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Events During the Week of June 16th through June 23rd, 2024

Sunday, June 16th, 2024

Academic Calendar
4-week summer session ends
Abstract: *Note: actual end time may vary.*
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Academic Calendar
3-week summer session ends
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Academic Calendar
Graduate School Summer 2024: Summer degree window period deadline for doctoral students
Time: 11:55 pm - 12:55 am
Abstract: CONTACT: 262-2433,
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Monday, June 17th, 2024

Academic Calendar
8-week summer session begins
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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

High Energy Seminar
New Directions in Particle Physics
Time: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Place: zoom, register at
Speaker: Tulika Bose, UW–Madison Physics
Abstract: Our immense universe began at the unimaginably tiny quantum scale, and to understand the formation of matter, physicists collide subatomic particles. The Large Hadron Collider has produced many discoveries, but it has limitations in the range of data it can capture. Dr. Tulika Bose, who has been prominently involved in the work of the LHC, says “We really should be looking at new physics at a much higher scale. We need to go beyond the kind of energies we’ll have at the HL-LHC.” In this presentation, she explains the accomplishments of the LHC, its limitations, and the next exciting plans under consideration in this research.

Host: GBH Forum Network and Science for the Public
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Wisconsin Quantum Institute
Quantum Coffee Hour
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: Rm.5294, Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please join us for the WQI Quantum Coffee today at 3PM in the Physics Faculty Lounge (Rm.5294 in Chamberlin Hall). This series, which takes place approximately every other Tuesday, aims to foster a casual and collaborative atmosphere where faculty, post-docs, students, and anyone with an interest in quantum information sciences can come together. There will be coffee and treats.
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Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Preliminary Exam
Computational Magnetohydrodynamics for Stellarators
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall;
Speaker: Sanket Patil, Physics PhD Graduate Student
Abstract: Stellarators, a type of magnetic confinement fusion device, may be able to sustain steady-state plasmas due to their favorable macro-stability properties. Positive results from optimized stellarator experiments and recent success in stellarator optimization have rejuvenated the interest in the concept. However, the feasibility of optimized plasma configurations is contingent on quiescent behavior on macro scales and may be assessed using computational nonlinear magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). Therefore, the NIMSTELL code has been developed to address the need to model non-ideal MHD in stellarators. In this talk, the progress made on the application of NIMSTELL to stellarators will be presented, including: (1) An interface with the DESC code to obtain 3D ideal MHD equilibria as initial conditions; (2) Preconditioner improvements for efficient stellarator calculations; and (3) Results from benchmarking and troubleshooting. Additionally, future steps towards completing experimentally relevant calculations and understanding the underlying physics will be discussed.
Host: Chris C. Hegna, Carl R. Sovinec
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Summer Recess
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: Bascom Hill outside Birge
Speaker: Sharon Kahn
Abstract: Come take a break and play from 12:30-1 on Bascom Hill (outside of Birge)! Some of us will be walking up, leaving from the courtyard between Chamberlin and Sterling ~12:25 – feel free to walk with us!

Cornhole, ladder toss, frisbee, juice boxes. . . .
Hope you’ll join us!
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Thursday, June 20th, 2024

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Friday, June 21st, 2024

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