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Events During the Week of December 7th through December 14th, 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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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Council Meeting
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2314 Chamberlin (Chair's Conference Room)
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
Chasing fast dynamos in the Plasma Lab
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Cary Forest, UW Department of Physics
Abstract: The Madison Plasma Dynamo eXperiment is now exploring a hitherto unexplored part of parameter space where dynamos operate in nature. Dynamos are systems which continuously transform kinetic energy from plasma flow into magnetic energy. Discovering the conditions under which dynamos self-generate magnetic fields and then understanding how this field changes plasma dynamics is one of the most compelling questions in all of plasma astrophysics. In plasma astrophysics, the most important issue to be resolved is the fast large scale dynamo problem, namely "How does a highly conducting turbulent plasma self-generate magnetic energy at small-scales that ultimately self-organizes into large scale field?" MPDX has the potential to study dynamos, including fast dynamos, and related processes experimentally. I'll explain what this is and how we can make this happen in my talk.
Host: Clint Sprott
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Title to be announced
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Jessie Shelton
Host: Ran Lu
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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Dr. Vincenzo Lordi, Lawrence Livermore Lab
Abstract: TBD
Host: McDermott
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Gravitational Waves from Inflation: B-modes and Planck
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: 4272 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Ben Wandelt, Institut Astrophysique de Paris
Host: Peter Timbie
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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Physics Department Colloquium
Holiday Colloquium
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: TBD
Speaker: TBD, University of Wisconsin
Host: TBD
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