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Events During the Week of October 5th through October 12th, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
Chaotic coordinates for the Large Helical Device
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 2535 Engineering Hall
Speaker: Stuart Hudson, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Abstract: <br>
The study of dynamical systems is facilitated by a coordinate framework with coordinate surfaces that coincide with invariant structures of the dynamical flow. For integrable (e.g. axisymmetric) systems, a continuous family of invariant surfaces is guaranteed and action-angle (straight-fieldline) coordinates may be constructed. For non-integrable systems, e.g. stellarators and perturbed tokamaks, this continuous family is broken. Nevertheless,action-angle-like coordinates can still be constructed that simplify the description of the dynamics, where
possible. The Poincare-Birkhoff theorem, the Aubry-Mather theorem, and the KAM theorem show that there are important structures that are invariant under the perturbed dynamics; namely the periodic orbits, the cantori,and the irrational flux surfaces. Coordinates adapted to these invariant sets, which we call chaotic coordinates,provide substantial advantages. The regular motion becomes straight, and the irregular motion is bounded by, and dissected by, coordinate surfaces that coincide with surfaces of locally-minimal magnetic-fieldline flux. Chaotic coordinates are based on almost-invariant surfaces. The theory of quadratic-flux-minimizing (QFM)surfaces is reviewed, and the numerical techniques that allow high-order QFM surfaces to be
constructed for chaotic magnetic fields of experimental relevance are described. As a practical example, the chaotic edge of the
magnetic field as calculated by HINT2 code in the Large Helical Device (LHD) is examined. The theoretical and numerical techniques for finding the boundary surface are implemented, and a coordinate system based on a selection of QFM surfaces is constructed that simplifies the description of the magnetic field; so that, to a good approximation, the flux surfaces (including the last closed flux surface) become straight and the islands become ‘square’.
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Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:15 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 (lzhang263@wisc.edu)
Host: Peter Timbie
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Title to be announced
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Jared Evans
Host: Ran Lu
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Title to be announced
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Mel Ulmer, Northwestern
Abstract: TBA
Host: Dan McCammon
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Astronomy Colloquium
"Puzzles in the Structure of Disk Galaxies"
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Stephane Courteau, Queen's University
Abstract: Galaxies can be described in terms of their structure, dynamics<br>
and stellar populations. Some very robust correlations between<br>
various galaxy structural properties, such as total luminosity,<br>
maximum circular velocity, and size show rather small scatter,<br>
hinting at well-regulated galaxy formation processes. A major<br>
challenge to understanding these scaling relations, and ultimately<br>
galaxy formation and evolution, is the elusive interplay between<br>
visible and dark matter. I will discuss the latest derivations<br>
of galaxy scaling relations and their link with modern<br>
cosmological models.
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Graduate Introductory Seminar
Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Lawler, Lin, Saffman, Walker, Yavuz
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Friday, October 10th, 2014

Physics Department Colloquium
Title to be announced
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Speaker: Jenny Thomas, Imperial College London
Abstract: TBA
Host: Karle
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