reverberation mapping, modeling Kepler

In Galaxy Coffee this morning, William Bethune (Univ. J. Fourier) spoke about his project to look at reverberation mapping of a variable AGN at two-ish microns. He and his collaborators can do reverberation mapping on the dusty torus around the AGN, which was novel (to me). They can see temperature changes as well as brightness changes, which opens up new possibilities for physical modeling. The data are noisy and sparse, so the Bayesian methods of Brewer might make for better results.

In the afternoon, I worked on our white paper for the Kepler two-wheel call. All I have so far is an executive summary, no content! Unfortunately it is due in a few days.

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