CFHT, Science, Seminars
Schedule of Upcoming Seminars at CFHT in the large conference room
September 27, 2017, at
Clare Higgs (University of Victoria)
"Solo Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Group"
August 14, 2017, at
Olivia Lim (Université de Montréal)
Abstract:SPIRou is a near-infrared spectropolarimeter and high-precision
velocimeter expected to be installed at CFHT at the end of 2017. It is mostly
dedicated to the search and characterization of exoplanets orbiting low-mass
stars such as M dwarfs. In this context, it is important to not only select
the right candidates to observe but also to better understand how their
activity can affect the observations. In this talk, I will present the two
projects I have been working on this summer. The first part of the
presentation will focus on the project at CFHT, supervised by Pascal Fouqué.
This project aims at confirming and ruling out binary and multiple systems
made of at least one M dwarf to avoid observing such systems with SPIRou and
also to determine the occurrence of multiplicity among M dwarfs. I will
present an automated procedure that first, detects possibly false binaries or
multiples, and second, could verify if other systems are bound. The second
part of the presentation will be on the project in Montreal, supervised by
Lison Malo. The goal of this project is to measure the magnetic field in
M dwarfs to better filter out activity signals from spectra that will be used
to search for exoplanets. I will briefly present our latest results along
with comparisons to measurements obtained by different methods.
"Preparing for SPIRou: Binaries and magnetic fields in M dwarfs"
July 24 2017, at
Meg Schwamb (Gemini Observatories)
Abstract: Planet Four and Planet Four: Terrains
are citizen science projects mining Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter mages to explore how the south pole of Mars is
sculpted by the never-ending cycle of freezing and thawing of exposed
carbon dioxide ice. In the summer, carbon dioxide geysers loft dust and
dirt through cracks in the thawing carbon dioxide ice sheet to the
surface where winds blow the material into the hundreds of thousands of
dark fans observed from orbit. Planet Four enlists over 136,000
volunteers to map the sizes, shapes, and orientations of these fans in
HiRISE images. Planet Four is creating an unprecedented wind map of the
south pole of Mars in order to probe how the Martian climate changes over
time and is impacted year to year by dust storms and and other
global-scale events. Planet Four: Terrains, aims to study the
distribution of the geyser process across the south pole and identify new
targets of interest for HiRISE. Over 12,000 people have helped identify
the channels and pits (dubbed araneiforms) carved during the geyser
formation process. In this talk, I'll give an overview of Planet Four and
Planet Four: Terrains and present the latest results from these projects.
"Exploring Mars with 150,000 Earthlings"
May 2017, at
Calen Henderson (JPL)
The past three years have witnessed a revolution in microlensing searches for exoplanets. Spitzer campaigns in 2014, 2015, and 2016 have transformed space-based microlensing observations from a novelty to an industry. Campaign 9 of Kepler's extended K2 mission conducted the first automated microlensing survey from the ground and from space. These endeavors facilitate measuring a key observable known as the satellite parallax, which leads to model-independent mass measurements for the lensing systems and opens a new window for astrophysical exploration. I will discuss the scientific methodology and utility of these missions, highlight several key results, and emphasize the preparatory work for and expected yields of the WFIRST microlensing survey.
"Space, the Next Frontier: Exoplanetary Microlensing in the era of Spitzer and K2 with an eye toward WFIRST"
January 19 2017, at
Elodie Hebrard (York University)
Abstract: The detection extra-solar planets through radial-velocity searches
is likely limited by the intrinsic magnetic activity of the host stars. The
correlated magnetic noise that arises from their natural radial-velocity
variability (jitter) can easily mimic and hide the orbital signals of
super-Earth and Earth-mass exoplanets.
The modeling of the RV jitter is thus essential to extrasolar planets searches.
I will present here a technique we can use to filter out the RV activity
jitter of low-mass star as well as what we currently know about the magnetic
field of cool stars
"The magnetic personality of stars"
Seminars at other Institutions operating on Mauna Kea and the Big Island:
List of recent past seminars at CFHT.
E-mail correspondence to Andreea Petric: (Petric (at) cfht (dot) hawaii (dot) edu) who coordinates the seminars.