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  • The University of Chicago | The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
    to Dr Jennifer Helsby Department News June 11 2015 John Carlstrom to receive Gruber Cosmology Prize for experimental explorations of universe The University of Chicago News Office June 10 2015 Congratulations to Prof Wendy Freedman Department News June 9 2015 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology John E Carlstrom The Gruber Foundation June 4 2015 U of C to help build giant telescope a venture into the unknown Chicago Tribune June 3 2015 Giant Magellan Telescope s international partners approve start of construction phase The University of Chicago News Office June 3 2015 Cameron Jia Liang has won a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Department News June 2 2015 Congratulations to Dr Vinicius Miranda Braganca Department News June 2 2015 Sugarman Awards for Excellence in Student Research Department News June 1 2015 Honoring graduate teachers and mentors Prof Angela Olinto The University of Chicago News Office June 1 2015 Angela Olinto wins a 2014 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring 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 Giant Magellan Telescope 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 Extragalactic Astronomy Astrophysics Particle and High Energy Astronomy Astrophysics Galactic Astronomy Astrophysics Solar System Astronomy Astrophysics Exoplanets Computational Astrophysics Astronomy History and Philosophy Master

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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
    and Graduate Student Research Hsin Yu Chen Graduate Student For her contributions to gravitational wave astrophysics and in particular for her research in the field of multi messenger astronomy and the electromagnetic follow up of gravitational wave sources Benedikt Diemer Graduate Student For the innovative contribution to our understanding of the origin and properties of density profiles of dark matter halos NATHAN SUGARMAN Professor Emeritus in the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Department of Chemistry was devoted to the Institute and to the education of its students The Sugarman Award Fund honors this commitment through its annual awards for student achievements in research Related Department members Andrey V Kravtsov Donald Q Lamb Department students Hsin Yu Chen Benedikt Diemer Angela Olinto wins a 2014 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring June 1 2015 Dear Colleagues Please join me in congratulating Angela Olinto for her selection as a winner of a 2014 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring The award honors faculty members for their achievements in classroom teaching and for their special contributions in encouraging the work of graduate students Given the great importance we place upon teaching and mentoring at the University her recognition is a very high honor indeed The award will be presented to her at the Spring Quarter Convocation on Saturday June 13 2015 during the Division of the Physical Sciences Diploma and Hooding Ceremony That ceremony will take place at noon at the Logan Center Performance Hall It will be a special pleasure for me to present it to her Sincerely Rocky Kolb Dean of the Physical Sciences Division Related Department members Edward Rocky W Kolb Angela V Olinto Angela Olinto will serve a second consecutive term as Chair of Astronomy Astrophysics April 29 2015 Dear colleagues I am pleased to announce that following the recommendation of the department s Chair Search Committee Angela Olinto will serve a second consecutive term as Chair of Astronomy Astrophysics through September 30 2018 Angela has provided exemplary leadership during this current term and her continued leadership will be crucial to advancing the many strategic initiatives of the department Please join me in congratulating Angela on her reappointment Regards Rocky Kolb Dean of the Physical Sciences Related Department members Edward Rocky W Kolb Angela V Olinto Laura Kreidberg awarded a Plotnick Fellowship February 19 2015 Graduate student Laura Kreidberg is one of two students in the Physical Sciences Division chosen to receive a Plotnick Fellowship for the 2014 15 academic year This is in recognition of her outstanding achievement in our graduate program The fellowship is named for Harvey Plotnick who provided funding for the award and who is a long time friend of the Division member of the PSD Visiting Committee and member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees Congratulations Laura Angela V Olinto Homer J Livingston Professor Chair of the Department of Astronomy Astrophysics Related Department members Jacob L Bean Angela V Olinto Department students Laura Kreidberg

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Directory
    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 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 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 46 J Sean Johnson Graduate Student seanjohnson uchicago edu TAAC 45 K Alexander A Kaurov Graduate Student kaurov uchicago edu TAAC 64 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 Emeritus 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 L Donald Q Lamb Professor lamb oddjob uchicago edu LASR 128 Randall H Landsberg Director of Public Outreach randy oddjob uchicago edu James Lasker Graduate Student JLasker uchicago edu TAAC 19 Cameron Jia Liang Graduate Student jwliang oddjob uchicago edu TAAC 45 Robert Loewenstein Senior Research Associate rfl yerkes uchicago edu Yerkes Obsv M Barry Madore Associate barryfm uchicago edu TAAC 17 Kiritkumar Makwana Research Associate kdmakwana uchicago edu TAAC 31 Philip Mansfield Graduate Student mansfield uchicago edu TAAC 19 Alessandro Manzotti Graduate Student manzotti uchicago edu TAAC 53 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 48 Laura Mocanu Graduate Student lmocanu uchicago edu LASR 110 N Giuseppina Nigro Research Staff gnigro uchicago edu giusy nigro gmail com Computation Institute 227 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 Stephen Padin Senior Scientist spadin uchicago edu LASR 11 Patrick E Palmer Professor Emeritus ppalmer oskar uchicago edu TAAC 6 Eugene N Parker Professor Emeritus parker odysseus uchicago edu LASR 123 Jason Poh Graduate Student jasonpoh uchicago edu TAAC 19 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 49 Jonathan Richardson Graduate Student jonathan richardson uchicago edu TAAC 47 Robert Rosner Professor r

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Overview
    observatories include Combined Array for Research in Millimeter wave Astronomy CARMA Dark Energy Survey DES Extreme Universe Space Observatory at the Japanese Module JEM EUSO Flash Center for Computational Science 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

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Master Schedule
    Mark SubbaRao Adler Planetarium The Future of the Planetarium February 20 2015 KICP Seminar Marko Simonovic Consistency Relations for Large Scale Structure February 19 2015 Adler colloquium Andy Howell Las Cumbres Global Telescope UC Santa Barbara Understanding Mysterious Sources of Energy in Supernovae February 18 2015 KICP Colloquium Scott Dodelson Sterile Neutrinos in Particle Physics and Cosmology February 17 2015 KICP Dark Matter meeting February 13 2015 The Cabinet Cosmos February 13 2015 KICP Seminar Colin Bischoff Joint Analysis of BICEP2 Keck Array and Planck February 11 2015 Astronomy Colloquium Beth Willman Triumphs and tribulations of near field cosmology with wide field surveys a biased perspective February 11 2015 Lorenzo Moncelsi California Institute of Technology Cosmology above the clouds with SPIDER February 10 2015 Seth R Siegel California Institute of Technology Multiwavelength Analysis of Galaxy Clusters February 9 2015 All Chicago Cosmology Colloquium Alexander Szalay Johns Hopkins University Baryon Acoustic Oscillations and Redshift Space Distortions February 6 2015 KICP Seminar Tobias Marriage Double Feature SZ and AGN and The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor February 5 2015 Faculty Research Seminar Dan Hooper Hunting for Dark Matter February 4 2015 KICP Colloquium Carlos Wagner Baryogenesis and New Physics February 3 2015 Special Seminar Ryan Foley Transient Astronomy Dark Energy Supernova Physics Exotica January 30 2015 KICP Seminar Gordan Krnjaic Decisively Testing Sub GeV Dark Matter Through the Vector Portal January 28 2015 Astronomy Colloquium Leslie Rogers Origins and Demographics of Super Earth and Sub Neptune Sized Planets January 27 2015 Special Seminar George Becker The End of Reionization An IGM Perspective January 23 2015 KICP Seminar Andrew B Newman Observing the Assembly of Dark Matter and Baryons in Massive Galaxies January 22 2015 Physics colloquium John Carlstrom University of Chicago Physics and Cosmology with the Cosmic Microwave Background January 21 2015 Astronomy Colloquium Gwen Rudie The Circumgalactic and Interstellar Medium of Star Forming Galaxies at 2 z 3 January 16 2015 KICP Seminar Sean Tulin Dark matter halos as particle colliders January 14 2015 Astronomy Colloquium Adrian Liu Frontiers in Cosmology and Radio Astronomy 21cm cosmology as a probe of reionization and beyond January 13 2015 Special Seminar Emily Levesque Engines Lighthouses and Laboratories Massive Stars Across the Cosmos January 12 2015 Michael Meyer ETH Zurich Building a Predictive Theory of Planet Formation Extrapolation versus Phenomenology in the Era of Direct Imaging January 9 2015 KICP Seminar Miguel A Mostafa First results from the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory January 7 2015 Astronomy Colloquium Neal Dalal Probing structure formation beyond LCDM December 27 29 2014 Yerkes Winter Institute Robotics Telescopes and S T E A M December 12 2014 KICP Seminar Brendan Crill Results from Planck 2014 December 10 2014 KICP Colloquium Daniel Akerib Do WIMPs Rule The LUX LZ Experiments and the Search for Cosmic Dark Matter December 9 2014 Alyssa Goodman Harvard University Visualization of High Dimensional Data and the Paper of the Future December 9 2014 Special Seminar Blakesley Burkhart New Frontiers of Magnetized Turbulence in the Multiphase

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  • The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics | Courses Overview
    also will be offered to students in the Paris study abroad program in Spring quarter PHSC 12700 Planets 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 When where and how stars formed in galaxies is central to understanding many other aspects of large stellar systems baryons streaming into dark matter haloes large scale outflows patterns in chemical abundances and how all these processes have changed with time This class will look at what is known empirically about star formation in nearby galaxies across a wide range of conditions identifying those that are most significant for building up the mass in stars and most significant energetically for the local interstellar medium The range of conditions includes strong dynamical interactions on large scales and high density regions and regions exposed to intense radiation on small scales Our approach will study prototype galaxies from relevant classes e g starburst ultra luminous infrared emitters ultraviolet luminous etc exploring what is known about the recent history of star formation in these systems from multi wavelength data 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

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