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January

| Event Location: Zoom link in description | Speaker: Jörg Schmalian, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Add to Calendar 2021-01-28T10:00:00 2021-01-28T11:00:00 CM Seminar - Z3-vestigial nematic order due to superconducting fluctuations in the doped topological insulator https://ubc.zoom.us/j/64183011430?pwd=U2lFNXEwSmlBRWVBdTR5OG1ZdlVSZz09 Meeting ID: 641 8301 1430Passcode: 113399 Event Location: Zoom link in description

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Alexandre Blais (Sherbrooke)

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By exploiting effects such as quantum superpositions and entanglement, quantum computers could solve problems that are intractable on standard, classical, computers. While building a full-scale quantum computer capable of rivalling today's supercomputers remains a challenge, the last few years have seen tremendous improvements in our ability to build small superconducting quantum processors and run simple algorithms on these processors. In this talk, I will review some of the basic concepts that could allow quantum computers to outperform their classical counterparts.

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Add to Calendar 2021-01-28T16:00:00 2021-01-28T17:00:00 Towards Quantum Computation With Superconducting Circuits By exploiting effects such as quantum superpositions and entanglement, quantum computers could solve problems that are intractable on standard, classical, computers. While building a full-scale quantum computer capable of rivalling today's supercomputers remains a challenge, the last few years have seen tremendous improvements in our ability to build small superconducting quantum processors and run simple algorithms on these processors. In this talk, I will review some of the basic concepts that could allow quantum computers to outperform their classical counterparts. Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: via Zoom | Speaker: ANNA HUGHES

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Add to Calendar 2021-01-29T13:00:00 2021-01-29T15:00:00 Departmental Doctoral Oral Examination (Thesis Title: “The Space Weather of Ultracool Dwarfs”) Abstract: Event Location: via Zoom

February

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/62870796359?pwd=SkNWNnB4SW5mOWpEUUxCVE1pcWorUT09 Passcode: 581018 | Speaker: Ella Lachman

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Quantum materials are rapidly emerging as the basis for possible novel computation devices. However,
fully understanding the interplay between magnetic and electronic excitations are preventing us from
realizing their full potential. In my talk I will show how realizing the microscopic magnetic textures in
quantum materials is crucial to the understanding of transport phenomena on the macro scale.
I will demonstrate this with two examples from two different types of materials. First, I will show how

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-01T12:00:00 2021-02-01T13:00:00 Magnetic Textures in Quantum Materials: from Topology to Magnonics Quantum materials are rapidly emerging as the basis for possible novel computation devices. However, fully understanding the interplay between magnetic and electronic excitations are preventing us from realizing their full potential. In my talk I will show how realizing the microscopic magnetic textures in quantum materials is crucial to the understanding of transport phenomena on the macro scale. I will demonstrate this with two examples from two different types of materials. First, I will show how Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/62870796359?pwd=SkNWNnB4SW5mOWpEUUxCVE1pcWorUT09 Passcode: 581018

February

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Steven Vance (JPL)

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This lecture will describe recent research evaluating the magnetic induction characteristics of model Europa oceans (Vance et al. 2020). I will highlight how this work relates to efforts to understand the habitability of Europa and other icy ocean worlds. I will also provide an overview of NASA's planned Europa Clipper mission, set to conduct multiple flybys of Europa toward the end of the decade.

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-01T15:00:00 2021-02-01T16:00:00 Europa’s Potentially Habitable Interior: Layered and Asymmetric Magnetic Induction This lecture will describe recent research evaluating the magnetic induction characteristics of model Europa oceans (Vance et al. 2020). I will highlight how this work relates to efforts to understand the habitability of Europa and other icy ocean worlds. I will also provide an overview of NASA's planned Europa Clipper mission, set to conduct multiple flybys of Europa toward the end of the decade. Event Location: Connect via zoom

February

| Event Location: Connect via Zoom | Speaker: Maximiliano Isi, MIT

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The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors carried out the first half of their third observing run from April through October, 2019. During this period, they collected 39 new detections of compact binary coalescences, which were compiled in the second LIGO-Virgo catalog (GWTC-2).

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-03T11:00:00 2021-02-03T12:00:00 Testing General Relativity with the Second LIGO-Virgo Catalog The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors carried out the first half of their third observing run from April through October, 2019. During this period, they collected 39 new detections of compact binary coalescences, which were compiled in the second LIGO-Virgo catalog (GWTC-2). Event Location: Connect via Zoom

February

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Noemie Globus (ELI Beamlines / Flatiron Institute) and Roger D Blandford (Stanford University/KIPAC)

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Understanding the origin of life surely qualifies as one of the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. While we have not yet reached a consensus on the definition of life, biological homochirality seems to be part of the definition as a necessary step for life's emergence. The unraveling of its origin require interdisciplinary research, by exploring each of fundamental physics, modern chemistry, astrophysics and biology. In this talk, We will focus on the origin of biological homochirality in the context of astrophysics and particle physics.

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-04T16:00:00 2021-02-04T17:00:00 The Chiral Puzzle of Life Understanding the origin of life surely qualifies as one of the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. While we have not yet reached a consensus on the definition of life, biological homochirality seems to be part of the definition as a necessary step for life's emergence. The unraveling of its origin require interdisciplinary research, by exploring each of fundamental physics, modern chemistry, astrophysics and biology. In this talk, We will focus on the origin of biological homochirality in the context of astrophysics and particle physics. Event Location: Connect via zoom

February

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Qianjun Hang (Edinburgh)

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Large-scale structures (LSS) can leave various imprints on the cosmic microwave background(CMB). Two main features come from the spatial and temporal perturbations of the CMB photon trajectory due to LSS: weak lensing and the integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect. I will give a summary of our paper "Galaxy clustering in Legacy Survey and its imprint on the CMB" (arXiv: 2010.00466), where we use the DESI Legacy Imaging Survey to extract cosmological information from the above effects in the redshift range 0<z<0.8.

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-08T15:00:00 2021-02-08T16:00:00 A lower density universe? - Measuring imprints of large scale structure on the CMB Large-scale structures (LSS) can leave various imprints on the cosmic microwave background(CMB). Two main features come from the spatial and temporal perturbations of the CMB photon trajectory due to LSS: weak lensing and the integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect. I will give a summary of our paper "Galaxy clustering in Legacy Survey and its imprint on the CMB" (arXiv: 2010.00466), where we use the DESI Legacy Imaging Survey to extract cosmological information from the above effects in the redshift range 0&lt;z&lt;0.8. Event Location: Connect via zoom

February

| Event Location: Connect via Zoom | Speaker: Djuna Croon, TRIUMF

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In this talk I will demonstrate the potential of the black hole mass gap to probe new physics. The mass gap, in which no black holes can be formed, is a standard prediction of stellar structure theory.

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-10T11:00:00 2021-02-10T12:00:00 New physics and the black hole mass gap In this talk I will demonstrate the potential of the black hole mass gap to probe new physics. The mass gap, in which no black holes can be formed, is a standard prediction of stellar structure theory. Event Location: Connect via Zoom