Category Archives: physics

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 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 61 – Laurens Keek



In this podcast, we talked about the nuclear explosion happening on the surface of neutron star, and how these objects located thousands of light years away can be used to better understand nuclear physics.

Guest: Laurens Keek

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot

Duration: 20 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan


AstroMcGill Episode 26 – Brian Schmidt



Special podcast with 2011 Physics Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt (Australian National University). We had the honor of receiving Brian Schmidt for a podcast interview, during which we talked about his discovery that the Universe was expanding. Brian Schmidt, Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011.

Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Dave Tsang.

Duration: 27 minutes.


AstroMcGill Episode 6 – Adam Showman



Guest: Adam Showman, professor at the Lunar and Planetary Lab (University of Arizona). We discussed different aspects related to his research on exoplanets.

Hosts: James Kennedy, Sebastien Guillot and Ryan Lynch.

Duration: 20 minutes.


AstroMcGill Episode 5 – John Tomsick



Guest: John Tomsick, Assistant Research Scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory (UC Berkeley). We discussed his research in the field of X-ray astrophysics, namely, observations of X-ray binaries (black holes or neutron stars in binary systems with bright X-ray emissions).

Hosts: James Kennedy, Sebastien Guillot and Ryan Lynch.

Duration: 18 minutes.