Pizza lunch talks

The API pizza lunch talks are informal, weekly meetings where people give a half hour overview of their work (or perhaps a totally different topic), in an informal atmosphere. Pizza meeting is not a colloquium, but is intended to inform and stimulate discussion about the topic.

More information (including tips for speakers, contact points and the latest API articles & circulars).

Upcoming lunch talks

Unusual scattering variability of the Crab Pulsar

Laura Driessen — API -- UvA

The Crab pulsar is a well-known, bright pulsar with interesting features such as giant pulses, glitches and anomalous scattering. We observed the Crab at 350MHz over two years with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope to investigate a period of anomalous scattering that occured from late 2012 to early 2013.

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Thursday 2 March 2017, 12:00. Location: C4.174

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Timo Halbema — API -- UvA

Thursday 9 March 2017, . Location: C4.174

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Juan Hernandez — API -- UvA

Thursday 16 March 2017, 12:00. Location: C4.174

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Liam Connor — API -- UvA

Thursday 6 April 2017, . Location: C4.174

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Silvia Toonen — API -- UvA

Thursday 13 April 2017, . Location: C4.174

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Yvette Cendes — API -- UvA/University of Toronto

Thursday 4 May 2017, . Location: C4.174

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Jess Broderick — Astron

Thursday 11 May 2017, 12:00. Location: C4.174

Past lunch talks

General relativistic MHD simulations of tilted accretion disks and jets

Matthew Liska — UvA -- API

In the past decade numerical general relativistic MHD simulations have shown that tilted accretion disks can precess at a constant rate around spinning black holes. This is an interesting result since it may be able to explain low frequency quasi periodic oscillations, which in turn contain a wealth of information about the black hole and the inner accretion flow.

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Thursday 23 February 2017, 12:00. Location: C4.174

Mass-Radius Diversity of Super-Earth Planets: the Role of the Rocky Core

Allona Vazan

Although we don't have such planets in our own solar system, super-Earths are the most abundant class of planets known to date in our galaxy. Those planets exhibit a great diversity in their mass-radius relation. Most studies attempt to relate this diversity to composition, but the thermal evolutio can play a key role in this diversity.

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Thursday 16 February 2017, 12:00. Location: C4.174

Interactive exploration of Newtonian n-body simulations, numerical methods and chaos

Shabaz Sultan

Newtonian gravity between two bodies is mathematically fairly straightforward and can be solved analytically. But starting from three bodies there is no known general solution, requiring computational modelling to study behaviour of a system over time.

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Thursday 2 February 2017, 12:00. Location: C4.174