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Events on Friday, May 4th, 2012

Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
Please feel free to bring your lunch!
If you have questions or comments about this journal club, would like to propose a topic or volunteer to introduce a paper, please email Le Zhang (
Host: Peter Timbie
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
VBFNLO: vector boson fusion and more
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Dieter Zeppenfeld, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Uncovering the nature of neutrinos via double beta decay
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin
Speaker: Allen Caldwell, Director, Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany
Abstract: Whether or not the neutrino is a Majorana particle is a fundamental question in particle physics. The search for neutrinoless double beta decay is a direct attempt to answer this question. The GERDA experiment, which started taking data last year, is such a search. After an introduction, the experiment status and plans will be described.
Host: Westerhoff
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Physics Department Colloquium
2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Alumni Award Speaker
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 3:30 pm)
Speaker: Ronald Lockwood, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract: Imaging spectroscopy is a sophisticated tool used to address a broad range of scientific questions in remote sensing. Imaging spectroscopy is an evolution of the multi-spectral imagers that are commonly employed for remote sensing such as NASA's LandSat series. This talk is a broad overview of the technology including a conceptual introduction, a review of the optical forms that are generally applied with a more detailed description of the Chrisp-Offner design, a description of the established techniques employed for both the laboratory and field (vicarious) calibration in order to convert the raw data to physical units, the removal of the deleterious effects of the atmosphere through the application of the principles of radiative transfer, and the techniques used for performing material detection.
Host: Lin
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