Compact Objects in Michigan: 1st Meeting

Date: Friday, March 29, 2013

Location: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University (directions and parking information below).

Purpose of the meeting

The aim is to bring together all those interested in black holes and neutron stars from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. The hope is to foster collaboration between these three nearby universities, with this becoming a regular local meeting.  


Click here for a full list of participants.


Talks will be 12 minutes long with 3 minutes for questions and discussion.

The morning focuses on stellar-mass objects, while the afternoon focuses on extragalactic objects and supermassive black holes.

Click here for talk abstracts.


Time Speaker Title
9:30 - 10:00   Arrive - coffee & breakfast
10:00 - 10:05 Ed Cackett Welcome
10:05 - 10:20 Richard Plotkin The X-ray softening of accreting black holes towards quiescence
10:20 - 10:35 Federico Bernardini The variability of Cen X-4 in quiescence
10:35 - 10:50 Alex Deibel Mass and radius constraints using magnetar giant flare oscillations
10:50 - 11:05 Laurens Keek Oscillating around the transition from bursts to stable burning on neutron stars
11:05 - 11:30   Coffee 
11:30 - 11:45 Aron Zell Swift X-ray and UV observations of the neutron star low-mass X-ray binary 4U 0614+091
11:45 - 12:00 Dipankar Maitra Swift observations of 4U 1957+11: what can we say about the black hole's mass, spin, distance etc?
12:00 - 12:15 Mark Reynolds A Swift survey of accretion onto stellar-mass black holes
12:15 - 13:45   Lunch
13:45 - 14:00 Laura Chomiuk Searching for Black Holes in Milky Way Globular Clusters
14:00 - 14:15 Mark Peacock Optical properties of the ULX hosting globular cluster RZ2109 and the nature of its black hole
14:15 - 14:30 Amy Reines Probing the origin of supermassive black hole seeds with nearby dwarf galaxies
14:30 - 14:45 Ashley King The disk-jet connection in the Seyfert NGC 4395
14:45 - 15:15   Coffee
15:15 - 15:30 Nathalie Degenaar The Swift monitoring campaign of Sagittarius A*
15:30 - 15:45 Vivienne Baldassare Probing the nuclear environments of nearby galaxies
15:45 - 16:00 Monica Valluri Kinetmatics of stars surrounding black holes in bars
16:00   End


Directions and Parking

The Physics & Astronomy Department is located at 666 W. Hancock St, Detroit.  The campus map clearly marks the location and has a link for Google map directions.  The meeting will be held in Room 245 on the second floor of the Physics building.

Visitors Parking is available in Parking Structure 2, which is a short walk from the Physics Building.  It costs $6 per day and access is via credit card.  See here for more details on visitor parking, and here for a printable campus map showing the location of Parking Structure 2.


There are many food options around the Wayne State campus.  A list of local restaurants will be provided and we will plan on splitting into smaller groups (each with a local 'expert').