University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Fall Semester

Thursday, September 2nd 2010
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 133 Physics
Speaker: Lynn B. Wilson III, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Microphysics of Collisionless Shocks
Friday, September 3rd 2010
Monday, September 6th 2010
Tuesday, September 7th 2010
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 170 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, September 8th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be an organizational meeting this week
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, September 9th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Austen Lamacraft, University of Virginia
Subject: Hamiltonian monodromy in a spin-1 Bose gas.
Friday, September 10th 2010
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
No colloquium
No Colloquium presentation.
Monday, September 13th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Chaoyun Bao, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Impact of the Spectral Response of an Achromatic Half Wave Plate on Measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in Physics 143
Speaker: Joe Pastika, University of Minnesota
Subject: Savas Dimopoulos & Greg Landsberg,
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, September 14th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Rob O'Connell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Imaging Ultra-Short T2 in MRI
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be an organizational meeting this week
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 170 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, September 15th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Laurens Keek, University of Minnesota
Subject: Thermonuclear carbon flashes from accreting neutron stars
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Julio Navarro, University of Victoria
Subject: Dark Matter under a Numerical Microscope
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 16th 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Ken Chan and Terry Jones
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Chandan Dasgupta
Subject: Growing length and time scales in glass forming liquids
Friday, September 17th 2010
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: No colloquium
Speaker: Florence Hsia, Department of the History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Subject: Telling Scientific Lives and the Return of Biography
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 20th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Liliya Williams, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dark matter halos from first principles
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Chad Geppert, University of Minnesota
Subject: Berta, M. "The uncertainty principle in the presence of quantum memory." Nature Physics 6.9 (2010):659.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, September 21st 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Matt Parker, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dynamics of Population Systems with Near Marginal Stability
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 170 Physics
Speaker: Pamela Sooriyan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dose enhancement in bone due to giant dipole resonance of Ca-40 with photons of 14-20 MeV.
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Kevin Klapoetke, University of Minnesota
Subject: Measurements of W and Z in pp collisions at CMS
7:00 pm:
5th Annual Misel Lecture in McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
Speaker: N. David Mermin, Cornell University
Subject: Spooky Actions at a Distance?
Refreshments will be served afterward in the McNamara Atrium.
Wednesday, September 22nd 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Chen Hou, University of Minnesota
Subject: Snow storm in the neutron star crust
3:35 pm:
Speaker: N. David Mermin, Cornell University
Subject: What has quantum mechanics to do with factoring?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 23rd 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Kathleen DeWahl
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dmitry Melnikov (Tel Aviv U.)
Subject: Lattices of baryons at large N
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Alex Levchenko, Argonne National Lab
Subject:  Interacting electrons in 1D beyond the Luttinger-liquid limit: transport and relaxation
Friday, September 24th 2010
12:00 pm:
Physics Force Public Show in Coffman Union
Public shows are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
Speaker: Andrew Helton thesis defense
3:35 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in *** NOTE Different Location: Great Hall, Walter Library ***
Speaker: Nancy Beadie, College of Education, University of Washington; Pamela Henson, Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution
Subject: Author Meets Readers: Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930. Author: Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minneso
Refreshments served in Great Hall, Walter Library at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, September 27th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ben Gold, University of Minnesota
Subject: New Challenges in CMB Polarization
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Alexey Finkel, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spergel, D. N. "Observational evidence for self-interacting cold dark matter." Physical review letters 84.17 (2000):3760.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, September 28th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Lee Wienkes, University of Minnesota
Subject: "The Hydrogen Glass in Doped Hydrogenated Amorphous/Nanocrystalline Silicon"
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Chris Colpitts, University of Minnesota
Subject: Satellite observations of frequency-banded VLF emissions concurrent with energy-banded ions during geomagnetic superstorms
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Pamela Sooriyan, University of Minnesota
Subject: TBA
Note change of room for this seminar, this semester.
3:30 pm:
Speaker: Jeremiah Mans and Joe Kapusta, University of Minnesota
Subject: Observation of Long-Range, Near-Side Angular Correlations in Proton-Proton Collisions at the LHC
Note change of time for seminar, this week only.
Wednesday, September 29th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Sean Bartz, University of Minnesota
Subject: Pion Mass Spectrum from AdS/QCD
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jenny Hoffman, Harvard University
Subject: Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy and Vortex Imaging in the Iron-Pnictide High-Tc Superconductors
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 30th 2010
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Megan Krejny
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Jenny Hoffman, Harvard University
Subject: Nanoscale Explorations of the Insulator-Metal Transition in Vanadium Dioxide
Friday, October 1st 2010
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Clem Pryke, University of Minnesota
Subject: Viewing the Beginning of the Universe from the Bottom of the World
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: No colloquium - Astronomy Picnic
Speaker: Linnda Caporael, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Subject: Truly Social Cognition: Repeatedly Assembling Culture and Mind
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 4th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dan Stern, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Subject: Cosmic Clocks: Constraining the Equation of State of Dark Energy
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Gude
Subject: To be announced.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, October 5th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Gustafson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Simulating Entangled Polymers and Polymer Melt Boundaries
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Large Amplitude Whistler Waves in the Earth's Inner Plasmasphere
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 6th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Heger, University of Minnesota
Subject: Multi-Zone Models for Type I X-Ray Bursts - Movies and live show
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Professor Joel Moore, UC Berkeley
Subject: The Birth of Topological Insulators
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 7th 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Jennifer Delgado and Yong Qian
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Petr Horava (UC-Berkeley)
Subject: General Covariance in Gravity at a Lifshitz Point
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Joel E. Moore, Berkeley
Subject: Optical signatures of spin transport, Berry's phase, and unconventional superconductivity
Friday, October 8th 2010
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Ken Heller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Physics Education Research: What Is It and Why It Is Important to You.
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Andrew MacHadyen, NYU
Subject: Extreme Explosions - The Dynamics and Observational Signatures of Gamma-Ray Bursts
Speaker: James Griesemer, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis.
Subject: Origin Stories and Theoretical Biology: On Not Begging the Question
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 11th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kristy McQuinn
Subject: The Duration of Starbursts
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Jan Zirnstein, University of Minnesota
Subject: Observation of non-exponential orbital electron capture decays of hydrogen-like 140Pr and 142Pm ions a, R. Redad, R. Reuschla, C. Scheidenbergera, b, M. Stecka, T. Stöhlkera, i, S. Torilovj, M. Trass
The journal club is NOT CANCELLED!
Tuesday, October 12th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Te-Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Pinning mechanisms for vortices in ferromagnetic films
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Professor Bela Fejer, Utah State University
Subject: The quiet time variability in the electrodynamics of the low latitude ionosphere
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Roy Bar-Ziv, Weizmann Institute
Subject: Reconstructing synthetic cellular compartments on a surface
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, October 13th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Michael Albright and Joe Kapusta, University of Minnesota
Subject: Quasi-Particle Theory of Transport in Hot Dense Matter
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Guido Mueller, University of Florida
Subject: The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA)
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 14th 2010
08:00 am:
Gravitational Waves 2010 Workshop in Mayo Memorial Auditorium
Please contact gw2010 (@) physics.umn.edu for more information about the event.
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Cancelled for this week so people can attend the Gravitational workshop
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Maxim Khodas, Brookhaven National Lab and Iowa State U.
Subject: Effect of order parameter fluctuations on the spectral density in d-wave superconductors
Friday, October 15th 2010
08:00 am:
Gravitational Waves 2010 Workshop in Mayo Memorial Auditorium
Please contact gw2010 (@) physics.umn.edu for more information about the event.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Marvin Marshak, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Deep Underground Sky
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics 157
Speaker: Steven Gardeen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Human Auditory Source Discrimination.
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Adwin Boogert, IPAC, Caltech
Subject: Interstellar Ices
Speaker: Richard Bellon, Lymann Briggs School, Michigan State University
Subject: The Moral Condition of Victorian Science: Patience, Humility and the Inductive Method
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 16th 2010
08:00 am:
Gravitational Waves 2010 Workshop in Mayo Memorial Auditorium
Please contact gw2010 (@) physics.umn.edu for more information about the event.
Monday, October 18th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Tom Essinger-Hileman, Princeton University
Subject: The Atacama B-Mode Search: Instrument Design and Science Prospects
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dan Endean, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic monopoles in spin ice." Nature 451.7174 (2008):42.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, October 19th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Brian Skinner, University of Minnesota
Subject: Anomalously large capacitance of a two-dimensional electron gas next to a metal surface
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Naiguo Lin, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
Subject: Exploring the mechanism of substorm onset: studies of substorm timing sequence and the effect of solar wind variations
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 20th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yong-Zhong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: Recent progress and future outlook of r-process studies
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Professor Vincent Noireaux, University of Minnesota
Subject: Development of an artificial cell to study some information and self-organization processes.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 21st 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Danielle Berg and Liliya Williams
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Anatoly Dymarsky (IAS, Princeton)
Subject: Holographic model of baron potential
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Ray Ashoori, MIT
Subject: Extremely high resolution spectroscopy of the two-dimensional electronic system
Friday, October 22nd 2010
10:00 am:
Speaker: Ray Ashoori, MIT
Subject: Capacitance and magnetization of the electronic system formed at the interface between two oxides
*Note the special time and location
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Shaul Hanany, University of Minnesota
Subject: Probing the Physics of the Big Bang
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Brian Metzger, Princeton U
Subject: The Proto-Magnetar Model for Gamma Ray Bursts
Speaker: Hiromi Muzuno, Department of History, University of Minnesota
Subject: Scientific Nationalism in Postcolonial East Asia
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 25th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ken Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Multi-Dimensional Simulations of Pair-Instability Supernovae
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Abdul Naseer
Subject: Leggett, A. J. "Superfluidity." Reviews of modern physics 71.2 (1999):S318.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, October 26th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: LiDong Pan, University of Minnesota
Subject: XRD Study of Mixed Structures in Liquid Crystal
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Alyssa Hamre, University of Minnesota.
Subject: Ion Outflow during Intense Dayside Poynting Flux.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Greg Fairchild, Biophysical Science and Medical Physics Department
Subject: The Influence of Therapeutic Radiation Doses on the Pattern of Remodeling in Healthy and Estrogen-deficient Bone.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 27th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Chris West, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jeremiah Mans , University of Minnesota
Subject: First Physics Results from the LHC
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 28th 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Steve Warren and Kristen McQuinn
12:15 pm:
Speaker: David Morrissey (TRIUMF)
Subject: Hylogenesis: A Unified Origin for Baryonic Visible Matter and Antibaryonic Dark Matter
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Evgeny Tsymbal, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Subject: Perspectives of Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Tunnel Junctions
Friday, October 29th 2010
2:30 pm:
The Seminar has been canceled.
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Mark Halpern, U British Columbia
Subject: Having a BLAST in Antarctica, and measuring star formation history with a submillimeter camera
Speaker: Douglas Marshall, Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, Visiting Scholar
Subject: Challenging the Applicability of Geometry
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 1st 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Neil Barnaby, University of Minnesota
Subject: Probing Inflaton Interactions with the CMB
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Ryo Namba
Subject: Paper: Bassett, B. A. "Inflation dynamics and reheating." Reviews of modern physics 78.2 (2006):537.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, November 2nd 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yen-Hsiang Lin, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Magnetoresistnace peak in superconductor-insulator transition"
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Time to be announced.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Liang Li, University of California, Riverside
Subject: Recent results on Top Properties at D0
Wednesday, November 3rd 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Martin Greven
Subject: Unconventional magnetism in the copper-oxide high-temperature superconductors
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 4th 2010
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 150 Physics
Speaker: Jesse Woodroffe, University of Minnesota
Subject: Ultra Low Frequency Waves, Magnetic Pulsations, and the Ionospheric Alfven Resonator
This is the public portion of Jesse Woodroffe's thesis defense.
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Hooman Davoudiasl (BNL)
Subject: The Little Radion at Hadron Colliders
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Daniel Agterberg, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Subject: Ginzburg Landau Wilson theories for FFLO superfluids and superconductors
Friday, November 5th 2010
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Chris Leighton, University of Minnesota
Subject: Novel magnetic materials
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Chris Reynolds, U Maryland
Subject: New Insights Into Black Hole Accretion
No HST Colloquium this week.
Monday, November 8th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Shivaraj Kandhasamy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Search for long gravitational-wave transients using LIGO data
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Tambe Ebai Norbert
Subject: Branz, T. "Two-photon decay of heavy hadron molecules." Physical review. D. Particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology 82.5 (2010):054010
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, November 9th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dan Endean, University of Minnesota
Subject: Microwave Measurements of Giant Magnetoresistance
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Theoden Netoff, University of Minnesota, Biomedical Engineering
Subject: Dynamical approaches to understanding the mechanisms of seizure genesis and treatment
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, November 10th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Projjwal Banerjee, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino induced nucleosynthesis
3:35 pm:
Speaker: William Hendee Medical College of Wisconsin;
Subject: Medical Physics: The Past and the Present
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 11th 2010
11:30 am:
Come find out about careers in physics, take a lab tour and enjoy free pizza.
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Damon Farnsworth and Bob Gehrz
12:15 pm:
No seminar today! Rescheduled to Friday, Nov 12th
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Neven Barisic, Stuttgart University
Subject: Electronic properties of iron-pnictides and cuprates
6:30 pm:
See a Physics Force Show, take a lab tour and win a copy of the Physics of Super Heroes!
Friday, November 12th 2010
2:00 pm:
Speaker: Grigory Vartanov (Max-Planck Institute, Albert-Einstein Institute)
Subject: Recent results on superconformal indices
Note special date & time!
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Paul Crowell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin Transport and Dynamics
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker:  Dr. Niklas Karlsson, U Minnesota, Physics
Subject: On the Origin of Cosmic Rays
No HST Colloquium this week.
Saturday, November 13th 2010
10:30 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Coffman Union
Public shows are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
12:00 pm:
Physics Force Public Show in Coffman Union
Public shows are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
Monday, November 15th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ilan Sagiv, University of Minnesota
Subject: Results from Arcade
2:00 pm:
Speaker: Alexander Heger, Joseph Kapusta and Yong Qian (University of Minnesota)
Subject: Implications of the Observation of a 2 Solar Mass Neutron Star
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker:  Mike Schecter, University of Minnesota
Subject: Paper: Jain, J. K. "The role of analogy in unraveling the fractional quantum Hall effect mystery." Physica. E, Low-dimensional systems & nanostructures 20.1-2 (2003):79.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, November 16th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mike Erickson, University of Minnesota
Subject: The spin diffusion length in nanoscopic lateral metallic spin valves
To be announced.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Adam Hupach, University of Minnesota
Subject: Solitary wave Near Magnetotail Reconnection: Cluster Observations
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Brian Rebel, University of Minnesota
Subject: Liquid Argon TPC Research & Development at Fermilab
Wednesday, November 17th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Thomas Kelley, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Thermodynamics of a 5D Gravity-Dilaton-Tachyon Solution
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Eric Hudson, MIT
Subject: Stability in a Turbulent (Fermi) Sea: The Ever More Remarkable High Temperature Superconductors
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 18th 2010
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Pete Mendygral and Roberta Humphreys
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Roshan Foadi (Michigan State U.)
Subject: Making sense of negative norm states
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Boris Spivak, University of Washington, Seattle
Subject: Theory of normal-superconductor transitions and the Weakly Coupled Pfaffian as a Type I Quantum Hall Liquid.
Friday, November 19th 2010
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jorge Vinals, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nonlinear dynamics in soft matter and biophysics
To be announced.
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Eric Thrane,University of Minnesota
Subject: Listening for the Big Bang: searching for stochastic gravitational-wave backgrounds and foregrounds
Speaker: Thomas Nickles, Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno
Subject: Heuristic Appraisal: How to Learn from the 'Future'
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 22nd 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ilan Sagiv, University of Minnesota
Subject: Results from Arcade
Note: Seminar is rescheduled from last week
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Ilana Percher, University of Minnesota
Subject: Merkt, F. S. "Persistent holes in a fluid." Physical review letters 92.18 (2004):184501.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, November 23rd 2010
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Yan Yin,, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Nightside Tail Modeling of Earth's Magnetosphere: Force-balanced Magnetospheric Configurations
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, November 24th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, November 25th 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Testing speaker
Subject: Testing subject
There will be no seminar this week. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Friday, November 26th 2010
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
There will be no HST Colloquium this week. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, November 29th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kate Raach, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced
Tuesday, November 30th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Tom Dunn, University of Minnesota
Subject: Optimization of Spin Torque Induced Magnetic Switching
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: John Wygant, University of Minnesota
Subject: Energy Flow in the Cusp
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Luke Arentsen, University of Minnesota, Biomedical Engineering.
Subject: Cancer treatment effects on cancellous bone remodeling using Quantitative Computed Tomography.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, December 1st 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Ke-Jung Chen (University of Minnesota)
Subject: The Biggest Explosions of the Universe: Simulations of Thermonuclear Supernovae of Very Massive Stars
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, December 2nd 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Andrea Mehner and Evan Skillman
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Peter Armitage, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: Ultrafast (but Many-Body) Relaxation in a Low-Density Electron Glass
Friday, December 3rd 2010
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Daniel Cronin-Hennessy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino Physics
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Alan McConnachie, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria, Canada
Subject: Galaxy Archaeology in the Near Field
Speaker: William C. Wimsatt, Winton Chair Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota, and Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago
Subject: Studying Cultural Evolution: Beyond the Meme?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 6th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Mark SubbaRao, University of Chicago
Subject: To be announced.
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Chen Hou, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, December 7th 2010
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yeonbae Lee, University of Minnesota
Subject: Phase diagram of the electrically gated Strontium titanate
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Xiangwei Tang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electron holes at the Earth's magnetopause in association with magnetopause reconnection
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Brian Moziak, Rensselaer Polytechnic Insitute
Subject: To be announced
Wednesday, December 8th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Meng-Ru Wu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spectra dependence of collective neutrino oscillations in supernovae
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Prof. Csaba Csaki, Cornell University
Subject: Searching for the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, December 9th 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Attila Kovacs
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Carlos Hoyos (University of Washington)
Subject: A holographic fractional topological insulator
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Prof. Claudia Felser, University of Mainz
To be announced.
Friday, December 10th 2010
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Priscilla Cushman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Direct Dark Matter Searches with CDMS
2:30 pm:
Probability Seminar in Vincent Hall 207
Speaker: Jun Yin, Harvard University
Subject: Random Matrix Theory: A short survey and recent results on universality
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Roberta Humphreys, U Minnesota, Astronomy
Subject: A Galactic Asymmetry and Interaction with the Bar in the Disk
No HST Colloquium this week.
Monday, December 13th 2010
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Asad Aboobaker, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cosmological constraints from the SNLS 3-year data
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
Speaker: Pam Vo, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced
Tuesday, December 14th 2010
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Victor Barocas, Biomedical Engineering.
Subject: Mechanical models of fibrous tissue
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Abraham DeBenedetti, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced
Wednesday, December 15th 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Uwe-Jens Wiese, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics, Bern University, Switzerland
Subject: Discrete Quantum Systems and Emergent Field Theories: From Graphene to Antiferromagnets and QCD
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, December 16th 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
The will be no journal club today. Finals begin
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week. Finals begin.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week. Finals begin.
Friday, December 17th 2010
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week. Finals begin.
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
No colloquium. Finals begin.
There will be no colloquium this week. Finals begin.
Monday, December 20th 2010
12:15 pm:
No seminar. Finals week.
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 143 Physics
No seminar. Finals week.
Tuesday, December 21st 2010
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
No seminar. Finals week.
2:30 pm:
No seminar. Finals week.
Wednesday, December 22nd 2010
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar. Finals week.
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week. Finals week.
Thursday, December 23rd 2010
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
No journal club. Winter break.
12:15 pm:
No seminar. Winter break.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No seminar, winter break.
Friday, December 24th 2010
2:30 pm:
No seminar. University winter closure.
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
No colloquium. University winter closure.
Monday, December 27th 2010
Tuesday, December 28th 2010
Wednesday, December 29th 2010
Thursday, December 30th 2010
Friday, December 31st 2010

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