Public Lecture: How A Star Is Born?
About the Lecture: The Lecture is dedicated to enhance public understanding of the star formation phenomenon. The lecturer will take you to an astounding journey from the birth of universe to the stars you see today. The lecture will open for discussion at the end.
About the Speaker: Shantanu Basu is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada. Shantanu's personal and professional life has taken him across the world several times, with Canada representing his fifth country of residence. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993, and held academic positions at Michigan State University and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, in Toronto, before joining Western in 1999. Shantanu has made contributions to understanding the fragmentation of interstellar molecular clouds, the role of magnetic fields and angular momentum in gravitational collapse and star formation, the origin of luminosity bursts from young stellar objects, and the origin of power-laws in the mass distribution of stars. He is one of the originators of the Migrating Embryo Model for protoplanetary disk evolution, which is a unified scenario for angular momentum transport, binary star and giant planet formation, and the formation of ejected freely floating low mass objects. In 2013, Asteroid 277883 Basu was named after him by the International Astronomical Union.
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