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Events on Thursday, October 8th, 2015

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Kurt Jacobs , Army Research Lab
Abstract: TBD
Host: Saffman
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R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Quantum Control and Quantum Networks
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Chamberlin 5310
Speaker: Kurt Jacobs, Army Research Lab
Abstract: I will give an overview of topics that our group at ARL is interested in,
and then describe some recent work on the application of numerical search
methods to quantum information transfer in linear networks.
Host: Saffman
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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 (
Host: Peter Timbie
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Astronomy Colloquium
Stellar Forensics with Explosions: Supernovae, Gamma-Ray Bursts, and their Environments
Time: 3:45 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Maryam Modjaz, New York University
Nature's two magnificent explosions, long-duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and stripped-envelope supernovae (SNe), are both products of collapsing massive stars. Yet, over the last 15 years, we have not determined the detailed make-up of the stellar progenitors of each kind of explosion, nor the conditions that lead to each kind of explosion in massive stripped stars. While long-duration GRBs emit relativistic jets of high-energy radiation, stripped SNe are core-collapse explosions whose massive progenitors have been stripped of their outer hydrogen and helium envelopes.

I will present a number of comprehensive observational studies that probe the progenitor environments, their metallicities and the explosion parameters of SNe with and without GRBs, as well as those of normal Stripped SNe, with the goal of constraining their progenitor systems and explosions mechanisms. I will conclude with an outlook on how the most promising venues of research - using the many existing and upcoming innovative surveys such as the Palomar Transient Factory and LSST - have shed new light on the diverse deaths of massive stars, and will continue to do so.
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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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