CFHT, Science, Seminars

Schedule of Upcoming Seminars at CFHT in the large conference room

  September 27, 2017, at 11:00am
    Clare Higgs (University of Victoria)
    "Solo Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Group"

  August 14, 2017, at 11:00am
    Olivia Lim (Université de Montréal)
    "Preparing for SPIRou: Binaries and magnetic fields in M dwarfs"
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. .
  July 24 2017, at 11:00am
    Meg Schwamb (Gemini Observatories)
    "Exploring Mars with 150,000 Earthlings"
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.
  May 2017, at 11:00am
    Calen Henderson (JPL)
    "Space, the Next Frontier: Exoplanetary Microlensing in the era of Spitzer and K2 with an eye toward WFIRST"
Abstract: 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.
  January 19 2017, at 11:00am
    Elodie Hebrard (York University)
    "The magnetic personality of stars"
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
  Seminars at other Institutions operating on Mauna Kea and the Big Island: IfA, Subaru. List of recent past seminars at CFHT.

E-mail correspondence to Andreea Petric: (Petric (at) cfht (dot) hawaii (dot) edu) who coordinates the seminars.