Category Archives: Seminars

AIMS Seminar: Dr Ignacy Sawicki

This week we had a stimulating seminar by Iggy Sawicki, our new postdoc, who packed out our cosy seminar room with a talk entitled: “Testing dark energy as a function of scale”. You can see the slides of his talk below,  admire … Continue reading

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Recent AIMS seminars

We have had a spate of stimulating seminars recently covering a number of topics in cosmology, statistics and radio astronomy. Here are the slides for you to enjoy! Gianni Bernardi, 14 August 2013 Sajeeth Philip, 31 July 2013 Kim McAlpine, … Continue reading

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FameLab Finals

Michelle recently got through to the final 10 of the international FameLab competition during which she gave two talks; one on pulsar networks as detectors of gravitational waves and one on quantum fluctuations during inflation as the source of all structures … Continue reading

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Research: A Survival Guide – Bruce Bassett

Now that the winter travel schedule has a brief break, some belated posts on our last couple of talks. Back in June, Bruce Bassett gave an entertaining talk to the AIMS students about what they should expect if they continue … Continue reading

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Aspects of Dark Energy and Cosmic Curvature – Patrice Okouma

On Monday AIMS PhD student Patrice Okouma talked to the group about the work he did for his recently submitted PhD thesis on Dark Energy and Cosmic Curvature. Patrice began by telling us about his work on baryon acoustic oscillations … Continue reading

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Challenging the Isotropic Cosmos – Tarun Souradeep

Two weeks ago at AIMS we hosted the first Cape Town Astronomy and Cosmology Colloquium of the year. These colloquia are intended to bring together the Cape Town astronomy community to hear distinguished local and visiting scientists give general interest … Continue reading

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Designing Future CMB Experiments – Martin Bucher

Two weeks ago at AIMS, Martin Bucher from (University Paris Diderot 7) gave us a seminar on the future of CMB experiments. Martin began by reviewing CMB physics, explaining how the measured temperature data is reduced to give power spectra, … Continue reading

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Is the Cosmological Coincidence a Problem? – Seminar by Navin Sivanandam

Last week, we enjoyed a seminar by Dr. Navin Sivanandam, a postdoc at AIMS, about his latest paper. Navin’s surprising answer to the above question is no, the cosmological coincidence is not something we should concern ourselves with. He uses … Continue reading

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Casting Light on Antimatter: Fundamental Physics with Bottled Antihydrogen Atoms with Project ALPHA at CERN – Makoto Fujiwara

Our second talk this week was from Makoto Fujiwara, who was visiting from TRIUMF in Canada. Prof. Fujiwara talked to us about the work he and his collaborators have been doing to create and trap atoms of anti-hydrogen at CERN. … Continue reading

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Optimization of Multi-Object Spectroscopy in Astronomy – Brent Miszalski

Yesterday at AIMS we were fortunate enough to have two seminars to start off the week. The first was from Brent Miszalski who is a SALT Research Fellow at the SAAO. He came to tell us about an optimization problem … Continue reading

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Another propagation of ‘light’ in the heart

A few weeks ago (back on February 27th) the cosmology group seminar took an unusual turn from outer to Inner Space. Sehun Chun, who’s a researcher at AIMS, gave us a fascinating talk on his work on electrical propagation in … Continue reading

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Non-Gaussian perturbations from mixed inflaton-curvaton scenario – José Fonseca

José Fonseca from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth gave the AIMS cosmology seminar on Monday 13th February on his work with David Wands (in astro-ph/1101.1254 and ongoing research) on non-gaussianities in curvaton models of … Continue reading

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