University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Fall Semester

Monday, September 4th 2006
Labor Day Holiday - the Fall Seminar Series will begin next week
Tuesday, September 5th 2006
12:20 pm:
This Seminar Series will begin next week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
No Seminar This Week
Wednesday, September 6th 2006
10:00 am:
THESIS DEFENSE in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Vlad Elgart
Subject: Rare Events and Phase Transitions in Reaction-Diffusion Systems
3:30 pm:
THESIS DEFENSE in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Tomotake Matsumura
Subject: A cosmic microwave background radiation polarimeter using a superconducting magnetic bearing
4:00 pm:
This event will start September 13, 2006
Thursday, September 7th 2006
12:10 pm:
This Seminar Series will begin next week.
12:15 pm:
This week's seminar will take the FTPI Seminar slot this Friday, Sept. 8th at 2:30 pm.
Speaker: Carlo Schimd, CNRS-Saclay
Subject: Quintessence by Cosmic Shear
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Traian Dumitrica, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nanomechanics of Carbon Nanotubes
Friday, September 8th 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Fernando Marchesano, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich
Subject: Coisotropic D8 branes and model building
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Professor Prisca Cushman
Subject: Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
Monday, September 11th 2006
Speaker: Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: A stellar solution to the cosmological Li discrepancy?
Tuesday, September 12th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Xiaohua Lou
Subject: Electrical spin detection in Fe/GaAs heterostructures
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Subject: Organizational Meeting
2:30 pm:
Subject: Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, September 13th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Michel Janssen
Subject: John Van Vleck and the Dawn of Quantum Mechanics in Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 14th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Clay Hogen-Chin and Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Pavlos Vranos, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Subject: Gap Domain Wall Fermions
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Chandan Dasgupta, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Subject: First-passage statistics of equilibrium step fluctuations
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Evgeni Kolomeitsev, University of Minnesota
Subject: t.b.a.
3:30 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 710 Social Sciences Building, Ford Room
Speaker: Carola Sachse, Institute of Modern History, University of Vienna. Cosponsored by Center for German and European Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Department of History.
Subject: On Men and Animals: The Vivisection Debate in 19th Century Germany.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Friday, September 15th 2006
Speaker: Dietrich Bodeker, Bielefeld University
Subject: Can a thermal medium cure the cosmological moduli problem?
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Prof. M. Zudov
Subject: Non-equilibrium magnetotransport in 2D electron systems
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Adam Steltzner, JPL
Due to family illness, this colloquium has been cancelled.
Speaker: Carola Sachse, Institute of Modern History, University of Vienna. Cosponsored by Center for German and European Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Department of History.
Subject: Science and Power: The Kaiser Wilhelm Society in an International Comparative Perspective, 1933-1945.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 18th 2006
Speaker: Masahide Yamaguchi, Aoyama Gakuin University
Subject: WMAP and smooth hybrid new inflation
Tuesday, September 19th 2006
12:15 pm:
Science and Politics: Problems and Solutions in Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Speaker: Kurt Gottfried, Ph.D. (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Cornell University; Co-founder and Chair, Union of Concerned Scientists)
Subject: Science and Politics: Controversies in Regulation and National Security
There is no cost to attend the lecture and lunch is provided. Pre-registration is requested by calling 612-625-0055 or emailing lawvalue@umn.edu.
12:20 pm:
Seminar will not be held this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
No Seminar This Week
2:30 pm:
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Cronin-Hennessy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Recent Results from CLEO
Wednesday, September 20th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Terence Hwa
Subject: Statistical Physics of Gene Regulation
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 21st 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Dale Jackson and Simon Strasser, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Joel Giedt, FTPI - University of Minnesota
Subject: Advances and applications in lattice supersymmetry
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Michael Zudov, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetoresistance of 2D electron systems under AC and DC excitations.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Joe Kapusta, University of Minnesota
Subject: On the Strongly-Interacting Low-Viscosity Matter Created In Relativistic Nuclear Collisions
Friday, September 22nd 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: M. Marshak
Subject: Proton Decay and Neutron Oscillations: Progress in Underground Physics
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. William Reach, Spitzer Science Center
Subject: Star Formation in the Elephant Trunk Nebula
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Robert Richards, Fishbein Center for History of Science, University of Chicago
Subject: Did Ernst Haeckel Fraudulently Misrepresent His Embryo Illustrations? And Why Do the Creationists Care?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Zengqiang Liu
Subject: Critical point in the Smectic-C alpha* - Smectic-C* Phase Transition
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Fei Lu, Augsburg College
Subject: Radar investigations of echoes from the equatorial electrojet
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, September 27th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Peter Lax - Courant Institute, New York University
Subject: Mathematics and Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 28th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Karl Isensee, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Sergiy Dubynskiy, University of Minnesota
Subject: e+e- to gamma X(3872) near the D* Dbar* threshold
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Olle G. Heinonen, Seagate Technology, Bloomington MN
Subject: Materials, microstructure, magnetism and spin transport: the physics soup of magnetic recording
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Friday, September 29th 2006
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Hidalgo-Rodriguez, U. Minnesota, Astronomy
Subject: On the Extended Structures of Dwarf Galaxies
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science, University of Hannover. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Systematicity: On the Nature of Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 2nd 2006
Speaker: Kenji Kadota, University of Minnesota
Subject: CMB, Dark Energy and Galaxy Clusters
Tuesday, October 3rd 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Joe Skinner
Subject: Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy in the Presence of an Immobilized Fluorescent Species
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Professor John Wygant, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Radiation Belt Storm Probe Electric Field Experiment: Investigating particle acceleration in the inner magnetosphere.
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 4th 2006
Speaker: Frank Wilczek, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 2004 Nobel Laureate
Subject: The Origin of Mass and Feebleness of Gravity
Refreshments to follow in the Atrium.
Thursday, October 5th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Michael Milligan and Liliya Williams, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jay Hubisz, Fermilab
Subject: Radion Phenomenology in Warped Models of Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Alexei V. Finkelstein, Protein Institute, Moscow
Subject: Key Problems of Protein Physics
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, October 6th 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Cindy Cattell
Subject: Solar system space plasmas: An accessible laboratory for studying particle acceleration, shocks and energy conversion processes
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Jacco van Loon, Keele University
Subject: Red (super)giants and Their Galactic Ecology
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
No colloquium this week.
Monday, October 9th 2006
Speaker: Larry Rudnick, University of Minnesota
Subject: Recent Developments in Baryon Fractions from X-ray clusters
Tuesday, October 10th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Paul Barsic
Subject: Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams of SFS Junctions
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Professor Robert Lysak, University of Minnesota
Subject: Alfven waves and auroral particle acceleration: theory and observation
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 11th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Mark Robbins, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: Connecting Atomic-Scale Dynamics to Macroscopic Friction Laws
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 12th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Paul Edmon and Larry Rudnick, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Diana Vaman, University of Michigan
Subject: QCD recurrence relations from the largest time equation
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Mark Robbins, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: Deformation and Fracture of Glassy Materials
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, October 13th 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Thomas Jones
Subject: Cosmic Tennis Serves: The Shocking Story About Fermi's Legacy in the Universe
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
No Astrophysics Colloquium this week.
Speaker: Alan Rocke, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University
Subject: Imagining the Molecular World
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 16th 2006
Speaker: Tomo Matsumura, University of Minnesota
Subject: Reionization
Tuesday, October 17th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Roman Lutchyn
Subject: Kinetics of the quasiparticle trapping in a Cooper-pair box
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Low frequency electric and magnetic field fluctuations in the geomagnetic tail.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jason Haupt
Subject: Calibration of the CMS Ecal Detector with Cosmic Rays
Wednesday, October 18th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Physics of Comet Dust
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 19th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Sean O'Neill and Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kathryn Zurek, University of Wisconsin
Subject: Constraining neutrino properties with the cosmic microwave
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Uwe C. Tauber, Physics Department, Virginia Tech
Subject: Fluctuations and Correlations in Multispecies Pair Annihilation Processes
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Jim Kneller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Monte Carlo Neutrino Oscillations
Friday, October 20th 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Paul Crowell
Subject: Spin Transport and Dynamics in Solids
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Michal Janssen, University of Minnesota, History of Science & Technology
Subject: Why Einstein Introduced the Cosmological Constant
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Jerry Fodor, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy.
Subject: An Evolutionary Cognitive Science? We Should Live So Long.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 23rd 2006
Speaker: Burak Himmetoglu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Stability analysis and de Sitter solutions for an extended brane in a six dimensional compactification
Tuesday, October 24th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Masaya Nishioka
Subject: Spin Transport in Graphenes
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Keiling, UC Berkeley
Subject: Reconnection and Pi2 pulsations: Is there a link?
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 25th 2006
3:25 pm:
Departmental Photograph in Front Steps of the Physics Building
A proof of the photograph may be seen in room 145 after November 2nd. 8 x 10 inch color photographs may be ordered for $1.25 each.
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Tony Tyson, University of California Davis
Subject: The New Digital Sky: Solar System to Dark Energy
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 26th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Dan Weisz and Andrew Cole, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Fumihiro Takayama, Cornell University
Subject: SuperWIMPs and Extremely Long Lived Massive Particles
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Steven H. Simon, Lucent Technology
Subject: The Unexpected Physics of Modern Wireless Communication: Replicas, Diffusons, and Supersymmetry for Fun and Profit
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Todd Springer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Primordial Black Holes and the QCD Phase Transition
4:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Brian Lang
Subject: Measurements of Charm-Production Cross Sections in e+e- Annihilations at Center-of-Mass Energies Between 3.97 and 4.26 GeV
Friday, October 27th 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Boris Shklovskii
Subject: Ion transport in ion channels and nanopores.
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Ludmilla Kolokolova, University of Maryland
Subject: Deep Impact Mission: What We Have Learned
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Tom Misa, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota
Subject: Revisiting the Rate and Direction of Technical Change: Scenarios and Counterfactuals in the Information Technology Revolution
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 30th 2006
Speaker: Jim Kneller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Sterile Neutrinos in the Early Universe
Speaker: Francesco Nitti, CPHT- Ecole Polytechnique
Subject: Massless 4D gravitons from Asymptotically AdS_5 spacetimes
7:45 pm:
IEEE Twin Cities Magnetics Society in EECE Building, University of Minnesota, East Bank
Speaker: Prof. Michael Coey, Trinity College Dublin
Subject: Spin Electronics
Dinner with speaker: 6:00PM Applebee’s, in Radisson – Metrodome (on campus) RSVP: Mark Tondra (612) 331-3584 or email marktondra@ieee.org
Tuesday, October 31st 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Robert Compton
Subject: Pinning and Dynamics of a Magnetic Vortex
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Jesse Woodroffe, University of Minnesota
Subject: ULF wave propagation in the inner magnetosphere
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, November 1st 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Misha Stephanov - University of Illinois at Chicago
Subject: The Phase Diagram of Quantum Chromodynamics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 2nd 2006
09:30 am:
Thesis Defense in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Carolyn Erickson
Subject: Locating Neutrino Events in Nuclear Emulsion
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Kisha Delain and Tom Jones, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alexei Yung, FTPI/PNPI
Subject: Bulk-brane duality in field theory
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Matt Fritts, University of Minnesota
Subject: Signs of equilibrium processes in the solar abundance record
Friday, November 3rd 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Mikhail Shifman, FTPI
Subject: Supersymmetry and how it helps to understand our world
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu, University of Texas
Subject: Polarized Light in the Cosmic Microwave Background: WMAP Three-year Results
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
No colloquium: HSS/PSA Meetings
Monday, November 6th 2006
Speaker: Jiun-Huei Proty Wu, National Taiwan University
Subject: CMB Constraints on Cosmic Defects, Inflation, String Theory, & SUSY GUTs
Tuesday, November 7th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Bradley McCoy
Subject: Unexpected stability of an unusual phase sequence and a novel reentrant transition
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Yan Song, University of Minnesota
Subject: Alfvenic Nature of "Magnetic Reconnection" and Double Layer Formation
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, November 8th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: David Weiss
Subject: Experiments with one-dimensional gases
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 9th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Erin Ryan and Bob Gehrz, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Andrei Starinets, Perimeter Institute
Subject: Dual gravity approach to near-equilibrium processes in strongly coupled gauge theories
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: David Weiss, Pennsylvania State University
Subject: Optical lattices for quantum computing and precision measurement
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: He Ning, University of Minnesota
Subject: A Novel Environment of High Neutron Density
Friday, November 10th 2006
Speaker: Liliana Velasco Sevilla, FTPI - University of Minnesota
Subject: Large hierarchies in Yukawa matrices and soft leptogenesis
2:30 pm:
Speaker: V. Noireaux
Subject: Cell-free expression in synthetic vesicles: can we build a soft robot?
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Roy Gal, University of California, Davis
Subject: The ORELSE Survey: Observations of Redshift Evolution in Large Scale Environments
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Kai-Henrik Barth, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Subject: Scientists and the Making of the Iranian Nuclear Program
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 13th 2006
Speaker: Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: In Search of Ho
Tuesday, November 14th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Bin Wu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Probing Chemical Equilibrium in Living Cells with Fluorescence Fluctuation Spectroscopy
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cluster Spacecraft Survey of the Electric Field and Potential Well Structure of Multiple Current Sheet Crossings Near a Reconnection Region in the Geomagnetic Tail on October 1, 2001
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, November 15th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Cyrus Hirjibehedin
Subject: Building a magnet one atom at a time: STM studies of magnetism at the atomic scale
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 16th 2006
12:10 pm:
No seminar this week.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Roberto Auzzi, FTPI
Subject: Domain lines as a fraction of strings
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Cyrus F Hirjibehedin, IBM Almaden Research Center
Subject: Spin Coupling and Anisotropy Effects in Engineered Atomic Structures
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, November 17th 2006
1:30 pm:
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Hao Wang
Subject: Spin Dynamics of an Antivortex and a Vortex-antivortex-vortex system
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Arkady Vainshtein
Subject: Physics of the muon anomalous magnetic moment
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Hoffman, UC Berkeley
Subject: Polarized Line Profiles as Diagnostics of Circumstellar Geometry In Type IIn Supernovae
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Daniel P. Steel, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.
Subject: Extrapolation, Capacities, and Mechanisms
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 20th 2006
Speaker: Asad Aboobaker, University of Minnesota
Subject: Revised Values of n_s from WMAP 3-year Data
The seminar will not be held this week.
Tuesday, November 21st 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yaroslav Lutsyshyn, University of Minnesota
Subject: Identical Atom Scattering by a Superfluid
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lynn Wilson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dissipation Mechanisms in Interplanetary Shocks
2:30 pm:
The seminar will not be held this week.
2:30 pm:
The seminar will not be held this week.
Wednesday, November 22nd 2006
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium this week.
Thursday, November 23rd 2006
12:10 pm:
No seminar - Thanksgiving Holiday
12:15 pm:
No Seminar this week - Happy Thanksgiving!
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No seminar this week - Thanksgiving Holiday
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week - Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 24th 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Thanksgiving break; No seminar
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
No seminar this week - Thanksgiving Holiday
No colloquium this week: Thanksgiving
Monday, November 27th 2006
Speaker: Keith Olive, University of Minnesota
Subject: The effects of variable couplings on BBN
Speaker: Thomas Curtright, University of Miami
Subject: Biorthogonal Quantum Systems
Tuesday, November 28th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Tao Hu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Hopping Conductivity of a Suspension of Nanowires in an Insulator
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Heather Greene, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cluster Observations of the Magnetotail Current Sheet and its Association with Plasma Waves
2:30 pm:
The seminar will not be held this week.
Wednesday, November 29th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Andrey Chubukov, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Subject: Are spin fluctuations a glue to the pairing in the high-temperature superconductors?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 30th 2006
11:00 am:
Speaker: Rik Gran, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Subject: To be announced.
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Jessica Ennis and Elisha Polomski, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Eung-Jin Chun, KIAS/ University of Michigan
Subject: Triplet Seesaw: Predictivity for LFV and EDMs
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Andrey Chubukov, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Subject: A ferromagnetic quantum criticality
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yong Qian, University of Minnesota.
Subject: Collective neutrino flavor transformation in supernovae
Friday, December 1st 2006
10:00 am:
Special FTPI Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Eran Sela, Weizmann Insitute, Israel
Subject: Fractional Shot Noise in the Kondo Regime
Speaker: Alexander Turbiner, National University of Mexico
Subject: Anharmonic oscillator and double-well potential: how to approximate eigenfunctions (tentative)
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Alex Kamenev
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Patrick Slane, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Subject: The Structure and Evolution of Pulsar Wind Nebulae
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Niccolò Guicciardini, Dept. of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Univ.of Siena. Cosponsored by Theorizing Early Modern Studies (TEMS) Research Collaborative supported by the Univ.of Minnesota
Subject: Not Worthy of Public Utterance: Newton on the Publication of Analysis
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 4th 2006
Speaker: Tom Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cosmic Ray Feedback in Structure Formation
Tuesday, December 5th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Alex Levchenko
Subject: Supercurrent Noise in the Tunnel Junctions above the Critical Temperature
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. John Dombeck, University of Minnesota
Subject: Polar/FAST Observations of Alfven waves in the Earth's Magnetotail During Major Storms with Comparison to Simulation Results.
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, December 6th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Edward Redish
Subject: Problem Solving and the Use of Math in Physics Courses
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 7th 2006
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Crystal Austin and Chick Woodward
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Rouzbeh Allahverdi, Perimeter Institute
Subject: MSSM and inflation
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Frank Pinski, Department of Physics, University of Cincinnati
Subject: Exploring Free Energy Landscapes: A New Mathematical Approach
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yu Lu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Gamma-rays from electron antineutrino absorption in a supernova shell.
Friday, December 8th 2006
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jochen Mueller
Subject: Observing protein interactions in cells at the single molecule level
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. James Truran, U. Chicago
Subject: Type Ia Supernovae: Energetics, Explosions, and Nucleosynthesis
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Eda Kranakis, Department of History, University of Ottawa
Subject: Building European Identity and Community through Civil Aviation: The Struggle Between Nationalism and Internationalism in the 1920s
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 11th 2006
Speaker: Pearl Sandick, University of Minnesota
Subject: EGRET's Excess of Diffuse Gamma Rays as Dark Matter Tracer
Speaker: David Pekker, University of Illinois
Subject: Superconducting Nanowires in Quantum Interference Devices and Under Magnetic Impurities
*Please note early start time.
Tuesday, December 12th 2006
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Wenhao Zhang
Subject: Magnetotransport of two dimensional electron gas under AC and DC excitations
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Seminar is done for this semester.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dipu Rahman
Subject: Atmospheric Neutrino Induced Muons in the MINOS Far Detector
Wednesday, December 13th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ian Fisk
Subject: Physics, Analysis, and Computing Challenges of the LHC
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 14th 2006
12:10 pm:
Seminar is done for this semester.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Matthew Wingate, Cambridge
Subject:  B Physics on the Lattice: Present and Future
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Seminar is done for this semester.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Seminar is done for this semester.
Friday, December 15th 2006
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics 236A
Speaker: Erkan Tuzel
Subject: Particle-based Mesoscale Modeling of Flow and Transport in Complex Liquids
Speaker: Matthew Wingate, Cambridge
Subject: General coordinate invariance and conformal invariance in nonrelativistic physics: Unitary Fermi gas
2:30 pm:
Seminar is done for this semester.
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Colloquium is done for this semester.
Colloquium is done for this semester.
Monday, December 18th 2006
Seminar is done for this semester.
Speaker: Adilet Imambekov, Harvard University
Subject: Interference of low dimensional Bose gases
Tuesday, December 19th 2006
12:20 pm:
Seminar is done for this semester.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Seminar is done for this semester.
2:30 pm:
Seminar Cancelled
Wednesday, December 20th 2006
4:00 pm:
Colloquium is done for this semester.
Thursday, December 21st 2006
12:10 pm:
Seminar is done for this semester.
12:15 pm:
Seminar is done for this semester.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Seminar is done for this semester.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Seminar is done for this semester.
Friday, December 22nd 2006
3:30 pm:
Seminar is done for this semester.
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Colloquium is done for this semester.
Colloquium is done for this semester.

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