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Events on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Council Meeting
Council meeting
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 2314 Chamberlin hall
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Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
The future of nuclear energy in a carbon constrained world
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Mike Corradini, UW Department of Engineering Physics
Abstract: A study is underway sponsored by the Sloan Foundation investigating the future of nuclear energy. The main goal of the study is to evaluate the prospects for innovative nuclear technologies, policy and business models, and regulatory governance mechanisms to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon global energy system in the United States and around the world. The study investigates time periods from the present thru 2050, and the talk will review the major questions being addressed with a special focus on the opportunities presented by considering advanced nuclear technologies to displace fossil fuels.
Host: Clint Sprott
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"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301)
Puzzles in Particle Physics
Time: 1:20 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Yang Bai, UW Madison Department of Physics
Host: Wesley Smith
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter with Supersymmetry
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin
Speaker: Bibhushan Shakya, University of Cincinnati/University of Michigan
Abstract: Sterile neutrino dark matter, which remains a popular alternative to the WIMP paradigm, has generally been studied in non-supersymmetric setups. In this talk, we investigate dark matter properties of the sterile neutrino within an underlying theory that is supersymmetric, which demonstrates several interesting and novel features such as multiple populations from multiple production mechanisms and significant contributions to the effective number of relativistic degrees of freedom. We will also discuss how dark matter considerations can shed light on the nature of the underlying theory.
Presentation: Wisconsin seminar.pdf
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