Physics & Astronomy 650 Spring 2013 - Williger Page

Univ. Louisville

Dr. John Kielkopf, NS 001, tel 852-5990
Dr. Jim Lauroesch, NS 203, tel 852-1394
Dr. Gerard Williger, NS 206, tel 852-0821
                   e-mail: williger# where AND
                                gmwill06* where * ; as of 9 Jan 2013 the first address is down
Office hours: by appointment;
The master class website is
                   My homepage is here
The class protected site (with some files for class members only) is HERE.

Lectures for this first third of the course taught by G. Williger, with the rota for presenting papers:
L1        Tue 8 Jan 1730-1845 NS312 (GSchuhmann, GWilliger)
L2, L3  Thu 10 Jan 1730-2000 Planetarium classroom (MNichols, JWojno)
L4,L5   Thu 17 Jan 1730-2000 NS312 (JBerg, EFeil,SKirigeeganage)
L6         Tue 22 Jan 1730-1845 Planetarium classroom (MHamada,ALasky,BLeist)
L7-8      Thu 31 Jan 1730-2000 NS312 (AMiles,BPantoja,MSnyder,MTague)
L9         Tue 5 Feb 1730-1845 PLANETARIUM (JKeown, JThieman,DWarder)

Those taking the course for credit are required to give, by 5 Feb, a 5 minute summary of a recent paper
(2012-2013 preferred) from one of the following sources:
The preprint server (extragalactic list and refereed publications preferred, though planets,
                stars, galaxies and high energy astrophysics are also allowed)
and refereed journals including but not limited to
Astrophysical Journal
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Astronomical Journal
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
If you wish to present a paper summary from another journal, please clear it in advance with G. Williger. Other
refereed journals are available via the NASA ADS site.

Papers presented:
L1: WILLIGER: Gamma Ray Bursts in the Swift-Fermi Era, Gehrels & Razzaque 2013, arXiv:1301.0840 invited review in Frontiers on High Energy Astrophysics
L1: SCHUHMANN: A 12 Minute Orbital Period Detached White Dwarf Eclipsing Binary, Brown et al. 2011, ApJ, 737, L23
L2-3: NICHOL: Spectroscopy along Multiple, Lensed Sightlines through Outflowing Winds in the Quasar SDSS J1029+2623, 2013, arXiv:1212:6689, AJ, accepted
L2-3: WOJNO: Photometric and Spectroscopic Analysis of Eclipsing Binary TY Tau, Wojno et al. 2012 (U. Arkansas REU) and
Eclipsing binaries in open clusters - II. V453 Cyg in NGC 6871, Southworth et al. 2004, MNRAS, 351, 1277
L4-5: BERG: MeV Electrons detected by the Alice UV Spectrograph during the New Horizons Flyby of Jupiter, Steffl et al. 2013, J. Geophys Res., 117, A10, arXiv:1301.3797
L4-5: FEIL: White-dwarf red-giant mergers, early-type R stars, J stars and lithium, Zhang & Jeffery 2013, MNRAS, accepted, arXiv:1301.0766
L4-5: KIRIGEEGANAGE: An Over-Massive Black Hole in the Compact Lenticular Galaxy NGC1277, Remco et al. 2012, Nature, 491, 729, arXiv:1211.6429
L6: HAMADA (ppd):  How robust are predictions of galaxy clustering?, Contreras et al. 2013, MNRAS, subm. (or accepted?), arXiv:1301.3497
L6: LASKY: 2+1 gravity on the conformal sphere, Gryb & Mercati, arXiv:1209.4858, this is a GR and Quantum Cosmology preprint
L6: LEIST: Super-Eddington accreting massive black holes as long-lived cosmological standards, Phys Rev Letters, accepted, arXiv:1301.4225
L7-8: MILES:
L7-8: PANTOJA: Energy Release in the Solar Corona from Spatially Resolved Magnetic Braids, Cirtain et al. 2012, Nature 493, 501 
L7-8: SNYDER: Giant Magnetized Outflows from the Center of the Milky Way, Carretti et al. 2013, Nature, 403, 66
L7-8: TAGUE: Renormalization Group approach to Gravity: the running of G and L inside galaxies, Rodrigues et al. 2013, arXiv:1301.4148, CONF PROC, VIII Int'l Wkshop on Dark Side of the Universe, 2012 Brazil


Install LaTeX on your computer, and get a book on LaTeX.
Also, go to
and upload the three files for a conference proceeding.  Edit it and write your own version of a conference
proceeding.  Change the figure and write an appropriate caption.  We can work on it in class, and if you
have problems, ask me.  We will continue the assignment for next week.  This is to get you started.
Try typesetting a table from the Gehrels & Razzaque paper above, and typesetting
equations 1-3 from Bezanson et al. 2011, ApJ, 737, L31.
Then copy my CV in LaTeX format from the protected site and create your own CV by 17 Jan.  I'd like to see your source code (.tex file).
If you cannot install LaTeX, the machines in Nat Sci 132 have LaTeX on them.

LOADING SOFTWARE ASSIGNMENT:  Try these sites for help.  Try using Google or another search engine for installation tips on your kind of computer.
I can help with Macs.  I might be able to help with Linux.  I cannot help at all with Windows.
Note: you need to have X11-type windows working. (for Macs)

For  Ubuntu Linux:

sudo apt-get install libc6-dev

sudo wget

sudo mount -o loop -t iso9660 'Where is your iso?' 'Where to mount'
sudo sh
cd ~
type: xgterm
Thanks to Michael Snyder for this. The script came from


LaTeX: (for the American Astronomical Society package)

Get a book on websites like Crowder 2010, Building a Website for Dummies ( ISBN-10: 0470560932)
We will use a kind offer by Michael Tague for temporary use of the domain.

Summary of/proposals for lectures:
L1: introduction, download/installation of astronomical software (IRAF, LaTeX and aastex, Linux, DS9),
the life cycle of a project from observing proposal to accepted paper

L2-3: planning a career in astronomy, including milestones of how many papers you should have by which stage
So You Want to be a Professional Astronomer!, Duncan Forbes, 2008, arXiv:0805.2624

L4-5: LaTeX, How to write a CV, advertise yourself with a website, publications and citations: the measures of research,  intro to data archives (MAST: DSS and HST), proprietary data,

L6: How to find a job; grants: how important they are and how they work;

L7-8: how observing proposals work, and how to judge one; observing runs (classical, remote, queue);
an introduction to CCDs and the steps of data reduction (overscan, bias, dark, flatfield corrections)

L9: NETWORKING; FITS files, IRAF/DS9 and all they do; discussion with nearly finished astronomy PhD student Jeremy Hornbeck; the SDSS