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”.
Most of our team moved for couple to Paris to attend two meetings nearly coincident in space and time: Ondřej went to the LISA Astrophysics Working group workshop and Michał attended Gaia consortium meeting. Found a little bit of time to visit the grave of Urbain Le Verrier, one of the discoverers of Neptune.
We invite application for 1-2 postdoctoral positions in the area of computational astrophysics in the research group of Dr. Ondrej Pejcha at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. The successful candidates will lead development of new computational abilities to understand multi-dimensional evolution of catastrophic interactions of binary stars (mergers, common envelope, compact objects), and the associated radiation signatures (transients). The work will be performed within the project “Cat-In-hAT” funded by the ERC Starting Grant to our group.