Events at Physics
Events on Friday, September 16th, 2011
- 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: This week we'll discuss...
Results from 730 kg days of the CRESST-II Dark Matter Search
Intensity Mapping with Carbon Monoxide Emission Lines and the Redshifted 21 cm Line
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 (email@example.com).
- Host: Peter Timbie
- Physics Department Colloquium
- The Quantum and Fluid Mechanics of Global Warming
- Time: 3:30 pm
- Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
- Speaker: Brad Marston, Brown University
- Abstract: Quantum mechanics plays a crucial, albeit often overlooked, role in our understanding of the Earth's climate. In this talk three well known aspects of quantum mechanics are invoked to present a simple physical picture of what will happen as the concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide continue to increase. Historical and paleoclimatic records are interpreted with some basic astronomy, fluid mechanics, and the use of fundamental laws of physics such as the conservation of angular momentum. Live simulations will illustrate the basic physical principles governing large scale atmospheric circulation. I conclude by discussing some possible ways that physics might be able to contribute to a deeper understanding of climate change.
See Physics Trends, "Looking for new problems to solve? Consider the climate" at http://physics.aps.org/articles/v4/20
- Host: Chubukov