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Events on Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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 Amol Upadhye (
Host: Amol Upadhye
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
MicroBooNE: Unlocking the Secrets of the Neutrino with Liquid Argon Detector Technology
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Matt Toups, MIT
Abstract: In the last several decades neutrino oscillation experiments have given us a consistent picture of neutrino mass and mixing among three neutrino flavors. However, a series of longstanding and more recent anomalies hint at the existence of additional “sterile” neutrino flavors and complicates this simple picture. In order to improve on previous short baseline sterile neutrino searches, new detector technologies are required. Liquid Argon time projection chambers (LArTPCs) promise to have the sensitivity needed by current and next generation neutrino oscillation experiments looking for the appearance of electron-flavor neutrinos in a predominantly muon-flavored accelerator-based neutrino beam. MicroBooNE is the first of three LArTPC detectors planned for the newly re-established Short Baseline Neutrino program at Fermilab built to address the sterile neutrino hypothesis and to develop the technologies and expertise necessary to deploy a kiloton-scale LArTPC for future long baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. First data from the MicroBooNE experiment will be presented along with future prospects for LArTPC technology in the US.
Host: Baha Balantekin
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Astronomy Colloquium
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory: The next Generation ground based Optical/infra-Red Observatory"
Time: 3:45 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall, Coffee and cookies served 3:30 PM
Speaker: Warren Skidmore, Thirty Meter Telecope Observatory
Abstract: After a construction status update, I will describe how the telescope design was developed to support a broad range of observing capabilitities and how the observatory is being engineered. I'll discuss some of the observational capabilities that the Thirty Meter Telescope will provide and some of the areas of study that will benefit from the TMT's capabilities, specifically synergistic areas with new and future proposed astronomical facilities. Finally I will describe the avenues through which astronomers can have some input in the planning of the project and potential NSF partnership, prioritizing the development of 2nd generation instruments and directing the scientific aims for the observatory.
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