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Events During February, 2012

   Wednesday, February 1st
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:00 pm; 2241 Chamberlin
Ambipolar ion acceleration from plasma expansion through a magnetic nozzle and near-term spacecraft propulsion applications, Dr. Benjamin Longmier, University of Houston

   Thursday, February 2nd
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Recent Results from the COUPP Dark Matter Search, Andrew Sonnenschein, Fermilab

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
A (Re) Introduction to the Milky Way (AAS Reprise), Bob Benjamin, UW Whitewater

   Friday, February 3rd
Atomic Physics Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Atomic dipole traps formed in the diffraction pattern of a circular aperture for use in neutral atom quantum computing, Katharina Gillen, California Polytechnic State University

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Beyond the Standard Model: The Particle Physics Frontier, Michael Ramsey-Musolf, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presentation: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/twap/presentations/2328.pdf
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2012/02/03.html

   Monday, February 6th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2241 Chamberlin
High energy density plasmas generated by radial foils on COBRA, Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Gourdain, Cornell University

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Quantum efficiency of a microwave photon detector based on a current-biased Josephson junction, Amrit Poudel, UW-Madison

   Tuesday, February 7th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Social networking sites and adolescent health, Megan A. Moreno, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301); 1:20 pm; 2223 Chamberlin
Silicon quantum dot spin qubits, Mark Eriksson, University of Wisconsin Department of Physics

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Title to be announced, Matt Buckley, Fermilab

   Wednesday, February 8th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:00 pm; 2241 Chamberlin
The evolution of the edge pedestal structure and turbulence during the edge localized mode (ELM) cycle on NSTX, Dr. Ahmed Diallo, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboatory

Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, February 9th
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
The Empirical Case For 10 GeV Dark Matter, Dan Hooper, Fermilab / University of Chicago

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
"A New Look at Stellar Evolution: Chi-by-Eye Evolves to Bayesian Statistics", Ted von Hippel, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 4:00 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Cosmic Accelerators: Pulsars and Pulsar Wind Nebulae, Aous Abdo, George Mason University

   Friday, February 10th
Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 2:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Title to be announced, Brock Tweedie, Boston University

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Reinventing the Accelerator, Prof. James B. Rosenzweig, UCLA Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2012/02/10.html

   Saturday, February 11th
Wonders of Physics; 1:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

Wonders of Physics; 4:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

Wonders of Physics; 7:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

   Sunday, February 12th
Wonders of Physics; 1:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

Wonders of Physics; 4:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

   Monday, February 13th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2241 Chamberlin
Complex Plasma - A Potential Field for Interdisciplinary Research Using Laboratory and Space Experiments, Dr. Uwe Kokopka, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Magnetic penetration depth of iron-pnictides in case of coexistence between superconducting and spin-density wave orders, Dushko Kuzmanovski, UW-Madison

   Tuesday, February 14th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Energy harvesting for mobile electronics, Ashley Taylor, UW Department of Mechanical Engineering

"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301); 1:20 pm; 2223 Chamberlin
X-ray Astronomy, Dan McCammon, University of Wisconsin Department of Physics

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 4:00 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Ghosts in the ice - Searching for the Universe's most elusive particles at the South Pole, Darren Grant, University of Alberta

   Wednesday, February 15th
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 11:00 am; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Hunting for Dark Matter in Antarctica, Carsten Rott, Ohio State University

   Thursday, February 16th
Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
Through a Glass Darkly: Galaxy Clusters and Strong Lensing, Michael Gladders, University of Chicago

   Friday, February 17th
Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Plasma Techniques Used to Trap Antihydrogen[1], Joel Fajans, University of California, Berkeley
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2012/02/17.html

   Saturday, February 18th
Physics Fair; 11:00 am; Chamberlin Hall

Wonders of Physics; 1:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

Wonders of Physics; 4:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

Wonders of Physics; 7:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

   Sunday, February 19th
Wonders of Physics; 1:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

Wonders of Physics; 4:00 pm; 2103 Chamberlin

   Monday, February 20th
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 11:00 am; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
High-Energy Astrophysics with the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Experiment, John Pretz, Los Alamos National Lab

Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:00 pm; 2241 Chamberlin
Impulsive Fast Reconnection via Flux Rope Dynamics, Hantao Ji, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Topology of Quantum Discord, Nga Nguyen, UW-Madison

   Tuesday, February 21st
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Evolution of intelligence, David Krakauer, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301); 1:20 pm; 2223 Chamberlin
Square Monolayer Lattices, Louis Bruch, University of Wisconsin Department of Physics

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
W+jj: collider physics on the wild frontier, Adam Martin, Fermilab

   Wednesday, February 22nd
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, February 23rd
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Seeing and Sculpting Nematic Liquid Crystal Textures with the Thom construction, Bryan Chen, University of Pennsylvania

Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:00 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Studying Fast Magnetic Reconnection with Laboratory Plasmas, William Fox, University of New Hampshire

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
"Star Formation, gas loss, and the molecular gas in simulations of evolving galaxies", Charlotte Christensen, University of Arizona

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 4:00 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
The Pierre Auger Observatory: the highest energy frontier, Ines Valino Rielo, University of Santiago de Compostela

   Friday, February 24th
Special NOON Astronomy Talk; 12:00 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
The early Evolution of the Milky Way Satellite Galaxies, Professor Gerhard Hensler, Institute of Astronomy, University of Vienna

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 2:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Title to be announced, JiJi Fan, Princeton University

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
FT-IR spectrochemical imaging: Design and applications with Focal Plane Array and multiple beam synchrotron radiation source, Carol Hirschmugl, UW-Milwaukee
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2012/02/24.html

   Monday, February 27th
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 11:00 am; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Neutrino Oscillation Physics at the South Pole, David Jason Koskinen, Penn State

   Tuesday, February 28th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Dreaming and language evolution, Art Schmaltz, Prairie State College

"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301); 1:20 pm; 2223 Chamberlin
High Energy Neutrinos with Ice Cube, Albrecht Karle, University of Wisconsin Department of Physics

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Title to be announced, Yang Bai, SLAC

   Wednesday, February 29th
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 11:00 am; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Tests of Lorentz Invariance with Neutrinos, Teppei Katori, MIT

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