University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

semester, 2007

Tuesday, January 16th 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week.
Subject: Organizational Meeting
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, January 17th 2007
4:00 pm:
Subject: No seminar this week.
Thursday, January 18th 2007
12:10 pm:
No seminar this week.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Mikhail Shifman, FTPI
Subject: "Flying saucer" solitons in supersymmetric Yang-Mills
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Matthew B. Stone, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Subject: Where the Spectrum Ends: Spectrum Termination and Reentrance in a Two-Dimensional Organometallic Magnet
Dr. Stone is a candidate for the condensed matter experimental position.
Speaker: Dr. Chao-Lin Kuo, California Institute of Technology. Dr.Kuo is a candidate for the Astrophysics faculty position.
Subject: CMB Beyond the Acoustic Peaks
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, January 19th 2007
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
No seminar this week.
Monday, January 22nd 2007
Speaker: Liliya Williams
Subject: Detecting Dark Matter Caustics
Tuesday, January 23rd 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Jianjie Zhang
Subject: Electron-nuclear spin coupling in Fe/GaAs spin transport devices
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Professor Mark Engebretson, Augsburg College
Subject: "Pc 1-2 Waves and Energetic Particle Precipitation During and After Magnetic Storms: Superposed Epoch Analysis and Case Studies.
Wednesday, January 24th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Steve Pierson, Head of Government Relations, American Physical Society
Subject: China and India: A new Sputnik? Federal funding for physical sciences research
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 25th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alexander A. Voronov, School of Mathematics
Subject: Quantum master equation in open-closed string theory
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Emilia Morosan, Princeton University
Subject: New properties in old materials: the layered dichalcogenides
Dr. Morosan is a candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimentalist
Speaker: Dr. Vuk Mandic, California Inst. of Technology. Dr.Mandic is a candidate for the Astrophysics faculty position.
Subject: Searching for Stochastic Gravitational-wave Background with LIGO: Results and Implications
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
3:00 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Subject: T.B.A.
Friday, January 26th 2007
Speaker: Lisa Gannett, Department of Philosophy, Saint Mary's University
Subject: Theodosius Dobzhansky, the Typological-Population Distinction, and the Question of Race
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m. Cosponsored by Studies of Science and Tech., the MN Cntr for Philosophy of Sci., the Consortium on Law & Values in Health, Env. & Life Sciences
Monday, January 29th 2007
Speaker: Jean-Philippe Uzan, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
Subject: Gravity and the nature of dark energy
1:30 pm:
Speaker: Amy Connolly, UCLA, Candidate for the Astrophysics & Cosmology Faculty Position
Subject: Closing in on Ultra-High Energy Neutrinos with the Radio Detection Technique
Tuesday, January 30th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Jun Kyung Chung
Subject: Coarse grained molecular dynamics using frequency filtering
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, January 31st 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Bolek Wyslouch - MIT
Subject: Heavy-Ion Physics with the CMS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 1st 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Larry Rudnick, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Feasibility of Shading the Greenhouse with Dust Clouds at the Stable Lunar Lagrange Points
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Enrico Lunghi, Fermilab
Subject: Rare decays and dark matter in the MSSM from the GUT scale
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Michel Kenzelmann, ETH Zurich. Dr. Kinzelmann is a candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimentalist
Subject: Competing interactions in quantum magnetic insulators
Speaker: Ignacio Taboada, Berkeley. Candidate for the Astrophysics & Cosmology Faculty Position
Subject: High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics: IceCube
Speaker: Jim Kneller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Temporal Evolution of the Supernova Neutrino Signal
Friday, February 2nd 2007
Speaker: Mark Dykman, Michigan State University
Subject: Metastable decay via quantum activation
Speaker: Roger Penrose, Oxford University
Subject: Before the Big Bang: A Radical Solution to a Profound Cosmological Mystery
Dr. Penrose will also discuss his new book at 7:00 pm at the University Bookstore.
Speaker: Helen Rozwadowski, Department of History, University of Connecticut
Subject: Science, Technology, and the 1960s Ocean: New Worlds of Exploration and Exploitation
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 3rd 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Michael Marder, University of Texas, Austin
Subject: Rising above the gathering storm with U Teach
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, February 5th 2007
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Michael Dragowsky, Case Western Reserve University. Candidate for the Astrophysics & Cosmology Faculty Position
Subject: Dark Matter and Particle Astrophysics
Tuesday, February 6th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yu Chen
Subject: Transport in metallic nanowires
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Professor Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic Fields in Galaxies
Wednesday, February 7th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Open Date
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 8th 2007
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Akin Wingerter, Ohio State University
Subject: A Heterotic Landscape [hep-th/0611095]
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Nuh Gedik, California Institute of Technology. Dr. Gedik is a candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimentalist
Subject: Ultrafast structural dynamics observed with atomic scale resolution
2:00 pm:
Speaker: James Aguirre, a candidate for the Astrophysics & Cosmology faculty position
Subject: Studying the Evolution of the Universe with Submillimeter Astronomy
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, February 9th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. James Leger, University of Minnesota
Subject: Managing Diffraction and Polarization: New Tools for Optical Scientists
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Nina Lerman, Department of History, Whitman College
Subject: Jim Crow and the White Way: Thoughts on Race, Progress, and Early Electrification in the US.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, February 12th 2007
Speaker: Marco Peloso
Subject: The fate of SUSY flat directions, and their role at reheating
Tuesday, February 13th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mun Chan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin Injection into Normal Metals
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
No seminar this week.
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Kenji Fukushima, Brookhaven National Laboratory, a candidate for the Nuclear Theory faculty position.
Subject: Exploring paradigms of QCD - Hot, Dense, and Energetic Matter
Wednesday, February 14th 2007
1:30 pm:
Ph.D. Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: K. H. Sarwa B. Tan
Subject: Electrical Transport in Indium Oxide Thin Films near the Magnetic Field-Induced Superconductor-Insulator Transition
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Alexander Grosberg
Subject: To knot or not to knot: making neckties of polymers
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 15th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Paul Edmon and Tom Jones, University of Minnesota
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Jason Hancock, Stanford University. Dr. Hancock is a candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimentalist
Subject: Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering: a new tool for the study of correlated-electron materials
2:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 133 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Richard Schnee, Dr. Schnee is a candidate for the Astrophysics faculty position.
Subject: What’s the Matter in the Universe? Looking for Wimps with the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Friday, February 16th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Sergei Dubovsky, Harvard University
Subject: Quantum Horizons of the Standard Model Landscape
Please note CHANGE IN TIME
No H.S.T. Colloquium this week.
Monday, February 19th 2007
Speaker: Chris Savage, University of Minnesota
Subject: The annual modulation of dark matter in the presence of streams
Tuesday, February 20th 2007
12:20 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Xuan Gao, Harvard University, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Dr. Gao is a candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimentalist Position.
Subject: The Sensitivity Limits of Nanowire Bio-Sensors
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Lynn Wilson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Possible Dissipation Mechanisms of Interplanetary Shocks: Pilot Results from a Wind/WAVES Study
Wednesday, February 21st 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Marco Peloso
Subject: Before and After Inflation
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 22nd 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Steve Warren, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kazuhiro Tobe, Michigan State
Subject: Light MSSM Higgs boson scenario and its test at hadron colliders
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Jian Huang, Princeton University
Subject: Novel transport behaviors in strongly correlated two-dimensional holes
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, February 23rd 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Anil Seth, Harvard SAO
Subject: From the Inside Out: the Evolution of Late-Type Galaxy Nuclei & Disks
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Eileen Reeves, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Subject: Mere Projections: Galileo and Scheiner on the Sunspots
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, February 26th 2007
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
Subject: The Role of Cosmic Rays in Galaxy Formation
Tuesday, February 27th 2007
12:20 pm:
Subject: APS March Meeting practice talks
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
The Space Physics Seminar will not be held this week. Please attend the Physics and Astronomy Colloquium on Wednesday instead.
Wednesday, February 28th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ellen Zweibel, University of Wisconsin
Subject: The Generation and Evolution of Astrophysical Magnetic Fields
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1st 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Sean O'Neill and Elisha Polomski, both University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alexei Yung, PNPI/FTPI
Subject: Confined non-Abelian monopoles in N=1 supersymmetric QCD
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Subject: APS March Meeting practice talks
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Misha Stephanov, University of Illinois, Chicago
Subject: AdS/QCD
Professor Stephanov is a candidate for the Nuclear Theory position at the associate professor level.
Friday, March 2nd 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Eric Hallman, CASA, Colorado
Subject: Simulating Large Area Galaxy Cluster Surveys
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Mark Borrello, History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: There's no success like failure: 'Relative Significance' in Evolutionary Biology and the History of Evolutionary Biology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, March 5th 2007
Speaker: Johannes Hubmayr
Subject: The Non-Gaussian Cold Spot in the 3-year WMAP Data
Tuesday, March 6th 2007
12:20 pm:
Due to the APS March meeting, there will be no sack lunch seminar.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Tom Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: Modeling Particle Acceleration at Shocks.
Wednesday, March 7th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Wick Haxton - University of Washington
Subject: What Nuclear Physicists Don't Know About Neutrinos
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8th 2007
12:15 pm:
No seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No Seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Feng Yuan, Brookhaven National Lab. Feng Yuan is a candidate for the Nuclear Theory Faculty position.
Subject: A New Spin on the Proton: the Perspective from RHIC
Friday, March 9th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
No colloquium: Spring Break
Monday, March 12th 2007
Spring Break - No ACLS Seminar this week
Tuesday, March 13th 2007
12:20 pm:
Spring Break: No Seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Spring Break: No Seminar this week.
Wednesday, March 14th 2007
4:00 pm:
Spring Break: No Colloquium this week.
Thursday, March 15th 2007
12:10 pm:
Spring Break: No Seminar this week.
12:15 pm:
Spring Break: No Seminar this week
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Spring Break: No Seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Spring Break: No Seminar this week.
Friday, March 16th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Spring Break: No Colloquium this week.
Spring Break: No Colloquium this week.
Monday, March 19th 2007
Speaker: Emir Gumrukcuoglu
Subject: Relic Anisotropy as a Source for CMB Anomalies
Tuesday, March 20th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Shun Wang
Subject: Investigating Incommensurate Nanoscale Helical Pitch in SmC_alpha* Phase by Differential Optical Reflectivity
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Slava Pilipenko, Space Research Institute, Moscow
Subject: Interaction of propagating magnetosonic and Alfven waves in longitudinally inhomogeneous gyrotropic plasma.
Wednesday, March 21st 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Professor Barry Barish - California Institute of Technology
Subject: "Probing Einstein’s Universe"
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics following lecture
Thursday, March 22nd 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Martha Boyer and Bob Gehrz, both from the University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Andre de Gouvea, Northwestern University
Subject: Neutrino Masses and New Physics at or Below the Electroweak Scale
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Greg McKusky
Subject: Double Magnetic Tunnel Junctions and Spin Diffusion Length Measurements
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Abhijit Majumder, Duke
Subject: Probing the structure of the strongly coupled Quark Gluon Plasma
Abhijit Majumder is a candidate for the nuclear theory faculty position at the assistant professor level.
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Barry C. Barish, Caltech
Subject: The Next Great Particle Accelerator: The International Linear Collider
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23rd 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Karen Leighly, Ohio State U, on sabbatical from the University of Oklahoma
Subject: Quasar Broad Line Region Emission and Kinetics
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: William Ashworth, Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, MO
Subject: Bucculentus: The Underside of the Scientific Revolution
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, March 26th 2007
Speaker: Crystal Austin
Tuesday, March 27th 2007
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Bob Lysak, University of Minnesota
Subject: Alfven wave propagation in the Io plasma torus.
Wednesday, March 28th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Gary Horowitz
Subject: Quantum Black Holes
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 29th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Gerry Ruch, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Joel Giedt, FTPI
Subject: Single-sector gauge mediation, warped extra dimensions, and the Large Hadron Collider
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Kevin Dorfman CEMS, University of Minnesota
Subject: DNA electrophoresis in periodically constricted geometries
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alex Heger, Los Alamos National Lab and University of California, Santa Cruz
Subject: Nucleosynthesis in the First Stars
Alex Heger is a candidate for the faculty position
Friday, March 30th 2007
Speaker: C. Kenneth Waters, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Causes that Make a Difference"
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:00 pm:
Subject: Come meet some prospective graduate students in the Astronomy Reading Room
Refreshments served.
Monday, April 2nd 2007
Speaker: Michael DuVernois
Subject: ANITA and high-energy radio neutrino detection
Tuesday, April 3rd 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: LiDong Pan
Subject: Optical Investigation of Novel Bent-Core Liquid Crystal Phases
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Yukitoshi Nishimura, Tohoku University
Subject: Storm-time large-scale electric fields observed by the Akebono satellite
Wednesday, April 4th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: No speaker this week due to illness.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Helton and Chick Woodward, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ryuichiro Kitano, SLAC
Subject: Sweet Spot Supersymmetry
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Michael Garwood, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota
Subject: Novel MRI using a swept radiofrequency
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No Seminar this week.
Friday, April 6th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Subject: No colloquium this week.
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
Monday, April 9th 2007
Speaker: Clay Hogen-Chin
Subject: Cosmic Ray Composition at High Energies: The TRACER Project
Speaker: Boris Ivlev - U. South Carolina/U. San Luis Potosi
Subject: Enhanced tunneling through nonstationary barriers
Tuesday, April 10th 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Professor Roberta Humphries, University of Minnesota
Subject: Hypergiant Stars: The Evidence for Episodic Mass Loss, Convective Activity and Magnetic Fields.
Wednesday, April 11th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Aharon Kapitulnik
Subject: Search for Gravity-like Forces at sub-mm distance
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Pete Mendygral and Liliya Williams, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Daniel Chung, University of Wisconsin
Subject: Cuscuton: A New Constraint System Applied to Modifying Gravity
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Aharon Kapitulnik, Stanford University
Subject: Polar Kerr Effect Measurements of Novel Superconductors: Evidence for Broken Time Reversal Symmetry in the Superconducting States
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Todd Springer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cosmological Black Hole Formation and the QCD Phase Transition
Friday, April 13th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Knut Olson, CTIO. NOAO
Subject: The Structure and Kinematics of the LMC.
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
Monday, April 16th 2007
No seminar this week.
Tuesday, April 17th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Eric Garlid
Subject: The Spin Hall Effect in Fe/GaAs Heterostructures
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Hall conductivity in a collisionless plasma.
Wednesday, April 18th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado
Subject: Exploring the Giant Magnetosphere of Jupiter
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 19th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Shea Brown, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Joshua Elliott, McGill Univ./Univ. of Chicago
Subject: 3D N=1 SYM with a Chern-Simons term on the Lattice
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota
Subject: What is a Fermi-Luttinger liquid?
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Philippe de Forcrand, ETH Zurich and CERN
Subject: The QCD Phase Diagram at Finite Temperature and Density
Friday, April 20th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Sumner Starrfield, Arizona State University
Subject: The 2006 Oubturst of RS Oph - A Hot Flash on a Degenerate Dwarf
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Alan Beyerchen, Department of History, Ohio State University
Subject: Clausewitz and the Quest for a Science of War
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, April 23rd 2007
Speaker: Taylor Childers
Subject: Preliminary data from the 1st and 2nd CREAM flights: Reaching the knee of the cosmic ray energy spectrum with a balloon experiment
Speaker: Igor Lerner, Birmingham University
Subject: Resonant Level in a Luttinger Liquid
Tuesday, April 24th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Charlie Blackwell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Effects of nanocrystalline inclusions on the electronic properties of thin film amorphous silicon
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Prof. Doug Ernie, ECE Department, U of M
Subject: Plasma Induced Neutral Flows - Theory and Applications
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Xiaohua Lou
Subject: Electrical detection of spin transport in ferromagnet/semiconductor heterostructures
Wednesday, April 25th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Meigan Aronson, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University
Subject: Increasing Faculty Diversity: The Michigan Experience
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 26th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Sebastian Hidalgo, University of Minnesota
Subject: Theoretical planetary mass spectra - a prediction for COROT
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jim Cline, McGill University
Subject: Imprints of Tachyonic Preheating on the CMB
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Meigan Aronson, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University
Subject: Neutron scattering investigations of exchange biased Co/CoO core shell nanoparticles
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, April 27th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
Subject: No Colloquium this week.
Monday, April 30th 2007
No Seminar this week.
Tuesday, May 1st 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Prof. Paul Kellogg, University of Minnesota
Subject: The in-situ plasma wave experiment on STEREO
Wednesday, May 2nd 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ivan Schuller, University of California-San Diego
Subject: Pathological Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 3rd 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Tea Temim and Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Ben Speakman
Subject: Atmospheric Electron Neutrinos in the MINOS Far Detector
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Ivan Schuller, University of California-San Diego
Subject: Superconducting-Magnetic Hybrids
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No Seminar this week.
Friday, May 4th 2007
09:00 am:
Subject: Bio '07: Physics Inspired by Biology
May 4 - 6, 2007, www.ftpi.umn.edu/bio07/
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Rogier Windhorst, Arizona State University
Subject: The James Webb Space Telescope: How can it measure First Light, Reionization, and Galaxy Assembly?
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Jessica Wang
Subject: Social Science and the American State: From the Social Survey to the New Deal
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, May 7th 2007
No seminar this week.
Tuesday, May 8th 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, May 9th 2007
4:00 pm:
This colloquium will resume in the fall.
Thursday, May 10th 2007
12:10 pm:
This seminar will resume in the fall.
12:15 pm:
No seminar this week
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Jianping Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: New magnetic nanoparticles and spintronic devices
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
This seminar will resume in the fall.
Friday, May 11th 2007
3:35 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
This colloquium will resume in the fall.
This colloquium will resume in the fall.
Tuesday, May 29th 2007
1:00 pm:
Ph. D Thesis Defense in Physics Room 170
Speaker: Hyuk-Jae Jang
Subject: Magnetization Reversal Study on Patterned Ferromagnetic and Exchange-Biased Systems
2:00 pm:
Physics Seminar in Physics 166
Speaker: Vladimir Rekovic, University of New Mexico
Subject: Search for Chargino/Neutralino Production Using Low Pt Di-Muon Triggers of CDF on Tevatron
Thursday, May 31st 2007
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Martin Reiris (MIT)
Subject: Large scale behavior of cosmological models
Please note location.
Tuesday, June 5th 2007
Subject: The Dark Side of the Universe 2007
June 5-10, 2007. For more information: http://www.ftpi.umn.edu/dsu07
Wednesday, June 6th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Sergey Y. Tetin, Abbott Laboratories
Subject: Antigenic Epitopes on Peptides and Proteins
Thursday, June 14th 2007
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jean-Francois Dufaux, University of Toronto
Subject: Stochastic gravitational wave background from preheating after inflation
Friday, June 15th 2007
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics Room 435
Speaker: Weimin Deng
Subject: Studies of Wall-Film Superfluidity in 3He/4He Mixtures
Monday, June 25th 2007
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics 236A
Speaker: Peanut McCoy
Subject: Surface structures and reentrant transitions in tilted smectic phases of chiral liquid crystals
Tuesday, July 10th 2007
10:15 am:
THESIS DEFENSE in Physics, Room 358B
Speaker: Zengqiang (John) Liu
Subject: Optical and resonant x-ray studies of chiral smectic-C liquid crystals structures and transitions
Tuesday, July 24th 2007
12:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics 435
Speaker: Roman Lutchyn
Subject: Kinetics of Superconducting Quantum Circuits
Monday, August 6th 2007
12:15 pm:
Johns Hopkins University in Physics 435
Speaker: Takemichi Okui
Subject: ``The 't Hooft Model As A Hologram.''
Wednesday, August 15th 2007
1:00 pm:
PhD Thesis Defense in Physics 133
Speaker: Sean O'Neill
Subject: Three-Dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations of Interactions Between Radio Galaxies and Their Environments
Thursday, August 16th 2007
10:00 am:
PhD Thesis Defense in Physics 435
Speaker: Rob Compton
Subject: Pinning and Dynamics of a Magnetic Vortex Core
2:00 pm:
PhD Thesis Defense in Physics 435
Speaker: Alexey Kobrinskii
Subject: Exchange bias in epitaxial manganite bilayers
Tuesday, August 28th 2007
2:30 pm:
HEP Seminar in Physics 435
Speaker: Maury Goodman (Argonne National Lab)
Subject: The Double Chooz Experiment
Monday, September 3rd 2007
Tuesday, September 4th 2007
Thursday, September 6th 2007
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Takemichi Okui, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: The 't Hooft Model As A Hologram
4:00 pm:
Electrical Engineering Colloquium in 3-210 EECS Building
Speaker: M. Mansuripur, University. Arizona
Subject: Radiation Pressure and the Momentum of Light in Dielectric Media
Please note: There is no Condensed Matter Seminar today, please attend EEC event.
Friday, September 7th 2007
2:30 pm:
Monday, September 10th 2007
Speaker: Pearl Sandick
Subject: Neutralino Dark Matter from GUT-less SUSY
Tuesday, September 11th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Thompson
Subject: Measuring Distances, Orientation and Structural Dynamics in Muscle Proteins Using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
No Seminar This Week
Wednesday, September 12th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Juan Collar, Enrico Fermi Institute
Subject: Something Old, Something New
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 13th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Helton and Terry Jones. both from the University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Andreas Karch, University of Washington
Subject: "The N=4 super Yang-Mills plasma"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Joe Skinner, University of Minnesota
Subject: Fluorescence Fluctuation Spectroscopy Extended Beyond Diffusion: Flow and Immobilization
This talk is also his final Ph.D. Thesis
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, September 14th 2007
2:30 pm:
FTPI Seminar in Physics 435
Speaker: Alon Faraggi, University of Liverpool
Subject: "Novel Symmetries in Heterotic Vacua"
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Priscilla Cushman
Subject: Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Michael Kelley, U. Central Florida
Subject: The Size Distribution and Surface Properties of Comet Nuclei
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Daniel Kennefick, Department of Physics, University of Arkansas
Subject: Traveling at the Speed of Thought: Theorists Attempt to Prove the Existence of Gravitational Waves
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 17th 2007
Speaker: Matthew Sexton, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Nonperturbative Decay of Supersymmetric Flat Directions During Preheating with "realistic" Gauged Lagrangians"
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Walter Library, Room 402
Speaker: Dale Jackson, Dept. of Astronomy
Subject: Dust at Low Metallicity: A Spitzer Survey of Local Group Dwarf Galaxies
Speaker: Dr. Matthias Bode, Argonne National Laboratory
Subject: Imaging Magnetic Surfaces with Atomic Resolution
Tuesday, September 18th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Alex Levchenko
Subject: Coulomb Drag Resistance and Zero Temperature
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Cynthia Cattell, University of Minnesota
Subject: STEREO observations of large amplitude whistler wave in the Van Allen belts: Implications for electron energization
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Kregg Arms
Subject: New results from the MINOS experiment
Wednesday, September 19th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Nigel Cooper, Cambridge University
Subject: Spinning Topological Phases out of Cold Atomic Gases
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 20th 2007
12:00 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Randy Jokipii, University of Arizona
Subject: Implications of Recent Remote and In Situ Observations of the Outer Heliosphere and the Local Interstellar Medium
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Erich Poppitz, University of Toronto
Subject: "Lattice chirality and the decoupling of mirror fermions"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Nigel Cooper, Cambridge
Subject: Pumping and Probing Nuclear Spins in Semiconductor Quantum Wires
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No Seminar This Week
Friday, September 21st 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Vuk Mandic
Subject: Searching for Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background with LIGO
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Jan-Uwe Ness, Arizona State University
Subject: The X-ray view of Classical Novae
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Staffan Mueller-Wille, The ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS), Univ. of Exeter. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Fleck and Kuhn on Scientific Change
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 24th 2007
Speaker: Yong-Zhong Qian
Subject: "Chemical Evolution of Heavy Elements: Implications for Stellar Sources"
Tuesday, September 25th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Greg McKusky
Subject: Differential Conductance Measurements of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
No Seminar This Week
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, September 26th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Susan Coppersmith
Subject: Quantum computing: Opportunities and challenges
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 27th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Dan Polsgrove and Larry Rudnick
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dan Hooper, Fermilab
Subject: "Evidence of Dark Matter Annihilations in the WMAP Sky"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Sue Coppersmith, University of Wisconsin
Subject: Computational complexity and complex systems
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, September 28th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: James Kakalios
Subject: Conductance Fluctuations: From Amorphous Silicon to the Cerebral Cortex
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Subject: No colloquium this week.
Speaker: Kenneth Lipartito, Department of History, Florida International University
Subject: It's Not Rocket Science: Operations Engineering and Human Space Flight
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 1st 2007
Speaker: Shaul Hanany, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Science and Politics of a CMB polarization satellite"
Tuesday, October 2nd 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Craig Zaspel University of Montana–Western
Subject: Spin Dynamics from a Spin-Polarized Current in Vortex State Magnetic Disks
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Alexander Scott, University of Minnesota
Subject: Measuring Quantum Correlations in Entangled D0-D0bar Decays at CLEO-c
Wednesday, October 3rd 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Leo P. Kadanoff
Subject: The Good, the Bad and the Awful - Scientific Simulation and Prediction
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 4th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Paul Edmon and Chuck Woodward, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Shufang Su, University of Arizona
Subject: Left-Right Twin Higgs Models: Collider Phenomenology and Dark Matter Implication
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No Condensed Matter Seminar today. Attendance at the Meisel Lecture at 4:45 by Leo Kadanoff in Room 150 is recommended.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Speaker: Leo P. Kadanoff
Subject: Making a Splash; Breaking a Neck: The Development of Complexity in Physical Systems
Friday, October 5th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Marco Peloso
Subject: Cosmological Inflation
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. David Ciardi, Caltech
Subject: A Search for Dust in the Habitable Zones Around Solar-like Stars
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Michael Weisberg, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Three Kinds of Idealization
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 8th 2007
Speaker: Keith Olive, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, October 9th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Masaya Nishioka
Subject: Magnetoresistance of Graphene Spin Valves
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Professor Gordon Rostoker, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Subject: Substorms: the Evolution of a Concept
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Oleg Kamaev, Center for Accelerator and Particle Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
Subject: Rare nonleptonic decays of the Omega hyperon: measurement of the branching ratios for Omega -> Xi*(1530) pi and Omega -> Xi pi pi
Wednesday, October 10th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Bonnie Fleming
Subject: Unexpected Results from MiniBooNE
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 11th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Dan Weisz and Liliya Williams, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Raymond Bishop, University of Manchester, University of Minnesota
Subject: "The Hamiltonian Lattice: Towards a Many-Body Treatment of SU(N) Gauge Theory"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Matteo Cococcioni, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota
Subject: Improved numerical methods for transition-metal compounds
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, October 12th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Joachim Mueller
Subject: Fluorescence Fluctuation Spectroscopy of Biological Systems: What optical noise can teach us about proteins, cells and viruses?
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Jason Harris, Steward Observatory
Subject: Magellanic Mystery Tour
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
No Colloquium This Week
Monday, October 15th 2007
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
Subject: The Square Kilometer Array and the Early Universe
Tuesday, October 16th 2007
12:20 pm:
No Seminar This Week
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Ed Smith, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA
Subject: The Heliospheric Plasma Sheet: Structure and Dynamics
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Bob Zwaska, Fermilab
Subject: Fermilab Accelerator Improvements for Neutrino Beams
Wednesday, October 17th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ed Smith, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA
Subject: The Heliospheric Magnetic Field: Origin, Structure and Interaction with the Solar Wind and Interstellar Medium
Refreshments moved to Main Hall in front or room 148 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 18th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Shea Brown and Tom Jones, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Philip Mannheim, University of Conneticut
Subject: Conformal Gravity Challenges String Theory
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Baruch Meerson, Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Subject: Particle Clustering in Granular Flows: Hydrodynamic Singularities in a Box of Sand?
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino Mass Hierarchy and Stepwise Spectral Swapping of Supernova Neutrino Flavors
Friday, October 19th 2007
2:30 pm:
FTPI Seminar in Physics 435
Speaker: Ken Intriligator, University of California, San Diego
Subject: "IR Free or Interacting? Proposed diagnostics."
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Robert Lysak
Subject: Plasma Physics in the Solar System and Beyond
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Robert Benjamin, U. Wisconsin, White Water
Subject: The Milky Way Galaxy: A (Re)Introduction
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Stuart McCook, Department of History, University of Guelph
Subject: The 'Malaria of Coffee': Hemileia vastatrix and Changing Ideas about Health and Disease in Plants, 1870-1930
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 22nd 2007
Speaker: Shea Brown, University of Minnesota
Subject: "A 280 Mpc Void and the WMAP Cold Spot"
Tuesday, October 23rd 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Tsuyoshi Kondo
Subject: Tunneling Anisotropic Magnetoresistance in Fe/GaAs Heterostructures
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Paul Kellogg, University of Minnesota
Subject: How to measure density and electric field with only 3 antennas
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 24th 2007
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium This Week
Thursday, October 25th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Steve Warren, University of Minnesota and Ken Rines, Harvard Center for Astrophysics
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jose Cembranos, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Goldstones and Solitons in Brane Worlds"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Matthieu Wyart, Harvard University
Subject: Soft Modes, Rigidity and Relaxation in Amorphous Solids
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, October 26th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Allen Goldman
Subject: Superconductivity: What It Is and What We Know
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Dean Townsley, University of Chicago
Subject: Explosions in Mass Transferring White Dwarf Stellar Binaries
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Amit Hagar, Indiana Univ., Don Howard, Univ. of Notre Dame, Chris Smeenk, Univ. of Western Ontario
Subject: Einstein's Distinction between Principle Theories and Constructive Theories
Please see comments in Abstract section
Monday, October 29th 2007
Speaker: Vuk Mandic
Subject: LIGO: Status and Plans
Tuesday, October 30th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Chunyong He
Subject: Heat Capacity Investigation of Phase Separation and Spin-State Transitions in La1-xSrxCoOx
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Yan Song, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic Reconnection or Irreversible Reactive Interaction in Cosmic Plasmas?
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jason Haupt, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electron Efficiencies from Data in the CMS detector
Wednesday, October 31st 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Larry Rudnick, Liliya Williams, Marco Peloso, Shaul Hanany, Shea.Brown
Subject: The CMB, Dark Energy, and the Giant Void in the Universe
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 1st 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Pete Mendygral and Sebastian Hidalgo, both University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Witold Skiba, Yale University
Subject: "Light Scalar at LHC: the Higgs or the Dilaton?"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Raymond Bishop, Manchester
Subject: Quantum Phase Transitions in Spin-Lattice Systems With and Without Frustration
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Jim Kneller, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Lithium-6 Plateau
Friday, November 2nd 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Mikhail Shifman
Subject: HEP theory
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Doug Leonard, SDSU
Subject: Seeking the Type Ia Supernova Progenitor
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
3:35 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in Carlson School of Management, Room: t.b.a.
Speaker: Kenneth Manders, Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Representation vs Ontology in Mathematics
Note: Different Place
Monday, November 5th 2007
Speaker: Terry Jay Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: Fundamental constants, not so variable after all
Speaker: Igor Burmistrov, L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics
Subject: Energy relaxation in the spin-polarized disordered electron liquid
Tuesday, November 6th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Trapping carriers in organic field-effect transistors by metal nanoparticles
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Deborah Harris, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Subject: The MINERvA Experiment
Wednesday, November 7th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Walter Gekelman
Subject: Three-dimensional current systems produced by colliding plasmas in a background Magnetoplasma
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 8th 2007
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Physics 358B (Astronomy Reading Room)
Speaker: Jeremy Gogos
Subject: An Atmospheric Muon Neutrino Disappearance Measurement with the MINOS Far Detector
10:10 am:
Space Physics Seminar in 170 Physics
Speaker: Walter Gekelman from UCLA
Subject: Experiments relevant to space at the UCLA Basic Plasma Science Facility
Please note different time and place.
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Karl Isensee and Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Yuri Shirman, University of California, Irvine
Subject: Low energy gauge mediation from metastable vacua
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Daniel Sheehy, Iowa State
Subject: The Low-Temperature Phases of Polarized Fermionic Superfluids
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yang Li, Iowa State
Subject: Gluon recombination in high parton density QCD
Friday, November 9th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Roger Rusack
Subject: CMS experiment
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Dean C. Hines, NM Office, Space Science Institute
Subject: The Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: John P. Jackson, Department of Communication, University of Colorado-Boulder
Subject: The Boundary Work of the ‘Blank Slate’: Creating the Disciplines of Evolutionary Psychology and Cultural Anthropology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 12th 2007
Speaker: Liliya Williams
Subject: Cosmology WITHOUT Supernova and CMB
Tuesday, November 13th 2007
12:20 pm:
No Seminar This Week
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Survey and Significance of Bipolar Electric Fields observed near a Magnetic Reconnection Region in the Geomagnetic tail
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Mark Kos, Queen's University
Subject: Low Energy Threshold Analysis of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Salt phase Data
Wednesday, November 14th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Prof.Earl Peterson and Prof.Keith Ruddick
Subject: History of High Energy Physics at Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Crystal Austin and Bob Gehrz, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Michael Ramsey-Musolf, University of Wisconsin
Subject: Baryogenesis, Electric Dipole Moments, and the Higgs Boson
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Eugene Tsiper, Scientific Perfect LLC, St. Paul, MN
Subject: Application of Lanczos technique to Hermitian and certain non-Hermitian problems in Physics
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No Seminar This Week
Friday, November 16th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Cronin-Hennessy
Subject: MINOS/NOvA experiment
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Andy Sheinis, U. Wisconsin, Madison
Subject: Host Galaxies of Luminous Quasars: Structural Properties and the Fundamental Plane
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Lillian Hoddeson, Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana
Subject: Analogy and Inventive Style: Stanford Ovshinsky's Radical Approach to Inventing Alternative Energy Technologies
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 19th 2007
Speaker: Barun Kumar Dhar
Subject: "Reconstructing Dark Matter halos in Clusters of galaxies: A new approach"
Tuesday, November 20th 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lynn Wilson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Waves at Interplanetary Shocks: New Results from Wind and STEREO
Wednesday, November 21st 2007
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium This Week
Thursday, November 22nd 2007
No events scheduled for today.
Friday, November 23rd 2007
No events scheduled for today.
Monday, November 26th 2007
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Walter Library, Room 404
Speaker: Longhua Hu
Subject: Statistical Mechanics Problems in Biopolymer Physics
Speaker: Marco Peloso, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nonperturbative reheating after inflation: is it testable?
Tuesday, November 27th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mike Erickson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin injection, transport, and detection in lateral metallic spin valves
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. John Dombeck, University of Minnesota
Subject: Intense, Earthward, Broadband Electron Events Observed at Low Latitude During Major Geomagnetic Storms at FAST
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
3:00 pm:
Special Astrophysics Seminar in Astronomy Reading Room (358)
Speaker: Massimo Marengo, Harvard Center for Astrophysics
Subject: A Spitzer View of the epsilon Eridani Planetary System
Wednesday, November 28th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Timothy Newman, Arizona State University, Center for Biological Physics
Subject: Discrete, mesoscale, stochastic dynamics in biological systems: applications to embryogenesis and biochemical networks
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 29th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Jessica Ennis and Evan Skillman, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kenji Kadota, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cosmology in warped extra dimensions
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Chris Leighton, CEMS, University of Minnesota
Subject: Tunable spin polarization in Co1-xFexS2: Engineering half-metallic ferromagnets
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Todd Springer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Thermodynamics and Transport Coefficients from Gauge/Gravity Duality
Friday, November 30th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Dahlberg (changed from Dec 7)
Subject: Experimental Condensed Matter
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Kris Davidson, University of Minnesota, Astronomy Department
Subject: ETA and the Supernova Impostors
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Evelynn Hammonds, Holyoke Center, Harvard University
Subject: The Marginalization of Experience
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 3rd 2007
4:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Scott
Subject: Measuring Quantum Correlations in Entangled D Decays at CLEO-c
Tuesday, December 4th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Shun Wang
Subject: Unexpected Phenomenon in Smectic A Liquid Crystalline Phase
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cluster observation of extremely oblique low frequency waves in the magnetic reconnection jet in the geomagnetic tail.
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, December 5th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Thomas Delworth, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Subject: Decadal-scale changes in the Atlantic Ocean - natural variability and human-induced climate change
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 6th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Martha Boyer and Roberta Humphreys, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alex Kusenko, UCLA
Subject: "Dark matter and sterile neutrinos: the dark side of the light fermions"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Russell Holmes,CEMS, U of M
Subject: Small molecular weight organic photovoltaic cells – Recent progress, current challenges, and future potential
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Linear Sigma Model at Finite Temperature and Isospin Chemical Potential
Friday, December 7th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Vincent Noireaux (Changed from Nov 30)
Subject: In vitro expression in synthetic vesicles: expressing, feeding, degrading
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Cattell, University of Minnesota, Physics
Subject: STEREO observations of large amplitude whistler-mode waves in Earth’s radiation belts: Implications for relativistic electron acceleration and loss
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Laura Snyder, Department of Philosophy, St. John’s University. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.
Subject: Bold Leaps: Guesses or Inferences? Analogical Reasoning in Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 10th 2007
12:00 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in Carlson School of Management, Room: TBA
Speaker: Giovanni Giorgini, Department of Ancient History, University of Bologna. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Relativism and Its Discontents
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Speaker: Michael Milligan
Subject: "Stars Powered by Dark Matter"
Tuesday, December 11th 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
Wednesday, December 12th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Bob Pepin, U of M
Subject: Stardust Mission
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 13th 2007
12:10 pm:
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Veronica Sanz, Boston University
Subject: "Benchmarks for new strong interactions at the LHC"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
Friday, December 14th 2007
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Tom Bing, University of Maryland, College Park
Subject: Upper Level Physics Students' Framing of Math Use
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
No colloquium this week. This event will resume spring semester.
Tuesday, December 18th 2007
This event will resume spring semester.
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Joss Ives, University of British Columbia
Subject: Reforming a Large Introductory Physics Course at the University of British Columbia
This event will resume spring semester.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Sinjini Sengupta, University of Minnesota
Subject: W and Z Boson Asymmetries at the Tevatron
Wednesday, December 19th 2007
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Paul Barsic
Subject: Thermodynamics, Triplets, and Transport: The Proximity Effect in Superconductor/Ferromagnet Nanostructures
This event will resume spring semester.
Thursday, December 20th 2007
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.
Friday, December 21st 2007
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.

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