Academic Calendar

semester, 2018

Wednesday, January 10th 2018
12:00 pm:
Community Recognition Luncheon in Tate B50 lobby

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Monday, January 15th 2018

Monday, February 19th 2018
09:30 am:
Thesis Defense in Tate-301
Speaker: Kate Raach, University of Minnesota
Subject: Characterization, Optimization, and Operation of TES Bolometers for EBEX
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Thursday, March 1st 2018
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Eric Bullock, University of Minnesota
Subject: Polarization Angle Calibration and B-Mode Characterization with the BICEP and Keck Array CMB Telescopes
This is the public portion of Mr. Bullock's Thesis Defense. His advisor is Clem Pryke

Monday, April 16th 2018
Speaker:  Professor Sudhakar Prasad, University of New Mexico and University of Minnesota
Subject: The Modern Imaging Paradigm: There is Plenty of Room in the Middle

Every modern imaging system is comprised of optical, sensing, and computational modules that work in an integrated fashion to perform a dedicated imaging task as efficiently as possible. This new paradigm of imaging, called integrated or computational imaging, has enabled spectacular advances in probing remote objects and environments. I will illustrate this paradigm with an important application, namely Lord Rayleigh's classic resolution limit on the separability of two closely-spaced point sources from their images. I will show why such a limit has become a mere relic, one that has been usurped spectacularly by modern advances in image processing, new imaging methodologies, and ingenious work-arounds. Yet the best pair resolution that one can hope to achieve seems to be fundamentally limited by the number of signal photons available when making direct image measurements on the source pair. I will discuss a new approach of pair super-resolution that can qualitatively improve upon this seemingly insuperable photon limit, with quantum estimation theory revealing the ultimate bound on this phenomenon. Rather surprisingly, as I will also show, one can attain this quantum bound in certain limits in all three spatial dimensions with purely classical measurements that are not image based, but rather utilize coherent projections of the optical wave front. Phase does matter, even when imaging incoherent objects.

Tuesday, April 17th 2018
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Timothy Peterson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Characterization of spin transport, torques, and dynamics in Heusler compound-based epitaxial structures
This is the public portion of Mr. Peterson's Thesis Defense. His advisor is Paul Crowell.

Wednesday, April 18th 2018
7:00 pm:
Kaufmanis Public Lecture in McNamara Alumni Center
Speaker: Victoria Kaspi, McGill University
Subject: Astronomy's Newest Extragalactic Mystery: Fast Radio Bursts!

In 2007, astronomers discovered a new mysterious cosmic phenomenon: Fast Radio Bursts. These events consist of short, intense blasts of radio waves arriving from far outside our Milky Way galaxy. Their origin is unknown, however Fast Radio Bursts appear ubiquitous in our Universe, with roughly 1000 arriving every day over the full sky. I will discuss the Fast Radio Burst mystery and what is presently known about it, and describe a revolutionary new radio telescope being built in Canada that will soon enable astronomers worldwide to make major progress in our understanding of the FRB puzzle.

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