of binaries in stellar clusters

Oct 29: Kishalay De (Caltech)

The dynamic lives and fates of accreting white dwarfs in wide-field time domain surveys

Nov 5: George Wong (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)

Interpreting black hole observations with numerical simulations

Nov 12: Jeong-Gyu Kim (Princeton)

Modeling Dispersal of Giant Molecular Clouds by UV Radiation Feedback

Nov 19: Ben Horowitz (Princeton)

HyPhy: Mapping Dark Matter to Hydrodynamics with Posterior Inference

Dec 3: Matthias Raives (Princeton)

The Core-Collapse Supernova Critical Condition and the Birth of Millisecond Proto-Magnetar Winds

Dec 10: Arun Kannawadi (Princeton)

Cosmic shear surveys - Present & Future

Jan 14: Dan Taranu (Princeton)

-=Fall/Winter 2018=-

Oct 11th:  Vladimir Zhdankin (Princeton)
        Title:  Non-thermal Particle Energization in Relativistic Plasma Turbulence
Oct 18th: 
Oct 25th: 
Nov 1st:   Jing Luan (IAS)
Nov 8th:  Sean Ressler (UC Berkeley)

-=Fall/Winter 2017=-

Sep 7: Kate AlexanderHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Cosmic Extremes: Probing Energetic Transients with Radio Observations

Sep 14: Or Graur, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Rage against the dying of the light: what can we learn from three-year-old supernovae?

Sep 21: Yong ZhengColumbia University
The Cycle of Gaseous Baryons between the Disk and Halo

Oct 5: Stephane Courteau, Queen's University
Puzzles in Galaxy Scaling Relations

Oct 12: Ben Tal Margalit, Columbia University
White Dwarf – Neutron Star Mergers: from Peculiar Supernovae to Pulsar Planets

Oct 19: Jean-Baptiste Fouvry, IAS
Finite-N effects and secular evolution of self-gravitating systems

Oct 26: Philip Cowperthwaite, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
GW170817: The Dawn of Joint Gravitational Wave and Electromagnetic Astronomy

Nov 2: Song Huang, University of California, Santa Cruz
New Insights about the Assembly of Massive Galaxies from the Hyper Suprime-Cam

Nov 9: Cameron Liang, University of Chicago
Clouds in the Galactic Sky - Observations and Simulations of the Circumgalactic Medium

Nov 16: Aleksey Generozov, Columbia University
Formation of X-ray binaries via tidal capture in the Galactic Center

Nov 30: Adam Jermyn, Cambridge University
Enhanced Rotational Mixing in Massive Stars

Dec 7: James Cho, on leave from Queen Mary University of London
Storms and Jets on Giant Planets

Dec 14: Peter Melchior, Princeton University
What do galaxies, roof tops, and cocktail parties have in common?

-=Winter/Spring 2017=-

Feb 2: Massimo Gaspari, Princeton University
Unifying the micro and macro properties of AGN feedback and feeding

Feb 16: Lile WangPrinceton University
Simulating FUV Photoevaporation of Protoplanetary Disks

Feb 23: Johan Samsing, Princeton University
Dynamical Formation of High-Eccentricity Gravitational Wave Mergers and Nuclear Transients

Mar 2: Ondrej PejchaPrinceton University
Cool and Luminous Outbursts from Merging Binary Stars

Mar 9: Yi-Min Huang, Princeton University (PPPL)
New Perspectives on Magnetic Reconnection -- From Plasmoid Instability to Self-Generated Turbulence

Mar 23: Nicholas Battaglia, Princeton University
Cosmology with Shadows in the Microwave Sky

Mar 30: Viktoriya Giryanskaya, Princeton University
Progenitors of Type II Plateau Supernovae

Apr 13: Elinor Medezinski, Princeton University
Weighing Galaxy Clusters with Weak Lensing in the Hyper-SuprimeCam Survey

Apr 20: Sean Johnson, Princeton University
A relationship between quasar activity and diffuse cool halo gas -- feeding or feedback?

Apr 27: Adrian Price-Whelan, Princeton University
Perturbations to stellar streams from the Galactic bar

May 4: Ammar Hakim, Princeton University (PPPL)
Integrating kinetic effects in plasma fluid models, with application to global simulations

May 11: Semyeong Oh, Princeton University
Co-moving stars in Gaia DR1

May 18: Jia Liu, Princeton University
Viewing the universe through gravitational lenses

May 25: William Jones, Princeton University
Cosmology from the Stratosphere: A search for primordial gravitational waves, and measurements of gravitational lensing from near space

June 8: Leslie Hunt, Arcetri Observatory
Molecular gas in low-metallicity starbursts

June 22: Mamoru Doi, University of Tokyo

-=Fall/Winter 2016=-

Sep 8: Jorge Moreno, California State Polytechnic University

Sep 15: Yuan-Sen Ting, Harvard University

Sep 22: Vasileios Paschalidis, Princeton University

Sep 29: Daniel Lecoanet, Princeton University

Oct 20: Ari Silburt, University of Toronto

Oct 6: Dale Kocevski, University of Kentucky

Oct 27: Erez Michaely, Technion

Nov 3: Nia Imara, Harvard University

Nov 10: Nadine Neumayer, Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy 

Nov 17: Anna Rosen, UC Santa Cruz

Dec 1: Jane Dai, University of Maryland

Dec 8: Sherwood Richers, California Institute of Technology

Dec 15: Yajie Yuan, Princeton University

-=Winter/Spring 2016=-

Feb 18: Mark Walker, Manly Astrophysics

Apr 7: Alex Hill, Haverford University

Apr 13: Gongjie Li, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Apr 21: Ximena Fernández, Columbia University

Apr 28: Mariangela Lisanti, Princeton University

May 12: Alyson Brooks, Rutgers University

May 26: Dominika Wylezalek, Johns Hopkins University

-=Fall/Winter 2015=-

Sep 10: Allison Kirkpatrick, University of Massachusetts

Sep 17: Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere, Northwestern University

Oct 8: Gurtina Besla, University of Arizona

Oct 15: Alex Howe, Princeton University

Oct 22: Or Graur, NYU

Oct 29: Wendy Ju, Princeton University

Nov 12: Jacqueline Faherty, Carnegie Institute

Nov 19: Jedidah Isler, Vanderbilt University

Dec 10: Morgan MacLeod, UCSC

Dec 17: Maggie Turnbull, SETI

-=Winter/Spring 2015=-

Jan 29: Jason Kalirai, STSI

Feb 5: David Kipping, Columbia University

Feb 19: Brice Menard, JHU

Feb 26: Alexie Leauthaud, IPMU

Mar 5: Matt Kunz, Princeton University

Mar 12: Ben Shappee, Carnegie Pennsylvania

Mar 26: Jim Bosch, Princeton University

Apr 2: Omer Bromberg, Princeton University

Apr 9: KG Lee, MPI-Heidelberg

Apr 23: Rogier Windhorst, ASU

Apr 30: Jeff Newman, Pittsburgh

May 7: Renée Hlozek, Princeton University

May 14: Jose Garmilla, Princeton University

May 21: Ai-Lei Sun, Princeton University

May 28: Banibrata Mukhopadhyay, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

August 27: Xue-Bing Wu, Peking University