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Events on Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Cosmology Journal Club
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
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 Ross Cawthon ( and Santanu Das (
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CANCELLED: Making space telescopes happen
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: CANCELLED Supernova Conference Room (5117),WIPAC offices at 222 West Washington Ave., Suite 500
Speaker: Max Mutchler
Abstract: The era of big space telescopes has led to unique institutional arrangements, data access, workforce needs, and public engagement which are redefining how astronomy is done, and who does it. This evolution is broadening ideas of what a career in astronomy can consist of, with largely untapped potential to make the field more welcoming and inclusive of historically under-represented demographics. This talk will describe activities and innovations at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), which manages the science programs for three of NASA's flagship astronomy missions (Hubble, Webb, and WFIRST) -- and which has deep roots at UW-Madison.
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R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Quantum combinatorial optimization algorithms
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Dr. Yuri Alexeev, Argonne Argonne National Laboratory
Abstract: Quantum computing is a promising area of science, but after 20+ years of tremendous research efforts and enormous investments large scale, general purpose, universal quantum computers capable of solving realistic problems are not yet available. However, small scale universal quantum computers and "quantum annealers" capable of tackling certain classical optimization problems are now available with limited access. In this talk, I will present our recent advances in the development of quantum combinatorial optimization algorithms like QAOA. I will also overview the state of quantum computing in Argonne National Laboratory.
Host: Saffman
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