MIT Astrophysics Colloquia - Spring 2021

(To be revised for virtual format.)
Tuesdays at 4:00 PM in the Marlar Lounge, Room 37-252
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
70 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
(unless location otherwise noted)
Refreshments are served at 3:45 PM.

Sponsored by
the Astrophysics Division of the MIT Department of Physics and
the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.
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Tuesday 02 March :
Understanding Planetary System Formation Through Astrochemistry
Ilse Cleeves
University of Virginia
Host: Michelle Kunimoto



Abstract: Historically, our understanding of planet formation and the origins of planets' compositions has been largely informed by our Solar System. However, we are just one system, and now with facilities like NASA's Kepler and TESS telescopes, we are discovering a wide variety of planet types and architectures, many of which are unlike our own. In the last five years, the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array has simultaneously revolutionized our understanding of planet formation by imaging disks around young stars at high resolution and with high sensitivity. In this presentation, I will discuss how observations of molecular spectral line emission in protoplanetary disks can shed light on 1) the compositions of future planets; and 2) the key physics governing disk evolution during the first few million years of evolution, to help us move toward a more general picture of planet formation, at home and abroad.

Tuesday 09 March :
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Keith Hawkins
University of Texas, Austin
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Tuesday 16 March :
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Daniel Green
UC San Diego
Host: Kiyoshi Masui



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Tuesday 30 March :
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Michela Mapelli
University of Padova
Host: Salvatore Vitale

NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 10AM ET

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Tuesday 06 April :
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Iair Arcavi
Tel Aviv University
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NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 10AM ET

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Tuesday 13 April :
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Jason Dexter
University of Colorado, Boulder
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Tuesday 20 April :
HectoMAP: Mapping the Middle-Aged Universe
Margaret Geller
Harvard Center for Astrophysics
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Tuesday 27 April :
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Helen Russell
University of Nottingham
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NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 10AM ET

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Tuesday 04 May :
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Robbin Chapman
Harvard
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Tuesday 11 May :
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Anna Watts
University of Amsterdam
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