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Events During the Week of November 28th through December 4th, 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
Electric Fields in Quasi-Symmetric and Quasi-Isodynamic Stellarators
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 2535 Engineering Hall
Speaker: Matt Landreman, MIT Plasma Science & Fusion Center
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Plasma Theory Seminar
A Pedestal Structure Model
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 514 ERB
Speaker: James D. Callen, UW-Madison Dept of Engineering Physics
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

No events scheduled

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Astronomy Colloquium
Explanetary Systems-What do they teach about the Solar System?
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: George Rieke, University of Arizona
Abstract: When we set out seriously to search for other planetary systems nearly two decades ago, it seemed obvious that they would be analogs to the Solar System. Some could possibly be abodes for life, and therefore would illuminate our past and future. Now we know of more than 500 exoplanets, but they represent an evolutionary end point completely foreign to us and perhaps in most cases hostile to the development of sophisticated life. Is this a selection effect, resulting from the bias of our two most successful search techniques toward massive planets close to their stars? A third approach, study of planetary debris disks, brings a countervailing bias toward planetesimal systems on large orbits. It has been equally successful with more than 300 systems known. They are marked by evidence for planetesimal belts analogous to the Kuiper Belt and in some cases the asteroid belt. Their resemblance to the Solar System lets us study them to constrain our models of how our system formed and evolved; they are also signposts for the detection of massive planets on orbits far from their stars. I will describe the current knowledge of debris systems, outlining evidence for: 1.) a general decay of planet-building activity similar to that deduced for the Solar System; 2.) occasional large collisions analogous at least in destructive power to the one that led to the formation of our moon; 3.) the behavior of planetesimals near the ice line, the possible sources of volatile gases on Earth; and 4.) similarities and differences of the outer planetesimal zones in other systems to our Kuiper Belt.
Host: Astro Dept
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
New Physics in B_s mixing: Uplifted SUSY
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin
Speaker: Adam Martin, Fermilab
Abstract: The anomalous dimuon charge asymmetry reported by the D0
Collaboration may be due to the tree-level exchange of some spin-0
particles that mediate CP violation in B_s-ar{B}_s meson mixing. In
this talk I will introduce the D0 result and show that the range of
couplings and masses necessary to generate a large charge asymmetry is
natural in a variation of the MSSM known as "uplifted supersymmetry".
Host: Andreas Ross
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Graduate Introductory Seminar
Condensed Matter Experimental
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Place: 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Eriksson, Himpsel, Lagally, McDermott, Onellion, Rzchowski, Winokur
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Friday, December 3rd, 2010

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Joint with Pheno
String moduli phenomenology, cosmological history, and dark matter
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Gordy Kane, U. Michigan
Abstract: In this talk I argue that compactified string theories with broken supersymmetry and with stabilized moduli generically have one or more moduli with masses of order the gravitino mass or less. Then cosmological constraints imply the gravitino and moduli masses are of order 30 TeV or heavier, which implies the universe has a non-thermal cosmological history. This in turn suggests that the LSP is wino-like, predicting in particular a signal for galactic positrons and antiprotons consistent with that seen by the PAMELA satellite, and interesting LHC signals. Although the above results hold very generally in string theories, we were led to them from our earlier compactification of M-theory on a G2 manifold, so I will begin the talk with a review of the G2 results.
Host: Michael Ramsey-Musolf
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Physics Department Colloquium
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 3:30 pm)
Speaker: Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University
Abstract: Canceled
Host: Saffman
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