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Events During the Week of May 4th through May 11th, 2014

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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 (lzhang263@wisc.edu)
Host: Peter Timbie
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Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
HIT-SI Results
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin
Speaker: Brian Nelson, University of Washington, Seattle
Host: Cary Forest
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Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Artem Abanov, TAMU
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301)
First Light with HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory
Time: 1:20 pm
Place: 2223 Chamberlin
Speaker: Stefan Westerhoff, UW Madison Department of Physics
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Title to be announced
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: David Curtin, Stony Brook University
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Title to be announced
Time: 10:00 am
Speaker: Peter Wolfle
Host: Perkins
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Astronomy Colloquium
The Disks of the Milky Way Galaxy
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Rosemary Wyse, The John Hopkins University
Abstract: I will discuss our current understanding of the disk(s) of the Milky Way. The vertical structure of stellar disks is determined by the relative importances of diverse physical processes, including gaseous dissipation prior to star formation, subsequent gas accretion into the disk, heating mechanisms such as interactions with transient spirals, and the mass ratios and gas content of merging systems. The radial structure reflects star-formation rates, angular momentum (re)distribution and interactions within the disk. The kinematic, chemical and age distributions of the stellar populations of present-day disks, as a function of scale-height and scale-length, provide further constraints on disk evolution. Decomposition of disks into distinct spatial components -- such as thin and thick -- is most meaningful when the spatial decomposition is accompanied by distinct stellar populations and/or different physical processes determining their properties. The most detailed information is available for stars in the Milky Way galaxy and I will demonstrate this decomposition based on recent results for the Milky Way disks.
Host: Prof John Gallagher
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Friday, May 9th, 2014

Physics Department Colloquium
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Speaker: Dan Dessau, University of Colorado-Boulder
Host: Department of Physics
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