Astrophysics

Physics undergrad is the recipient of 2018 Mark Miller research award

Physics major Brenna Robertson has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Mark Miller Undergraduate Research Award. Brenna’s proposal, which focuses on modeling supermassive black hole spin using spectral emission diagrams, was selected from among a strong pool of applicants. Brenna Robertson is working with Prof. Jonathan Trump. The Mark Miller Award is a […]

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NASA awards to two physics undergraduate students

Undergraduate Physics Majors, Sam Cutler and Anthony (Josh) Machado, recently received awards from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Sam was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to perform research at UConn this summer working with Prof. Kate Whitaker. The title of his research project is “Examining High Redshift Rotation Curve Outside the Local Universe”. Josh […]

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One Giant Leap in Mapping the Universe

An artist’s rendering of hot material falling into a supermassive black hole, creating what is called the accretion disk, shown in orange. Reverberation mapping measures the time it takes light to travel between two areas of the accretion disk. The ‘light echo’ enables direct measurement of the mass of the black hole. This reverberation mapping […]

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Astronomers granted early science time on James Webb space telescope

Two UConn physics professors will be among the world’s first scientists to explore the universe using the new James Webb Space Telescope. The highly competitive, peer-reviewed James Webb Space Telescope Early Release Science program was created to test the capabilities of the new observatory and to showcase the tools the telescope is equipped with. Of more than 100 proposals submitted, only 13 were chosen to participate in the early release phase, including two separate proposals involving UConn researchers Kate Whitaker and Jonathan Trump, both assistant professors of physics.

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New gravity wave detection signals collision of two dead stars

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in space-time — in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. The discovery was made using the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave […]

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  1. Dr. Daniel Angles-Alcazar, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Daniel Angles-Alcazar, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, "The dual role of stellar feedback regulating galaxy evolution and the growth of supermassive black holes", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm11/28
  2. Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, "Pulsar Timing Arrays: The Next Window to Open on the Gravitational-Wave Universe", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm11/7
  3. Dr. Charlotte A. Mason, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Dr. Charlotte A. Mason, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, "What Can Galaxies Tell Us About Reionization", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm10/17
  4. Shany Danieli, Yale University, Shany Danieli, Yale University, "Hunting low surface brightness galaxies with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm9/26
  5. Jennifer Bergner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Jennifer Bergner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, "Chemical complexity during star and planet formation: new observational and laboratory insights", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm9/19
  6. Luke Kelley, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Harvard University, Luke Kelley, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Harvard University, "Recent Results from LIGO", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm4/25
  7. Dr. Erica Nelson, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Dr. Erica Nelson, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, "The Emergence of Galactic Structure", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm4/18
  8. Dr. Ian Stephens, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Dr. Ian Stephens, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, "Trying to Make Sense of Polarization Patterns in Circumstellar Disks", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm4/11
  9. Dr. Chelsea L. MacLeod, Harvard--Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Dr. Chelsea L. MacLeod, Harvard--Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, "Fast and Furious: Understanding the Changing-Look Quasars", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm3/28
  10. Dr. Anne Jaskot, Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Anne Jaskot, Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "How to Reionize the Universe - Clues from the Green Pea Galaxies", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm2/14
  11. Dr. Paul Torrey, NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Paul Torrey, NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Probing Galaxy Formation with Modern Cosmological Simulations", Astronomy Seminar2:00pm1/24
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