astro-ph coffee suggested papers for Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 03:00:00 PM

astro-ph coffee will be held at the date and time above in the PAB 3rd-floor reading room. Some suggested papers of interest are listed below.

27 Aug 2013

We compile and analyse long term (~10 year) submillimetre (1.3, 0.87, 0.43 mm, submm) wavelength light curves of the Galactic centre black hole, Sagittarius A*. The 0.87 and 0.43 mm data are taken from the literature, while the majority of the 1.3 mm light curve is from previously unpublished SMA and CARMA data. We use Monte Carlo simulations to show that on minute to few hour time-scales the variability is consistent with a red noise process with a 230 GHz power spectrum slope of 2.3+0.8-0.6 a...

28 Aug 2013

We investigate the prospects of blind and targeted searches in the radio domain (10 MHz to 1 THz) for high-n hydrogen recombination lines from the first generation of galaxies, at z < 10. The expected optically thin spontaneous alpha-line luminosities are calculated as a function of the absolute AB magnitude of a galaxy at 1500 angstrom. For a blind search, semi-empirical luminosity functions are used to calculate the number of galaxies whose expected flux densities exceed an assumed detecta...

27 Aug 2013

We present MOSFIRE spectroscopy of 13 candidate z~8 galaxies selected as Y-dropouts as part of the BoRG pure parallel survey. We detect no significant lya emission (our median 1-sigma rest frame equivalent width sensitivity is in the range 2-16 AA). Using the Bayesian framework derived in a previous paper, we perform a rigorous analysis of a statistical subsample of non-detections for ten Y-dropouts, including data from the literature, to study the cosmic evolution of the lya emission of Lyman ...

25 Aug 2013

Recent observations of a large number of DA and DB white dwarfs show evidence of debris disks, which are the remnants of old planetary systems. The infrared excess detected with \emph{Spitzer} and the lines of heavy elements observed in their atmospheres with high-resolution spectroscopy converge on the idea that planetary material accretes onto these stars. Accretion rates have been derived by several authors with the assumption of a steady state between accretion and gravitational settling. T...

25 Aug 2013

We present the discovery of a very cold, very low mass, nearby brown dwarf using data from the NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The object, WISE J064723.23-623235.5, has a very red WISE color of W1-W2 > 3.77 mag and a very red Spitzer Space Telescope color of ch1-ch2 = 2.82+/-0.09 mag. In J_MKO-ch2 color (7.58+/-0.27 mag) it is one of the two or three reddest brown dwarfs known. Our grism spectrum from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) confirms it to be the seventeenth Y dwarf...

24 Aug 2013

We present {\it Gemini} longslit optical spectroscopy and VLA radio observations of the nuclear region of NGC 4178, a late-type bulgeless disk galaxy recently confirmed to host an AGN through infrared and X-ray observations. Our observations reveal that the dynamical center of the galaxy is coincident with the location of the {\it Chandra} X-ray point source discovered in a previous work, providing further support for the presence of an AGN. While the X-ray and IR observations provide robust ev...

22 Aug 2013

We present a detailed spectroscopic analysis of the hot DA white dwarf G191-B2B, using the best signal to noise, high resolution near and far UV spectrum obtained to date. This is constructed from co-added \textit{HST} STIS E140H, E230H, and \textit{FUSE} observations, covering the spectral ranges of 1150-3145\AA\, and 910-1185\AA\, respectively. With the aid of recently published atomic data, we have been able to identify previously undetected absorption features down to equivalent widths of o... v0.91ijc based on the original Updated 2013/08/29 14:11:45

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