Thomas Janka (MPA Garching) visited to give the department colloquium on core-collapse supernova explosions with a sequel science coffee discussion on kicks, fallback, and nucleosynthesis. He also talked with members of the department. Great to have him visit!
I participated in an event organized to honor 100 years of IAU. I argued that joining SDSS-V would be a good idea to complement existing efforts in photometry and spectroscopy of variable stars, and survey involvement like ASAS-SN and LSST. I also suggested that we should form “International research school in astronomy in Prague/Czech Republic” to attract great PhD students. I learned later that others have proposed similar idea in the past. On a related note, I advocated for establishing “Kepler Postdoctoral Fellowship” to bring excellent early career scientists.
Nadia Zakamska (Johns Hopkins) visited our group and the department this week, giving talks on supermassive black holes and exoplanets. She met with students and postdocs and we also discussed some exciting stellar science. The visit was organized with the help of Role Models in Physics small grant from the US Embassy in Prague.
A number of people of from around Prague collectively joined LISA consortium. Excited to see where the quest for gravitational waves takes in 2030s and beyond. Our group now has website czechLISA.cz.
I spoke about core-collapse supernovae and stellar mergers at ELI Beamlines. A lot of interest in radiative shock and their nonlinear thin-shell instability.
This week I visited Columbia, Princeton/IAS, Stony Brook (Astronomy seminar) and Center for Computational Astrophysics (lunch talk).
Great meeting in Seattle, where I presented a talk on circumstellar material created by merging stars. Great discussions, meeting new people, ideas for projects.
Very happy that Petr Kurfürst moved to Prague to work with us full-time on (radiation) hydrodynamics of transients.
We had a pleasure to host Bernhard Müller from Monash University who gave a special relativistic seminar on “Unravelling the mysteries of exploding massive stars”.