Category Archives: AstroMcGill

AstroMcGill Episode 73 – Vikram Ravi



Vikram discusses Fast Radio Bursts, mysterious, millisecond-long, intense bursts of radio waves that probably come from beyond the Milky Way Galaxy.

Guest: Vikram Ravi (California Institute of Technology).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Robert Archibald.

Duration: 16 minutes.

Production: Nick Adelson.


AstroMcGill Episode 72 – Steve Kawaler



Steve discusses how we can learn about the insides of stars by observing their surfaces, and how the Kepler Space telescope is the perfect instrument not only for finding extrasolar planets, but also studying oscillations on the surface of stars. We also talk about how the K2 mission is allowing us to do great science after the failure of a reaction wheel ended Kepler’s primary mission.

Guest: Steve Kawaler (Iowa State University).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Robert Archibald.

Duration: 22 minutes.

Production: Nick Adelson.


AstroMcGill Episode 70 – Tom Prince



Tom Prince visited McGill as part of the opening of the new McGill Space Institute. We talk to Tom about his work with the Palomar Transient Factory and the upcoming Zwicky Transient Facility.

Guest: Tom Prince (California Institute of Technology).

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Emilie Parent.

Duration: 25 minutes.

Production: Nick Adelson.

 


AstroMcGill Episode 69 – Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell



We were visited by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars during her graduate studies in the 1960s. She talks to us about the still highly active field of pulsar astronomy and her varied career since their discovery. We also discuss her tireless advocacy for women in physics and astronomy.

Guest: Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Oxford University).

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 20 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.


AstroMcGill Episode 68 – Chiara Mingarelli



Chiara talks to us about how timing the rotation of pulsars can be used to detect gravitational waves–ripples in the very fabric of the cosmos.

Guest: Chiara Mingarelli (California Institute of Technology).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Chitrang Patel.

Duration: 19 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.


AstroMcGill Episode 67 – Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz



Enrico talks to us about the formation of heavy elements in the Universe through processes such as neutron star mergers.

Guest: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (University of California Santa Cruz).

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Chitrang Patel.

Duration: 17 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

 


AstroMcGill Episode 66 – Bryan Gaensler



Bryan talks to us about magnetic fields in the Universe (and a little bit about cows).

Guest: Bryan Gaensler (University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 21 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

 


AstroMcGill Episode 65 – Beth Wilman



We discussed how astronomers can studied cosmology, the formation and evolution of the Universe, by observing nearby dwarfs galaxies, instead of extremely distant galaxies at the edge of the Universe.

Guest: Beth Willman (Haverford College).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 23 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.


AstroMcGill Episode 64 – Jason Wright



We talked about exoplanets, detecting exoplanets through measurements of radial velocities, and what we can look forward to from this field in the near future. The two websites mentioned during the podcast are exoplanets.org and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder.

Guest: Jason Wright

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Erik Madsen

Duration: 40 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan


AstroMcGill Episode 63 – Kendrick Smith



We discussed the large-scale structure of the Universe and how we can understand it from observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background emission, the relic light from the formation of the Universe.

Guest: Kendrick Smith

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Gabrielle Simard

Duration: 13 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan