Science & Technology


AstroMcGill Episode 47 – Falk Herwig

Guest: Falk Herwig

This podcast discussion focused on stars and how they create the “heavy” elements present in the Universe, in other words, the nuclear reactions that led to the expression “We are made of star stuff”. To view the videos mentioned in this episode, see this page and this page.

Host: Ryan Lynch

Duration: 26 minutes

Production: Mike Collicutt

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April 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 46 – Jess McMahon

Guest: Jess McMahon

Jeff’s field of study is cosmology. During this podcast, we talked about his work on measurements of the cosmic microwave background and his involvement with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot

Duration: 26 minutes

Production: Mike Collicutt

 

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April 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 45 – Matt Mountain

Guest: Matt Mountain

We had a very interesting and inspiring discussion about the Hubble Space Telescope, and the many discoveries made by this telescope. We also talked about Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, and its potential to search for life outside of our Solar system.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot

Duration: 35 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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April 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 44 – Anna Frebel

Guest: Anna Frebel (MIT).

Anna studies very old stars, almost as old as the Universe itself. We discussed the implication of their existence and how she is looking for these peculiar and very faint stars. She also posts videos sharing her experiences at some of the largest telescopes in the world. Check out her YouTube channel.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot.

Duration: 28 minutes

 

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February 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 43 – David Nataf

GuestDavid Nataf (Australian National University).

David observes the stars in the bulge of our Galaxy to measure their abundance of helium and their ages, an important step to understand the history of our Galaxy.

HostJames Kennedy.

Duration: 22 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan

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January 17, 2014 at 9:56 am


AstroMcGill Episode 42 – Daisuke Nagai

Guest: Daisuke Nagai (Yale)

We talked about computational cosmology, and how computer simulations can help us understand many things about the Universe.

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and James Kennedy

Duration: 22 minutes

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December 2, 2013 at 11:31 am


AstroMcGill Episode 41 – Andrea Ghez

Guest: Andrea Ghez (UCLA)

Andrea visited the Physics Department to give the Anna I. McPherson Lectures 2013/2014 and it was our pleasure to record this podcast with her. We discussed her recent work on the supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy, and the observational techniques developed to indirectly observe it.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot

Duration: 25 minutes

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December 2, 2013 at 11:30 am


AstroMcGill Episode 40 – Anže Slosar

Guest: Anže Slosar (Brookhaven Nat.Lab.)

By observing the light scattered from very distant quasars, Anže uses hydrogen in the line of sight of these quasars to understand the 3-dimensional structure on matter in the Universe.

Hosts: Robert Archibald andSebastien Guillot

Duration: 23 minutes

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December 2, 2013 at 11:28 am


AstroMcGill Episode 39 – Douglas Scott

Guest: Douglas Scott (UBC)

He is a member of the PLANCK Satellite team, and we talked about the last results from this great cosmological mission.

Host: Ryan Lynch

Duration: 17 minutes

 

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December 2, 2013 at 11:27 am


AstroMcGill Episode 38 – Wesley Fraser

Guest: Wesley Fraser (NRC-HIA)

We talked about the Kuiper Belt, a zone of the outer Solar System, where the demoted planet Pluto sits, and the information we can get from Kuiper Belt objects.

Host: Sebastien Guillot and Dave Tsang

Duration: 20 minutes

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November 8, 2013 at 10:57 am