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Events on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Faculty Candidate Seminar
The non-thermal Universe
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Markus Ahlers, UW - Madison
Abstract: One of the most puzzling observations of modern astronomy is the existence of very high-energetic messengers in the form of cosmic rays, gamma-rays and cosmic neutrinos. These phenomena are related to non-thermal processes in the Universe which in most cases are barely understood. The multi-messenger observations contain not only information about particle production processes in the sources but also the cosmic evolution of source populations and various propagation effects in extragalactic and Galactic environments. I will highlight how recent observations in cosmic ray, gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy provide new clues or support existing models of the underlying physics of high-energy phenomena in the Universe.
Host: Dasu
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Public event
Particle Fever screening
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Marquee Theater, Union South
Speaker: Sridhara Dasu & Wesley Smith, UW–Madison
Abstract:

On Wednesday, January 21, a special edition of Wednesday Nite @ the Lab will feature a screening of Particle Fever at the Marquee Theater in Union South, UW–Madison.  The film follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind the tale of this epic experiment.

UW physics professors that had key roles in the Higgs discovery will give an introduction to the film. The screening is presented by the Physics Department, Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, and WUD Film.

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