ASTRONOMY 290A -- FALL 2002

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN ASTROPHYSICS

AT UC BERKELEY AND ITS ENVIRONS


Coordinator: D. Backer

Time: 4:10-5:00 PM Tuesdays

Place: 544 Campbell

Tea, often with speaker, at 3:30 in 6th floor lounge

Credit: One Unit


This course provides a survey of the research opportunities available to UC Berkeley graduate students interested in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Research groups in the Astronomy, Physics and Earth & Planetary Sciences Departments along with those at the Space Sciences Laboratory, Radio Astronomy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be represented.

The format is a weekly, one-hour presentation of current interests by a representative (usually the PI) of a research group. Occasionally we will organize a lab tour as part of the presentation. Astronomy 290B in Spring 2003 will continue the series.

First year graduate students in Astronomy must take this course; graduate students in other Departments, and others interested in finding out what's going are all welcome.

SCHEDULE


Aug 27 - Wells, Monroe, McDonald, Plonsey, Bowne: "Introduction from Staff"

Sep 3 - Marc Davis; md_ADS : "Adventures in DEEP Space"

Sep 10 - Jack Welch; ww_ADS :"Radio Astronomer at Work"

Sep 17 - Chris McKee; cm_ADS :"Star Formation"

Sep 24 - Eugene Chiang; ec_ADS : "Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems"

Oct 1 - Charles Townes; ct_ADS :"Detailed Views of Old Stars from Narrow-band Mid-IR Interferometry"

Oct 8 - Geoff Marcy; gm_ADS :"Multiple Planets with Multiple Mirrors"

Oct 15 - Jon Arons ; ja_ADS : "Astrophysical Compact Objects: Theory of high energy particle acceleration and non-thermal Photon Emission"

Oct 22 - Al Glassgold; ag_ADS : "Physical Processes in Star Formation"

Oct 29 - Bob Lin (meet @ SSL?); rl_ADS : "Astrophysics and Space Sciences at SSL"

Nov 5 - Imke de Pater; id_ADS :"Planetary Science with Radio and Infrared Telescopes"

Nov 12 - Don Backer; db_ADS : "Pulsars, Gravitational Waves & Massive Black Holes"

Nov 19 - Richard Klein; rk_ADS :"The Formation of Stars in Turbulent Molecular Clouds"

Nov 26 - Bernard Sadoulet; bs_ADS : "Dark Matter"

Dec 3 - Eliot Quataert; eq_ADS : ``Black Holes''