1. Detection of Metal-Rich, Cool-Warm Gas in the Outskirts of Galaxy Clusters Pradeep et al. 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
2. The evolving X-ray spectrum of active galactic nuclei: Evidence for an increasing reflection fraction with redshift Avirett-Mackenzie & Ballantyne 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
3. Detections and constraints on white dwarf variability from time-series GALEX observations Rowan et al. 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
4. Indirect evidence of significant grain growth in young protostellar envelopes from polarized dust emission Valdivia et al. 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
5. Element Abundances: A New Diagnostic for the Solar Wind Laming et al. 2019, The Astrophysical Journal
Selected on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 from a total of 898 papers published last month in ApJ, AJ, MNRAS and A&A.
We meet every Monday at 2pm at the McGill Space Institute to discuss 5 random astrophysics papers.
The goal of Random Papers is to gain a broad view of current astrophysics research. Each week we run a script to choose 5 random papers published in the last month in refereed astrophysics journals. This gives a different slice of the literature than the typical astro-ph discussion, with papers from outside our own research areas or those that might not otherwise be chosen for discussion.
Rather than reading each paper in depth, the goal is to focus on the big picture, with questions such as: How would we summarize the paper in a few sentences? What are the key figures in the paper? What analysis methods are used? Why is this paper being written, and Why now?