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Binary interactions on the post-main sequence, J. Nordhaus

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Jason Nordhaus

School of Mathematical Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology

“Binary interactions on the post-main sequence”


The physics of post-main-sequence binaries is rich with open theoretical questions. Planetary and stellar companions orbiting within ~5 AU of their host stars may strongly interact as the primary star evolves off the main sequence. In this talk, I will highlight a few of the physical processes that can occur when the companion becomes engulfed in a common envelope (CE). In particular, I will discuss the amplification of magnetic fields during the CE, where to look for planetary companions around white dwarfs and the formation and shaping of planetary nebulae. For the last 10 minutes of this talk, I will also discuss work I have been doing building astronomy opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT.

Coffee will be available in the Atrium, 2nd floor, at 10:00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you at the Colloquium! As a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!

Prof. Sarah Gallagher
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext. 86438
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