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Events on Thursday, November 14th, 2019

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Benchmarking near-term quantum information processors
Time: 11:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Kenny Rudinger, Sandia National Laboratory
Host: Joynt
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Truth or Dare?
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Ken Bloom, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Abstract: Topics in top-higgs physics and computing for high energy physics
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Astronomy Colloquium
"Why Galaxies are Pickle-Shaped - An historical introduction to Dark Matter and Galaxy formation
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall, Coffee and cookies 3:30 PM, Talk begins 3:45 PM
Speaker: Joel Primack, UC Santa Cruz
Abstract: According to modern cosmology, invisible dark matter and dark energy drive the evolution of the universe – and astrophysicists are still working out the implications. Newton’s laws explained why planetary orbits are elliptical, but not why the planetary orbits in the solar system are nearly circular, in the same plane, and in the same direction as the sun rotates. Laplace explained this as a consequence of angular momentum conservation as the sun and planets formed in a cooling and contracting protoplanetary gas cloud. For similar reasons, many astronomers once thought that galaxies would start as disks. But Hubble Space Telescope images of forming galaxies instead show that most of them are prolate – that is, pickle-shaped. This turns out to be a consequence of most galaxies forming in prolate dark matter halos oriented along massive dark matter filaments. This colloquium will include background on the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics to Jim Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” [1] and the 2020 Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society to Joel Primack “for seminal contributions to our understanding of the formation of structure in the universe, and for communicating to the public the extraordinary progress in our understanding of cosmology” [2].
[2] (See also Primack’s popular article
Host: Professor Tremonti and Professor Bershady
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Employer Visit
Honeywell Info Session & Career Opportunities
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Honeywell
Abstract: Multiple UW Physics alumni currently work at Honeywell and representatives from Honeywell will be here on campus to meet with current graduate students. They will be speaking about Cryogenic Sciences and the many internship and full time employment opportunities. If you currently on the job market, feel free to bring your resume with you to the session. Dinner will be provided. Come and learn about working at Honeywell!
Host: Michelle Holland
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