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Events on Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Wisconsin Quantum Institute
Chicago Quantum Summit
Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Various, see website and agenda
Abstract: We are pleased to invite you to this year’s Chicago Quantum Summit, a virtual event that will be held November 11 – 13, 2020. The Summit will capitalize on the current momentum of quantum efforts across the Chicago Quantum Exchange and the US. The three-day program of half-day sessions will include industry and government presentations on the future of quantum information science and technology, discussions with leaders from the recently announced national quantum research centers funded by DOE and NSF, and dialogue to grow the quantum economic ecosystem.

Due to the virtual format, we anticipate that this Summit will convene a broad audience of more than 1,000 participants, including professional and student representatives from quantum programs across the country spanning universities, national labs, companies, and government agencies. We look forward to your participation in the 2020 Chicago Quantum Summit.

See for full info.
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Cosmology Journal Club
Time: 12:00 pm
Abstract: Cosmology Journal Club is back! We will be having virtual meetings this semester.

Each week, we start with a couple scheduled 15 minute talks about one's research, or an arXiv paper. The last 30 minutes will typically be open to the group for anyone to discuss an arXiv paper.

All are welcome and all fields of cosmology are appropriate.

Contact Ross Cawthon, cawthon@wisc, for more information.
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Astronomy Colloquium
"Understanding Planetary Evolution with Eclipsing Disks & Transiting Planets"
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: Zoom meeting(see Abstract ) Coffee and tea 3:30pm, Talk 3:45 PM
Speaker: Joey Rodriguez,, Harvard CfA, Michigan State 1/2021
The success of ground-based transit and RV surveys, and the Kepler/K2 and TESS missions, have shifted the exoplanet field from pure discovery to a combination of discovery, demographic analysis, and detailed characterization, especially for exoplanet atmospheres. Unfortunately, most known transiting exoplanet hosts are too faint to permit detailed characterization. We are using data from the TESS, Kepler/K2, and ground-based transit surveys to find keystone planetary systems around bright stars that can help address specific questions about planet formation and evolution. We are also studying the birthplaces of planets by searching for occultations of newly formed stars by their protoplanetary disks with our Disk Eclipse Search with KELT (DESK) survey. These systems provide insight into the conditions required for planet formation. I will describe our recent results from both projects and discuss how we will study these types of objects in future surveys such as LSST.
Zoom URL:
Host: Assistant Professor Andrew Vanderburg
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Wisconsin Quantum Institute
Fueling Discovery
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Visit to register and receive the link
Speaker: Mark Saffman and others
Abstract: Learn about the important, curiosity-driven research happening in UW–Madison’s College of Letters & Science (L&S), along with its life-changing impacts on our lives today and on future generations. By attending this online event — moderated by L&S dean Eric Wilcots — you’ll enrich your mind with flash talks from some of the UW’s top faculty members, who appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal earlier this year. Topics discussed at this program will include:

Storytelling that helps heal in the wake of disaster
Risk factors that may help demystify schizophrenia
A promising future in solving real-world problems with quantum computers
Host: WARF
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