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  • The University of Chicago | The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
    August 25 29 2014 COSMO 2014 International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology September 15 19 2014 International conference Type Ia Supernovae progenitors explosions and cosmology Schedule of Events News Announcements Faculty Open Positions May 1 2014 Wayne Hu was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences The University of Chicago News Office April 17 2014 Congratulations to Ian Remming for winning a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Department News April 10 2014 Physics Today cover page The Dark Energy Survey Physics Today April 9 2014 SPT Google Trekker Photos Department News Archive of News Quick Links Location Directions Department Directory Brinson Lectures Astronomy Colloquia Academic Calendar Graduate program How to Apply Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics KICP Center for Particle Astrophysics Fermilab EFI Seminars Events Yerkes Observatory Magellan Telescopes Enrico Fermi Institute Physical Sciences Division UChicago Directory Maps 2013 The University of Chicago The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics 773 702 8203 5640 S Ellis Ave Chicago IL 60637 Chair s Welcome A Bit of History Contact Us Location Directions Department Committees Teaching Assignments Open Job Positions Department News Department In the News Directory Faculty Research Faculty Postdoctoral Researchers Associates Graduate Students Staff Overview Scientific Projects Publications Cosmology

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Chair's Welcome
    on the ground and in space and we think about the cosmic consequences of physical phenomena from highly magnetized plasmas to theories of nature s fundamental interactions We lead international projects with scientific activities from the South Pole Argentina and Chile to space and airplane based observatories that constantly circle the Earth or the Sun We go anywhere we can learn more about the Universe We convey the excitement of our cosmic discoveries to the best graduate and undergraduate students in the world as well as to Chicago public schools and the public at large through the Adler Planetarium and other outreach venues We spread the wonders of the Universe around the city and around the world and open the door to the cosmos for the next generation of astronomers astrophysicists and curious beings We are Chicago Astronomy and Astrophysics Angela V Olinto Chair 2013 The University of Chicago The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics 773 702 8203 5640 S Ellis Ave Chicago IL 60637 Chair s Welcome A Bit of History Contact Us Location Directions Department Committees Teaching Assignments Open Job Positions Department News Department In the News Directory Faculty Research Faculty Postdoctoral Researchers Associates Graduate Students Staff Overview

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Department News
    Telescope The GMT mirror casting was a huge success August 27 2013 Dear GMT partners A warm thank you to all of you for making Friday s GMT Partner Retreat a success and for all of your ongoing support and encouragement for the project With the third mirror now in production we are continuing to reach major milestones and to keep on target for our construction start in early 2014 The mirror casting was a huge success as was the media interest The casting story was picked up by the CBS evening news last evening A video made by Robin and Todd Mason of Journey to Palomar fame was sent to the press in advance of the mirror casting It was picked up by NPR and now has over 19 000 hits and is still climbing The story was also picked up by the LA Times Arizona Daily Wildcat Canberra Times Houston Chronicle Washington Post CNN and USA Today amongst many others Overall a huge success With best regards Wendy Wendy L Freedman Crawford H Greenewalt Chair Director Carnegie Observatories Chair GMT Board of Directors Related Scientific projects Giant Magellan Telescope Congratulations to Dr Christopher Sheehy August 14 2013 Congratulations to Christopher Sheehy for successfully defending his PhD dissertation on Progress towards a detection of inflationary B modes with the BICEP2 and KECK array polarimeters Christopher has received a fellowship position at the KICP Related Department students Christopher Sheehy Congratulations to Sean Johnson August 12 2013 Sean Johnson has been selected the Brinson Carnegie Pre Doctoral Fellow for academic year 2013 14 The fellowship will support his work at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena California under the supervision of Prof Hsiao Wen Chen Related Department members Hsiao Wen Chen Department students Sean Johnson Paolo Privitera receives 225 000 in collaborative seed grant August 7 2013 Three teams of University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory researchers one group that includes a researcher from Argonne National Laboratory recently received 225 000 collectively in Strategic Collaborative Initiative SCI seed grants from the University following a rigorous competition managed by Fermilab and the University One of the teams received second year funding The FY 2013 recipients include An advanced five orders of magnitude dynamic range wafer scale pixel system for X ray science University of Chicago Investigator John Keith Moffat Louis Block Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Fermilab Investigator Grzegorz Deptuch Engineer IV Particle Physics Division Argonne Investigator Robert Bradford Assistant Physicist X ray Science Division Development of low noise electronics for the first direct Dark Matter search using CCDs funded for a second year University of Chicago Investigator Paolo Privitera Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Fermilab Investigators Juan Estrada Scientist II Participles Physics Division and Gustavo Cancelo Engineer IV Scientific Computing Division SCENE SCintillation Efficiency of Noble Elements University of Chicago Investigator Luca Grandi Assistant Professor of Physics Fermilab Investigator Stephen Pordes Scientist II Particle Physics Division The Strategic Collaborative Initiatives Program began in 2006 when the University renewed its contract with

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Directory
    Grin Research Associate dgrin kicp uchicago edu H Doyal Al Harper Professor al oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 5 Yerkes Observ Dylan Hatt Graduate Student dhatt uchicago edu TAAC 63 Jennifer Helsby Graduate Student jhelsby oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 48 F William High Research Associate fwhigh kicp uchicago edu LASR 136 Roger H Hildebrand Professor Emeritus roger oddjob uchicago edu LASR 123 Lewis M Hobbs Professor Emeritus hobbs yerkes uchicago edu TAAC 17 Yerkes Observatory Craig J Hogan Professor craighogan uchicago edu TAAC 25 Nicholas Hollon Graduate Student hollon oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 64 Dan Hooper Associate Professor dhooper uchicago edu TAAC 20 Wayne Hu Professor whu background uchicago edu LASR 128 Yun Hsin Huang Graduate Student yunhsin oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 17 J Sean Johnson Graduate Student seanjohnson uchicago edu TAAC 45 K Alexander A Kaurov Graduate Student kaurov uchicago edu TAAC 64 Ryan Keisler Research Associate Stephen M Kent Professor skent fnal gov Fermilab TAAC 23 Richard Kessler Senior Research Associate rkessler uchicago edu TAAC 56 Alexei M Khokhlov Professor ajk oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 30 Edward J Kibblewhite Professor edk oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 32 Edward Rocky W Kolb Professor rocky kolb uchicago edu TAAC 27 Arieh Konigl Professor arieh jets uchicago edu TAAC 35 Andrey V Kravtsov Professor andrey oddjob uchicago edu LASR 210 Laura Kreidberg Graduate Student kreidberg uchicago edu TAAC 63 Richard G Kron Professor rich oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 28 Ohkyung Kwon Graduate Student kwon uchicago edu TAAC 65 L Donald Q Lamb Professor lamb oddjob uchicago edu LASR 128 Randall H Landsberg Director of Public Outreach randy oddjob uchicago edu Cameron Jia Liang Graduate Student jwliang oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 19 Robert Loewenstein Senior Research Associate rfl yerkes uchicago edu Yerkes Obsv M Kiritkumar Makwana Research Associate kdmakwana uchicago edu TAAC 31 Leonid Malyshkin Senior Research Associate leonmal flash uchicago edu TAAC 53 Alessandro Manzotti Graduate Student manzotti uchicago edu TAAC 19 Krista Martocci Research Associate martocci oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 31 Titos Matsakos Research Associate titos matsakos oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 59 Stephan S Meyer Professor meyer oddjob uchicago edu LASR 209 Richard H Miller Professor Emeritus rhm oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 14 Sean Mills Graduate Student smills oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 19 Laura Mocanu Graduate Student lmocanu uchicago edu LASR 110 O Aleksandr Obabko Research Associate obabko uchicago edu TAAC 54 Takeshi Oka Professor Emeritus t oka uchicago edu SCL 269 Angela V Olinto Professor olinto oddjob uchicago edu LASR 228 Research Office TAAC 8 Chair s Office P Patrick E Palmer Professor Emeritus ppalmer oskar uchicago edu TAAC 6 Eugene N Parker Professor Emeritus parker odysseus uchicago edu LASR 123 Peera Pongkitiwanichakul Research Associate peera oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 53 Paolo Privitera Professor priviter kicp uchicago edu LASR 201 R Lucinda Rademaker Secretary cindy yerkes uchicago edu Yerkes Observatory Laticia Rebeles Graduate Student Affairs Administrator lrebeles oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 12 Ian Remming Graduate Student iremming oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 19 Jonathan Richardson Graduate Student jonathan richardson uchicago edu TAAC

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Overview
    and observatories include ASC FLASH Center Combined Array for Research in Millimeter wave Astronomy CARMA Dark Energy Survey DES Extreme Universe Space Observatory at the Japanese Module JEM EUSO Giant Magellan Telescope GMT Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics JINA Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics KICP Magellan Telescopes Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory Sunyaev Zeldovich Array SZA South Pole Telescope SPT The Department maintains close research ties and partnership with the Argonne National Laboratory Fermilab and Adler Planetarium Astronomy Museum Detailed information is also available on the webpages of individual scientists A list of publications from members of the department is available here Department Research Fields Cosmology Extragalactic Astronomy Astrophysics Particle and High Energy Astronomy Astrophysics Galactic Astronomy Astrophysics Solar System Astronomy Astrophysics Exoplanets Computational Astrophysics Astronomy History and Philosophy 2013 The University of Chicago The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics 773 702 8203 5640 S Ellis Ave Chicago IL 60637 Chair s Welcome A Bit of History Contact Us Location Directions Department Committees Teaching Assignments Open Job Positions Department News Department In the News Directory Faculty Research Faculty Postdoctoral Researchers Associates Graduate Students Staff Overview Scientific Projects Publications Cosmology Extragalactic Astronomy Astrophysics Particle and High Energy Astronomy Astrophysics Galactic Astronomy

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Master Schedule
    into Galaxy Formation at z 2 February 14 2014 Winter 2014 Postdocs Symposium February 12 2014 KICP Colloquium Steve Kahn LSST February 7 2014 KICP Seminar Amy Furniss Very High Energy Photons from Distant Blazars and the Potential for Cosmological Insight February 5 2014 Astronomy Colloquium Scott Chapman The role of ultra luminous galaxies in galaxy formation and evolution January 31 2014 KICP Seminar Laura Lopez Assessing the Role of Stellar Feedback from Small to Large Scales January 29 2014 Astronomy Colloquium Bruce Macintosh Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets January 27 2014 Faculty Research Seminar Peter O Vandervoort Resonances and Chaos in the Non Linear Pulsations of Stars January 24 2014 KICP Seminar Jo Bovy The chemo dynamical structure of the Milky Way January 23 2014 Physics colloquium Vyacheslav Turyshev JPL Testing Fundamental Gravitation in Space Recent Progress and Possible Future Directions January 22 2014 Astronomy Colloquium Jenny Greene To Build an Elliptical Galaxy January 17 2014 KICP Seminar Adam Leroy Star Formation in a Galactic Context January 15 2014 Astronomy Colloquium George Becker From Reionization to Dark Matter with the Lyman alpha Forest January 10 2014 KICP Seminar Blair Edwards First WIMP search results from the Large Underground Xenon experiment January 8 2014 Astronomy Colloquium Evan Kirby Dwarf Galaxies The Nexus of Dark Matter and Chemical Evolution December 27 29 2013 Transforming Energy Yerkes Winter Institute December 7 2013 Physics with a Bang Holiday Lecture and Open House December 6 2013 KICP Seminar James Battat Directional Dark Matter Detection December 4 2013 Astronomy Colloquium Jordi Miralda Escude Large Scale Structure in the intergalactic medium and the formation of galaxies What we are learning from BOSS in SDSS III November 26 2013 Astronomy Colloquium Joop Schaye Cosmological simulations of the formation of galaxies November 22 2013 KICP Seminar Annika Peter WIMP physics with direct detection November 22 2013 KICP Dark Matter Hub Meeting November 21 2013 Physics colloquium Craig Hogan Macroscopic Quantum Geometry Testing the Fidelity of Space time with Interferometry November 20 2013 Astronomy Colloquium Ruth Murray Clay Origins of Gas Giant Planets November 19 2013 KICP Astroparticle Seminar George Fuller UCSD Frontiers of Neutrino Physics and Cosmology November 18 2013 Cafe Scientifique Benson Farb Through the Looking Glass The Strange World Behind the Mirror November 15 2013 Fall 2013 Postdocs Symposium November 13 2013 KICP Colloquium Tom Murphy Testing Gravity by Poking the Moon with a Laser November 11 2013 Mini workshop Exoplanets after Kepler November 8 2013 KICP Seminar Kurt Hinterbichler Partially massless gravity November 6 2013 KICP Colloquium Katrin Heitmann Cosmic Calibration or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Supercomputers November 1 2013 KICP Seminar Lee McCuller Bobby Lanza Jon Richardson and Brittany Kamai Physics at the Fringe A Status Report on the Fermilab Holometer October 30 2013 KICP Colloquium George Fuller Neutrino Quantum Spookiness Collapsing Stars Supernovae and the Cosmos October 25 2013 KICP Seminar Shy Genel Galaxy formation on a moving mesh moving towards a realistic simulated universe October 24 2013 Physics

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Courses Overview
    Comets and Asteroids PHSC 12800 European Astronomy and Astrophysics Paris Core PHSC 12800 European Astronomy Astrophysics Modern Astronomy was born in Erope in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led by Nicolaus Copernicus of Poland who simplified the description of the solar system by moving the Sun to the center of the Universe The Italian Galileo Galilei forst pointed a telescope at the sky in 1609 and discovered the moons of Jupiter sunspots the stellar composition of the Milky Way and craters of the Moon Tycho Brahe of Denmark studied planetary motions in great detail allowing Johannes Kepler of Germany to define the principles of the orbits of the planets by 1615 Isaac Newton of England discovered the laws of gravity and of motion and built the reflecting telescope later in the seventeenth century By 1774 French astronomer Charles Messier began the explosion of our current knowledge of the Universe when he catalogued what are now known to be other galaxies Building upon this history this course also explores recent developments in European astronomical and astrophysical technology that allows a modern exploration of the deepest regions of the Universe using a wide range of telescopes This course is offered only in Paris in Spring quarter Graduate Courses ASTR 30100 Stars Detailed Outline Introduction to stars physical and observational hydrodynamics of self gravitating fluids statistical mechanics and equations of state energy transport astrophysical nuclear reactions stellar models advanced topics ASTR 30300 Interstellar Matter Detailed Outline Interstellar medium collisionless systems distribution of stars in the solar neighborhood stellar kinematics dynamics observations of galactic large scale structure theory of galactic structure and evolution This course is being modified due to curriculum changes 4 19 13 ASTR 30400 Galaxies Detailed Outline The observed universe the universe at high redshift early universe microwave background radiation relativistic homogeneous isotropic cosmologies evolution of structure in the universe primordial nucleosynthesis This course is being modified due to curriculum changes 4 19 13 ASTR 30600 Radiation Measurements in Astrophysics Detailed Outline Radiation as a random process optical coherence and signal analysis in spatial and temporal domains along with the detection and measurement of radiation with astronomical instruments This course is being modified due to curriculum changes 4 19 13 ASTR 31000 Cosmology I This course is being redesigned to fit into the new curriculum 4 19 13 ASTR 31100 High Energy Astrophysics This course is being redesigned to fit into the new curriculum 4 19 13 ASTR 31300 Extragalactic Studies Offered biannually The course will begin with a historical overview of observations of external galaxies and proceed with discussions of on going research topics in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology These include known correlations and scaling relations between different galaxy properties empirical techniques for determining different physical quantities such as redshifts ISM metallicity and mass formation of elliptical galaxies chemical evolution and the re ionization epoch ASTR 31500 Dynamics I Fluids Offered biannually Principles of hydrodynamics and hydromagnetics Equilibrium and stability of fluid systems in astrophysics Waves Shocks Turbulence ASTR 31600 Dynamics of Particles Offered biannually Dynamics of collisionless plasmas and stellar systems Stochastic processes and kinetic equations Dynamics of galaxies and star clusters Astrophysical plasmas ASTR 32000 Relativistic Astrophysics Offered biannually Special and General relativity and the experimental tests with applications to astrophysical problems such as super massive stars black holes relativistic star clusters and gravitational radiation ASTR 32100 Cosmology II Offered biannually Study of physical cosmology with emphasis on the standard big bang model and its observational and experimental tests ASTR 33000 Computational Physics and Astrophysics Basic computational methods useful for astrophysics supplemented by specific examples drawn primarily from astrophysics Starting with basics e g precision errors and error analysis and basic computational methods differentiation integration quadrature Monte Carlo numerical linear algebra and then discussing solution of problems posed in terms of ordinary and partial differential equations ASTR 34000 Statistical Methods in Astronomy and Astrophysics Offered biannually An exploration of the variety of statistical methods used in modern astrophysics We discuss the frequentist hypothesis tests confidence intervals and Bayesian explicit priors model choosing parameter estimation approaches Other topics include Markov Chain Monte Carlo and other computational statistics multi dimensional likelihood space Fischer information matrices time series analysis Assignments draw from examples in the astronomical literature ASTR 35800 Extrasolar Planets Extrasolar planets a k a exoplanets are planets orbiting other stars First definitively detected in the mid 1990s the planet count has rapidly expanded and their physical characterization has sharpened with improved observational techniques Theoretical studies of planetary formation and evolution are now attempting to understand this statistical sample The field also aspires to address questions about life in the universe This course emphasizes hands on activities like working with real astronomical data to find and characterize exoplanets Topics are the radial velocity transit and other discovery and characterization techniques statistical distributions of known planets comparisons among planet structure and planetary system types formation in a protoplanetary disk and subsequent dynamical evolution the goal of finding life on an exoplanet colonization of exoplanets and the Fermi paradox ASTR 36100 Interstellar Medium Offered biannually Advanced topics in interstellar matter depending on current forefront reseach and interest of the instructor ASTR 36101 Quantum Mechanics of the Interstellar Medium The physics of interstellar gases can be determined from the ionization and excitation state of interstellar atoms and molecules The conditions so determined can be used to determine in turn the more general physics of the Universe the large scale clustering of gas the properties of star forming clouds and the causes of the state of the Galactic interstellar medium and of the intercluster medium beyond the Galaxy The course examines the energy level diagrams of the elements of the periodic table and the molecules they form to explore how the abundances of the first elements from the BIg Bang are determined D He Li how the clustering of dark matter in the cosmic web can be read in the abundant hydrogen clouds in space how the temperature of the cosmic background and its

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