Week

Date

Topic

Readings

 

 

I.  The Landscape

 

1

16 Jan

Introduction

 

 

 

18

Parameter Space

“The Growth of Astrophysical Understanding,” Harwit, 2003, Phys. Today, Nov, 38

“Monitoring all sky for variability,” Paczynski 2000, PASP,112, 128


2

23

Existing Surveys:  Radio I
Pulsars

Pulsar Discovery (Hewish & Bell)
Millisecond Pulsar Discovery (Backer et al 1982)
Parkes Multibeam (Lorimer et al 2006)

Binary Pulsar Search Techniques (Ransom et al 2003)
Discovery of Pulsars in Ter 5 (Ransom et al 2005)

 

25

Existing Surveys:  Radio II

Interferometric Surveys

FIRST-NVSS comparison (Levinson et al 2002)
FIRST-NVSS follow-up (Gal-Yam et al 2006)
IDV in J1819+3845 (Dennett-Thorpe & de Bruyn 2000)
MASIV (Lovell et al 2003)
STARE (Katz et al, PASP, 2003, 115, 675)

3

30

Existing Surveys:  Optical/IR I
Large Apertures

Supernova Legacy Survey (Sullivan et al 2006)

MACHO (Alcock et al 2000)

DLS (Becker et al 2004)

 

1 Feb

Existing Surveys:  Optical/IR II

ROTSE discovery of optical flash from GRB (Akerlof etal 1999)

ROTSE searches for more flashes (Akerlof et al 2000)

Northern Sky Variability Survey (Wozniak et al 2004)

RAPTOR discovery of prompt optical flashes(Vestrand et al 2005)

Thinking telescopes (Vestrand et al 2004)

PAIRITEL

KAIT

4

6

Existing Surveys:  High Energy I 
Gamma-Ray Bursts

Discovery of GRBS with VELA (Klebesadel et al 1973)

BATSE

Beppo Sax
Swift

 

8

Existing Surveys:  High Energy II
X-ray Binaries

Discovery of Extra-Solar X-rays (Giacconi et al 1962)
Nobel Lecture (Giacconi 2002)
X-ray Binaries in the Milky Way from RXTE ASM (Grimm et al 2002)
Galactic Center Transients Discovered with Chandra (Muno et al 2005)

5

13

New Telescopes:  Radio

SKA:
"Motivation, key science projects, standards and assumptions"
C. Carilli, S. Rawlings
, "Science with the Square Kilometre Array", eds: C. Carilli, S. Rawlings, New Astronomy Reviews, Vol.48, Elsevier

"The dynamic radio sky," J.M. Cordes, T. J. W. Lazio, M. A. McLaughlin, "Science with the Square Kilometre Array", eds: C. Carilli, S. Rawlings, New Astronomy Reviews, Vol.48, Elsevier

"Exploration of the unknown," Wilkinson et al, 2004, "Science with the Square Kilometre Array", eds: C. Carilli, S. Rawlings, New Astronomy Reviews, Vol.48, Elsevier

 

 

15

New Telescopes:  Optical

Pan Starrs:

Supernovae: Tonry

Gamma-ray bursts:  Chambers

AGN:  Chambers

LSST:  Design Reference Mission

 

6

20

New Telescopes:  High Energy

 

 

 

II.  Solar System

 

 

22

Asteroids/KBOs as foregrounds and targets

Risk of Earth Impacts (Chesley et al 2002)
Discovery of UB313 (Brown et al. 2005)

7

27

Extrasolar planets (Jovian flares)

Jovian Decametric Emission (Zarka 2004)

 

Observations of extrasolar planets (Bastian et al 2000)


Radio Detection of Extrasolar Planets (Lazio et al 2004)

The influence of stellar wind conditions on the detectability of planetary radio emissions (Grießmeier et al 2005)

 

 

III.  Galactic Phenomena

 

 

29

Extrasolar planets
(Discovery and characterization through transits)

Borucki, W. J., Dunham,E. W.,Koch, D. G.,Cochran, W. D., Rose, J. A., Cullers, K., Granados, A., and Jenkins, J. M., FRESIP: A Mission to Determine the Character and Frequency of Extra-Solar Planets Around Solar-Like Stars, Astrophysics & Space Science, 241, 111-134,(1996)


Borucki, W. J., Koch, D., Basri, G., Brown, T., Caldwell, D., DeVore, E., Dunham, E., Gautier, T., Geary, J., Gilliland, R., Gould, A., Howell, S., Jenkins, J., and Latham, D., Kepler Mission: Design, Expected Science Results, Opportunities to Participate, A Decade of Extrasolar Planets around Normal Stars (ed. M. Livio), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005 in preparation

 

A Transiting "51 Peg–like" Planet
Gregory W. Henry, Geoffrey W. Marcy, R. Paul Butler , and Steven S. Vogt

TrES-2: The First Transiting Planet in the Kepler Field, O'Donovan et al 2006

8

6 Mar

Neutron Stars I (Pulsar searching, RRATS, Giant pulses, SKA)

(Paul Demorest)

 

General pulsar science goals, technical requirements:
Cordes et al, "Pulsars as tools for fundamental physics and astrophysics,"
in Science with the Square Kilometer Array, eds: Carilli and Rawlings,
2004.


Giant pulses:
Hankins et al, "Nanosecond radio bursts from strong plasma turbulence in the Crab pulsar," Nature, 422, 141-143, 2003

RRATs: McLaughlin et al, "Transient radio bursts from rotating neutron stars,"
Nature, 439, 817-820, 2006.

Binary timing / GR tests: Kramer et al, "Tests of General Relativity from Timing the Double Pulsar," Science, 314, 97-102, 2006.

 

8

Neutron Stars II
(Pulsar binaries, Galactic Center Pulsar, Gamma-ray pulsars)

 

General pulsar science goals, technical requirements:
Kramer et al, "Strong-field tests of gravity using pulsars and black holes,"
in Science with the Square Kilometer Array, eds: Carilli and Rawlings, 2004.

  

"Frame Dragging and Other Precessional Effects in Black Hole Pulsar Binaries", Wex & Kopeikin, 1999, ApJ, 514, 388

 

"Finding Radio Pulsars in and beyond the Galactic Center," Cordes & Lazio, 1997, ApJ, 475, 557
Pulses from Geminga, Thompson & Fichtel 1977, ApJ, 213, 252
Gamma-ray pulsar search, Chandler et al, 2001, ApJ, 556, 59
Gamma-ray Pulsar Simulations for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), Razzano, astro-ph/0612637

9

13

Ultra-luminous X-ray sources/Intermediate mass black holes

Classifying the Zoo of Ultraluminous X-ray Sources, Soria et al 2005, CHJAS, 5, 153
EXIST (Grindlay 2004)
SKA and stellar mass black holes (Fender 2004)

Is M82 X-1 Really An Intermediate-Mass Black Hole? X-Ray Spectral and Timing Evidence, R. Fiorito, L. Titarchuk, ApJ 614, L113 (2004)

 

15

Sagittarius A*

 

 

 

  IV.  Extragalactic Phenomena

 

10

20

Supernovae IA

Proposal: Perlmutter, S., Levi, M., etal., Supernova / Acceleration Probe (SNAP) An Experiment to Measure the Properties of the Accelerating Universe. A Science Proposal to the Depertment of Energy and the National Science Foundation. 2000-2-16 v1.2

 

LSST:  Design Reference Mission

 

22

*NO CLASS*

 

11

27

**Spring Break**

 

 

29

**Spring Break**

 

12

3 Apr

Gamma-ray bursts I (orphan afterglows)
(Dan Perley)

How to Tell a Jet from a Balloon: A Proposed Test for Beaming in Gamma-Ray Bursts, Rhoads, 1997, ApJL, 487, 1

Orphan Afterglows of Collimated Gamma-Ray Bursts: Rate Predictions and Prospects for Detection, Totani & Panaitescu, 2002, 576, 120

Radio and Optical Follow-up Observations of a Uniform Radio Transient Search: Implications for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Supernovae, Gal-Yam et al, 2006, ApJ, 639, 331

Constraining the rate of GRB visible afterglows with the CFHTLS very wide survey, Malacrino etal, 2007, A&A, 464, L29


 

5

*NO CLASS*

 

13

10

AGN (tidal flares) (Thea Steele)

X-ray Flare of NGC 5905 (Li et al 2002)

X-ray variability in RX J1242.6_1119A (Komossa et al 2004)

Candidate events from XMM-Newton (Esquiej et al 2007)

 

 

V.  Exotica

 

 

12

Evaporating black holes (Josh von Korff)

 Hawking, S. "Black Hole Explosions?"

Rees, M. "A Better Way of Searching for Black Hole Explosions?"

Phinney & Taylor, "A Sensitive Search for Radio Pulses from Primordial Black Holes and Distant Supernovae"

O'Sullivan et. al. "Limits on Cosmic Radio Bursts With Microsecond Time Scales"

Hawking, S. "Gravitationally Collapsed Objects of Very Low Mass"
Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc. (1971) v. 152, p. 75-78

14

17

Neutrino transients
(Bryan Metzger)

 

"Best Bet Astrophysical Neutrino Sources" Dermer, Charles D. -
astro-ph/0611191

"TeV-PeV Neutrinos from Giant Flares of Magnetars and the case of SGR
1806-20" Ioka et al. - astro-ph/0503279


"High Energy Neutrino Astronomy: The Cosmic Ray Connection" Halzen &
Hooper - astro-ph/0204527

"Status of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory" - Ahrens et al. 2004

"Detecting neutrino transients with optical follow-up observations" -
Kowalski & Mohr - astroph/0701618

"Future Detection of Supernova Neutrino Burst and Explosion Mechanism" -
Totani et al.~1998 ApJ, 496:216-225



 

19

Cosmic ray transients (Ignacio Taboada)

 

The highest-energy cosmic rays
James W. Cronin
Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Volume 138, January 2005, Pages 465-491


The First Scientific Results from the Pierre Auger Observatory
T. Yamamoto (for The Pierre Auger Observatory Collaboration)
arXiv:astro-ph/0601035v1


The Origin of Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Hillas, A. M.
Annual review of astronomy and astrophysics. Volume 22. 1984, p. 425-444.

15

24

Gravity waves I  (Discovery, LIGO & LISA) (Jeff Silverman)

 

"Gravitational-Wave Astronomy", Tyson and Giffard, ARAA, 1978, 16:521-54.

"LASER INTERFEROMETER GRAVITATIONAL WAVE OBSERVATORY - LIGO - Gravitational
Waves", Daniel Sigg, Proceedings of TASI 98 (Theoretical Advanced Study
Institute in Elementary Particle Physics).

"Search for gravitational-wave bursts in LIGO data from the fourth science
run", Abbott, B. et. al, arXiv:0704.0943v1 [gr-qc,] 6 Apr 2007.

"GOLDEN BINARY GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE SOURCES: ROBUST PROBES OF STRONG-FIELD
GRAVITY", Hughes and Menou, ApJ, 623:689–699, 2005 April 20.



 

26

Core Collapse Supernovae
(Ryan Foley)

 

16

1  May

SETI (Mohan Ganeshalingam)

The Search of ET Intelligence, Jill Tarter, Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 39: 511-548


Optical SETI at Harvard- Smithsonian, Howard et al., Bioastronomy 99:A New Era in the Search for Life

Searching for Interstellar Commuications, Giuseppe Cocconi and Phillip Morrison, Nature, Vol. 184, Number 4690, pp. 844-846, September 19, 1959

SEIT with SKA, Alan J. Penny, Conference contribution to UK workshop; on SKA


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3  May

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