Title: The Effect of Misalignment between the Rotation Axis and Magnetic Field on the Circumstellar Disk
Speaker: 平野 信吾（天文学教室）／Shingo Hirano (Department of Astronomy)
The formation of circumstellar disks is investigated using three-dimensional resistive magnetohydrodynamic simulations in which the initial prestellar cloud has a misaligned rotation axis with respect to the magnetic field. We examine the effects of (i) the initial angle difference between the global magnetic field and the cloud rotation axis and (ii) the ratio of the thermal to gravitational energy. We study 16 models in total and calculate the cloud evolution until ∼5000 yr after protostar formation. Our simulation results indicate that an initial nonzero promotes disk formation but tends to suppress outflow driving for models that are moderately gravitationally unstable. In these models, a large-sized rotationally supported disk forms and a weak outflow appears, in contrast to a smaller disk and strong outflow in the aligned case.
Title: Observational study on high-mass star formation through development of own instruments
Speaker: 西村 淳（天文学教育研究センター）／Atsushi Nishimura (Institute of Astronomy)
Finding new aspects of the universe through observations using own developed instruments is the most exciting experience for observational astronomers. Although the telescopes of big projects like ALMA provide opportunities to tackle excellent sciences, there is some room to flourish as well for smaller projects such as single dish telescopes in radio astronomy because they have advantages especially on their wider field of view. In this seminar, I introduce two projects in which I have been involved. One is the 1.85-m mm-submm telescope developed by Osaka Prefecture University aiming to observe CO(2-1) at 230 GHz (1.3 mm). Thus far, more than 1800 deg2 are mapped including the Galactic plane and nearby molecular clouds, and the project provides a good reference of the ratio between CO(1-0) and CO(2-1) toward the giant molecular clouds. The other is the FUGIN project which is a CO(1-0) survey toward the Galactic plane using the FOREST receiver (4-beam) installed on Nobeyama 45-m telescope. By grace of its high dynamic range (wide area with high resolution) data, we find that most of the giant molecular clouds associated with the high mass star formation region experienced cloud-cloud collision. Finally, I briefly introduce the latest activities on developments of future multi-beam receivers.
Title: Observational studies of neutral carbon in our Galaxy
Speaker: 山岸 光義（天文学教育研究センター）／Mitsuyoshi Yamagishi (Institute of Astronomy)
Language: Japanese (with English slides)
Carbon is one of the major atoms in the Universe. It is valuable to examine carbon atoms and carbon-bearing molecules in the various interstellar environment to gain a deep understanding of interstellar chemistry. Emission lines from a neutral carbon atom ([CI]) are observed in the high-frequency ranges (492, 809 GHz). Since excellent atmospheric conditions are required in high-frequency observations, intensive studies of [CI] have been difficult before the ALMA era. In this talk, I will talk about two recent studies of [CI] with ALMA and ASTE in the different interstellar environments in our Galaxy (rho Oph A PDR and gamma-ray SNR W51C). Based on the results, I will discuss the origins of the [CI] emission in a star-forming region and the effects of cosmic-ray on interstellar chemistry.
Title: Challenges and opportunities in young planet discoveries from Kepler to TESS
Speaker: Jerome de Leon（天文学教室/Department of Astronomy）
Studying young exoplanets is important because they inhabit a very important part of the exoplanet evolutionary timescale where several yet unknown processes are expected to shape their final outcome. However, finding and characterizing transiting exoplanets orbiting young stars is notoriously difficult. This is due to intrinsic high stellar activity in young stars that induces photometric variations and radial velocity jitter often a few orders of magnitude
larger than the planet signal. This problem is compounded by the fact that most of the young stars usually reside in star clusters or moving groups where the false positive rate is high due to the crowded field. Despite the small sample of young planets discovered from the K2 mission however, there is tentative evidence that the planetʼs size depends with the host starʼs age.
To confidently corroborate or refute such trends and to have a complete understanding on how exoplanets form and evolve from birth to maturity, the community needs a statistically
significant sample of transiting planets orbiting bright young stars. As the TESS mission continues to survey the sky until 2022, new transiting planets around young stars will be discovered.
The brightness of the host star would facilitate precise measurements of the fundamental parameters of the host stars and planets which in turn lead to better models to constrain their bulk density and atmospheric composition.
Title: Probing supernova interiors with neutrinos
Speaker: 諏訪 雄大（総合文化研究科）／Yudai Suwa (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
Neutrinos are guaranteed observable from the next Galactic supernova (SN). Optical lights and gravitational waves are also observable but can be difficult to observe if SN location in the galaxy and the explosion details are not suitable. The key to the next SN observation will be understanding various physical quantities using neutrinos first and then connecting them to other signals. In this seminar, I will introduce our current research on neutrino observation, particularly on long-time evolution. I will discuss how we can use neutrinos to determine the mass and radius of neutron stars that form in supernova explosions, which would be useful in probing other physics such as the explosion mechanism with other messengers.
Title: Mechanisms of Star Formation Suppression in the Strongly Barred Galaxy NGC1300
Speaker: 前田 郁弥（天文学教育研究センター）／Fumiya Maeda (Institute of Astronomy)
Language: Japanese (with English slides)
Star formation activity in many barred galaxies is significantly different between in arms and in bars. In the arms, HII regions are associated with dust lanes, and giant molecular clouds (GMCs) coexist with the dust lanes. However, massive star formation is notably absent in the bars: Prominent HII regions are often not seen, while there are remarkable dust lanes along the bar which implies the existence of GMCs. Physical mechanisms which could suppress star formation in bar regions have been long debated and fall into the following three scenarios recently: (1) Gravitationally unbound molecular clouds in bar regions. (2) A large amount of diffuse molecular gases in bar regions. (3) Fast cloud-cloud collisions in bar regions. To unveil which of the scenarios is the most dominant cause for the suppression, we focus on the nearest strongly barred galaxy NGC 1300 where the massive star formation in the bar regions is remarkably suppressed compared to the arm regions. In this seminar, I will talk about the examination results for each scenario by CO observations using ALMA and Nobeyama 45-m telescope and discuss the cause of the star formation suppression.