IRAC Image of Orion Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo).
Spitzer Image of Orion

"It's much easier to be critical than to be correct."
Benjamin Disraeli, in a speech to the House of Commons

The Star and Planet Formation Journal Club is an informal forum for the CfA community where we discuss recent articles of interest in the literature. Our principal focus is on star and planet formation, although we also regularly discuss articles on the interstellar medium. We will meet every Wednesday during the '07-'08 school year, at 11:00 in Phillips auditorium, 60 Garden St. [city map & another]. Occasionally, because of space issues, we will meet in the M-340 conference room on the 3rd floor of 160 Concord St.

Coffee and cookies are provided, funded by passing the hat and some wheedling. Generous donations may lead to sweeter provisions. If you are looking for ideas for papers to present, a good place to start is the star formation newsletter and astro-ph.

Judging by our current attendence, we suggest that you make ~20 copies of the paper and/or handout for distribution.

Please sign up and remember the journal club motto: "It is easier to criticize than to be correct." Anyone who can find the Latin translation of this phrase will be rewarded with *extra free* coffee or cookies at the next journal club.

Upcoming Journal Clubs

Wed. April 9th
11am, Phillips
Jonathan Foster Magnetic Fields in Dark Cloud Cores: Arecibo OH Zeeman Observations by Troland and Crutcher 2008
http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.2253

Spring Journal Club


Wed. January 16
11am, Phillips
Nate Bastian Seminar: Young star clusters: IMFs, star-formation efficiencies, and early evolution
Wed. January 23
11am, M-340
Steven Longmore A Minimum Column Density of 1 g cm-2 for Massive Star Formation, Krumholz & McKee, available at http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/0801.0442
Wed. January 30
11am, Phillips
Jens Kauffmann Dense core compression and fragmentation induced by the scattering of hydromagnetic waves, by van Loo, Falle and Hartquist, 2007
MNRAS 376, 779
Wed. February 6
11am, Phillips
Rob Gutermuth Characterizing the nature of embedded young stellar objects through silicate, ice and millimeter observations by Crapsi et al., 2008
Accepted to A&A, available at http://arxiv.org/abs/0801.4139
Wed. February 13
11am, M-340
Rahul Shetty The Volume Densities of GMCs in M81 by Heiner et al. 2008
ApJ 673, 788
Wed. February 20
11am, Phillips
No Speaker No Title
Wed. February 27
11am, Phillips
Jaime Pineda No Title
Wed. March 5
11am, M-340
No Speaker No Title
Wed. March 12
11am, Phillips
No Speaker No Title
Wed. March 19
11am, Phillips
Dawn Peterson No Title
Wed. March 26
11am, M-340
No Speaker No Title
Wed. April 2
11am, M-340
Kevin Covey Unveiling extremely veiled T Tauri stars by Gahm et al. 2008
http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/0803.3006
Wed. April 9th
11am, Phillips
Jonathan Foster Magnetic Fields in Dark Cloud Cores: Arecibo OH Zeeman Observations by Troland and Crutcher 2008
http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.2253
Wed. April 16
11am, M-340
No Speaker No Title
Wed. April 23
11am, Phillips
No Speaker No Title
Wed. April 30
11am, Phillips
Lori Allen No Title
Wed. May 7
11am, M-340
Scott Wolk No Title
Wed. May 14
11am, Phillips
No Speaker No Title


Fall Journal Club


Wed. October 3
11am, Phillips
Peter Plavchan Unveiling Disks Around M Dwarfs
Wed. October 10
11am, M-340
Kevin Covey The Burst Mode of Protostellar Accretion
Wed. October 17
11am, M-340
Michael Meyer The Stellar Mass Distribution in the Giant Star Forming Region NGC 346" by Sabbi et al. http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/0710.0558
Wed. October 24
11am, M-340
Jan Forbrich On the Rapid Collapse and Evolution of Molecular Clouds, Elmegreen, 2007(ApJ 668, 1064)
Wed. October 31
11am, M-340
Jonathan Devor Identification, Classifications, and Absolute Properties of 773 Eclipsing Binaries Found in the TrES Survey
Wed. November 7th
11am, Phillips
Jonathan Foster Multiple protostellar systems. II. A high resolution near-infrared imaging survey in nearby star-forming regions, Duchene et al., 2007(arXiv: 0710.0827)
Wed. November 14
11am, Phillips
John Bochanski Special Seminar: Slicing with Sloan: M dwarfs and the Milky Way

I will present results from two different studies that use Sloan Digital Sky Survey observations of low-mass stars to examine the history and evolution of the Local Milky Way. I will present preliminary results from my PhD thesis that focuses on constraining the initial mass function of low-mass stars. I employ a matched SDSS + 2MASS catalog that is over two orders of magnitude larger than any previous mass function sample. The second project uses a large spectroscopic sample of low-mass stars to trace the kinematic structure of the Milky Way to heights of 1.5 kpc above the Galactic Plane. These two studies, along with ongoing research at UW, are just a few examples of vast impact that SDSS has made on Galactic astronomy.
Wed. November 21
11am, Phillips
N/A Cancelled
Wed. November 28
11am, Phillips
Tyler Bourke Statistics of Core Lifetimes in Numerical Simulations of Turbulent, Magnetically Supercritical Molecular Clouds, Galvan-Madrid et al., 2007(ApJ, 670, 480)
Wed. December 5
11am, Phillips
Erik Rosolowsky The relationship between the prestellar core mass function and the stellar initial mass function, Goodwin et al., 2008 (arXiv: 0711.1749)
Wed. December 12
11am, Phillips
Sean Andrews Demographics of transition objects, Najita, Strom, & Muzerolle, 2007, MNRAS 378, 369
Wed. December 19
11am, Phillips
Eric Mamajek A kinematic study of the Taurus-Auriga Association, by Bertout and Genova (2006, A&A, 460, 499)


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If you would like to sign up to give a talk or discuss a paper, email the Journal Club wranglers: Kevin Covey (k c o v e y), Eric Mamajek (e m a m a j e k), or Erik Rosolowsky (e r o s o l o w) [each address is at the @cfa.harvard.edu domain].

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