Astronomy Group Seminar Programme 2005/6

All seminars take place at 4pm in Lecture Theatre C, Shackleton building, unless stated otherwise. For more information, contact

This year's programme is currently being prepared. If you are interested in giving a seminar in Southampton, please contact the organisers.

Autumn term

15 October 2005 - 31 December 2005

Date/Time Speaker Talk title
4 Oct Ezequiel Treister (Yale/Uni de Chile) "AGN Unification and the X-ray Background"
12 Oct Astronomy Group "Jamboree"
19 Oct Dr. Elmar Körding (Southampton) " Power unification of stellar and supermassive black holes"
26 Oct Dr. Sebastian Jester (Southampton) " X-rays from the jet in 3C273, and why relativistic jets don't show you all they've got"
2 Nov Dr. Martin Krause (Cambridge) " Jet-Environment Interaction"
9 Nov Dr. Philip Best (Edinburgh) "The host galaxies of radio-loud AGN in the SDSS "
16 Nov Dr. Lindsay King (Cambridge) "Gravitational lensing as a cosmological probe: from galaxies to the large scale structure "
23 Nov Prof. Shuang Nan Zhang (Beijing, China) "Future Space X-ray Astronomy Missions of China"
30 Nov Dr. Sadegh Khochfar (Oxford) " What Determines the Size of Elliptical Galaxies"
7 Dec Dr. Leor Barack (Southampton/GR) "Gravitational waves from captures of compact objects by supermassive black holes"
14 Dec Dr. Luisa Nolan (Birmingham) " Finding young stellar populations in early-type galaxies via Bayesian modelling"

Spring term

11 January 2006 - 26 March 2006

Date/Time Speaker Talk title
11 Jan Dr. Sugata Kaviraj (Oxford) "Insights into early-type galaxy formation from UV-optical colours "
25 Jan Prof. Mike Lockwood (Southampton) " Variations in solar activity, cosmic rays and Earth's climate"
1 Feb Dr. Simon Vaughan (Leicester) "Measuring the pulse of AGN and watching GRB X-ray haloes"
8 Feb Prof. Andrew Fabian (Cambridge) "Strong gravity effects in the spectral variability in accreting black holes "
15 Feb; 2-3pm, GR group Pau Amaro-Seoane (Albert-Einstein Institute, Germany) "Review of LISA-related Astrodynamics: Last parsec - IMIs - Tidal separation"
15 Feb Dr. Joern Wilms (Warwick) "X-ray and gamma-ray observations of Cygnus X-1 "
22 Feb Dr. Matt Jarvis (Oxford) " Multi-wavelength constraints on galaxy formation and evolution "
1 Mar Dr. Ian Hawke (Southampton/GR) "Gravitational waves from the collapse of a neutron star to a black hole"
8 Mar Dr. Katie McGowan (Southampton) "Probing the Physics of Pulsars"
15 Mar Prof. Ed Copeland (University of Nottingham) SCAPA lecture: Understanding Our Universe - How desparate can we get?
22 Mar Prof. Carlos Frenk (Durham) "The broken hierarchy of galaxy formation"

Summer term

24 April 2006 - 10 June 2006

Date/Time Speaker Talk title
3 May Dr. Vik Dhillon (Sheffield) "ULTRACAM: high-speed astrophysics"
10 May Dr. Ian Jones (Southampton/GR) "Gravitational wave searches for spinning neutron stars"
17 May Dr. Patricia Arévalo (Southampton/Astro) "Modelling AGN X-ray variability"
24 May Dr. Martin Hardcastle (University of Hertfordshire) " How fast are the kiloparsec-scale jets in quasars? "
31 May Dr. Jasinta Dewi (Cambridge) " The formation of double neutron stars and the clue to the origin of natal kick velocities "