Adventurous Biermann lectures 2011

In this year's Biermann lectures, Prof. Eliot Quataert from the University of California, Berkeley, will speak to his audience about "Adventures in Theoretical Astrophysics". His series of talks will touch on some of the astrophysical processes and objects he studies, ranging from plasmas in galaxy clusters, through star and galaxy formation to gravitational wave sources.

Biermann lectures 2011 by Prof. Eliot Quataert (University of California, Berkeley)

For most people "adventure" would not be the first association when thinking of analytical calculations or numerical simulations in theoretical astrophysics. However, the objects under study - black holes, gas moving at relativistic speeds, starbursts - are exciting and Quataert is keen not only on trying to understand the physical processes happening there but also on communicating his knowledge and fascination to his students, to other astronomers, and to the wider public.

After his physics undergraduate degree at MIT and his PhD in Astronomy from Harvard in 1999 (under the supervision of previous Biermann lecturer Ramesh Narayan), Quataert spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2001. There he is now director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center and the Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair in Physics. In addition to being named Biermann lecturer 2011, he has received a number of national awards in the USA for his research, in particular plasma and accretion physics.

The Biermann lecture series, which started in 1997, aims to stimulate scientific activities across the Munich astronomical community and has been very successful in previous years. World-class scientists working on topics in theoretical and computational astrophysics are invited to spend one month in Garching, to give a series of prize lectures and to interact with colleagues at MPA and in the various surrounding institutes.

linkPfeil.gifBiermann lectures 2011 by Prof. Eliot Quataert (University of California, Berkeley)

Tuesday, 5. July: "The Physics of Galaxy Cluster Plasmas"

Tuesday, 12. July: "Feedback from Radiation Pressure during Star and Galaxy Formation: What is it good for?"

Tuesday, 19. July: "The Search for Electromagnetic Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources"

All lectures will start at 15:30 in the new seminar room at MPE and will be preceded by tea, coffee and cookies at 15:15.