Astronomy Colloquium - Morgan Macleod

Event time: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 2:30pm
  • Morgan Macleod
Speaker Institution: 
  • Institute for Advanced Study
Talk Title: 
"Catching Common Envelope Episodes in Action"
Event description: 

It is becoming an observational reality to catch common envelope events – where one star in a binary evolves to engulf its companion – in action with time domain surveys. These data are beginning to constrain long-standing theoretical uncertainties surrounding mass ejection in common envelope phases and their role in transforming binary star systems. I will discuss recent surprises and efforts at understanding these events through hydrodynamic simulations.  

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