IPAC organizes and hosts a number of meetings and conferences.
IPAC hosts seminars every Wednesday from 12-1pm in IPAC's Large Conference Room (102) except where noted. Directions can be found on the visitor information page. Pizza and soda are available for purchase at a modest fee. Some weeks, the Time Domain Forum talk (which is not a lunch talk) is held on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 pm.
To receive seminar notification emails, you may sign up here. If you are interested in presenting a talk or seminar, please contact Peter Capak (Extragalactic), or Stephen Kane (Galactic/Solar System/Exoplanets). To present at the Time Domain Forum, contact Luisa Rebull.
Here is a partial list of astronomy-related talks in Pasadena:
- Caltech Astronomy Tea Talk (Mondays, 4pm)
- Caltech DPS Division Seminar (Mondays, 4pm)
- IR/sub-mm/mm Sack lunch series (Tuesdays, 12:15pm)
- Carnegie Colloquia series (Tuesdays, 4pm)
- Caltech Astronomy Colloquia (Wednesdays, 4pm)
- Caltech Physics Research Conference (Thursdays, 4pm)
- Carnegie Lunch Talk Series (Fridays, 12:15pm)
Special Note: For more astronomy related talks around Pasadena, check the following list maintained by IPAC scientist Solange Ramirez.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
One of the main drivers for the impressive progress seen in high contrast high angular resolution astronomy is the direct detection and characterization of Earth-like extrasolar planets. While such exquisite observations remain an exciting goal for the future, the corresponding instrument and data processing developments have already led to a number of new astronomical results. This rapid progress is based on the emergence of fairly recent techniques, such as single-mode interferometry, nulling interferometry, extreme AO, phase-mask coronagraphy, aperture masking, optical aperture synthesis etc. As the capabilities of these high contrast techniques improved over time, I have applied them to the characterization of increasingly difficult astronomical sources, ranging from late type stars upper atmospheric layers to hot debris disks and faint stellar companions. I concentrate here on some applications of high contrast stellar interferometry, as illustrated by past observations from IOTA and Keck, and on-going developments at Palomar (Fiber Nuller) and the LBTI.