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February

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Brian Lenardo

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The discovery that neutrinos have nonzero, but inexplicably small, masses hints that these particles may hold the key to unlocking physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM). In this talk, I will discuss the search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ), a proposed form of radioactive decay that, if observed, would immediately demonstrate BSM physics.

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-14T12:00:00 2022-02-14T13:00:00 nEXO and the future of neutrinoless double beta decay The discovery that neutrinos have nonzero, but inexplicably small, masses hints that these particles may hold the key to unlocking physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM). In this talk, I will discuss the search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ), a proposed form of radioactive decay that, if observed, would immediately demonstrate BSM physics. Event Location: Zoom

February

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Latham Boyle (Perimeter Institute)

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After reviewing some key hints and puzzles from the early universe, I will introduce recent work with Neil Turok suggesting a rigid and predictive new approach to addressing them.

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-10T16:00:00 2022-02-10T17:00:00 A new picture of the Cosmos: A two-sheeted, CPT-symmetric universe After reviewing some key hints and puzzles from the early universe, I will introduce recent work with Neil Turok suggesting a rigid and predictive new approach to addressing them. Event Location: Connect via zoom

February

| Event Location: Zoom link in description | Speaker: Christian Schneider, Institute of Physics, University of Oldenburg

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-10T10:00:00 2022-02-10T11:00:00 Christian Schneider: Exciton-Polaritons and their condensates in microcavities loaded with atomically thin crystals https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68470173961?pwd=RTZEak9Pd01WajVOZHN5SW5YZHcyQT09 Meeting ID: 684 7017 3961 Passcode: 113399 Event Location: Zoom link in description

February

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Emmanuel Schaan

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Upcoming large-scale structure (LSS) and cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiments offer a unique opportunity to turn the Universe into a particle physics laboratory and determine the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and the masses of the neutrinos. I will present innovative methods to jointly analyze these datasets and unleash their full constraining power.

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-09T12:00:00 2022-02-09T13:00:00 Backlighting the large-scale structure with the cosmic microwave background Upcoming large-scale structure (LSS) and cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiments offer a unique opportunity to turn the Universe into a particle physics laboratory and determine the nature of dark matter, dark energy, and the masses of the neutrinos. I will present innovative methods to jointly analyze these datasets and unleash their full constraining power. Event Location: Zoom

February

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Wynn Jacobson-Galan (UC Berkeley)

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We present multi-wavelength observations of supernova (SN) 2020tlf, the first normal type II-P/L SN with confirmed precursor emission, as detected by the Young Supernova Experiment (YSE) transient survey. Soon after discovery, "flash" spectroscopy of SN 2020tlf with Keck LRIS revealed prominent narrow emission lines from shock-ionized circumstellar material (CSM) shedded in progenitor mass-loss episodes in the final months before explosion. Following classification, SN 2020tlf was observed in a thorough multi-wavelength follow-up campaign (x-ray to radio) out to 300 days after explosion.

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-07T15:00:00 2022-02-07T16:00:00 Watching a Star Explode with the Young Supernova Experiment We present multi-wavelength observations of supernova (SN) 2020tlf, the first normal type II-P/L SN with confirmed precursor emission, as detected by the Young Supernova Experiment (YSE) transient survey. Soon after discovery, "flash" spectroscopy of SN 2020tlf with Keck LRIS revealed prominent narrow emission lines from shock-ionized circumstellar material (CSM) shedded in progenitor mass-loss episodes in the final months before explosion. Following classification, SN 2020tlf was observed in a thorough multi-wavelength follow-up campaign (x-ray to radio) out to 300 days after explosion. Event Location: Connect via zoom

February

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Andrew Pelling (U Ottawa)

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Abstract: The Pelling Lab for Augmented Biology is a highly interdisciplinary research group in which there is a seamless flow between fundamental biophysics, custom instrumentation, material science, bioengineering, tissue engineering, in vivo animal trials and commercialization. In this talk, I will speak broadly about our efforts in developing an understanding of the intimate relationship between Physics and Biology.

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-03T16:00:00 2022-02-03T17:00:00 Messy, Soft and Squishy: The Complex Biophysics and Mechanobiology of Living Cellular Systems Abstract: The Pelling Lab for Augmented Biology is a highly interdisciplinary research group in which there is a seamless flow between fundamental biophysics, custom instrumentation, material science, bioengineering, tissue engineering, in vivo animal trials and commercialization. In this talk, I will speak broadly about our efforts in developing an understanding of the intimate relationship between Physics and Biology. Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Adrian Liu (McGill)

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The eras of Cosmic Dawn (when first-generation stars were formed) and reionization (when first-generation galaxies systematically ionized our Universe) are rather mysterious epochs in our cosmic timeline. New radio interferometers promise to change this by mapping out spatial fluctuations of neutral hydrogen at high redshifts via the 21cm line. In this talk, I will discuss recent upper limits on the high-redshift 21cm signal set by the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA).

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-31T15:00:00 2022-01-31T16:00:00 First Constraints on Reionization from HERA The eras of Cosmic Dawn (when first-generation stars were formed) and reionization (when first-generation galaxies systematically ionized our Universe) are rather mysterious epochs in our cosmic timeline. New radio interferometers promise to change this by mapping out spatial fluctuations of neutral hydrogen at high redshifts via the 21cm line. In this talk, I will discuss recent upper limits on the high-redshift 21cm signal set by the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA). Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/4072923844?pwd=UCt2K0pOM2JUVllKckZMZXpjckpQZz09 | Speaker: Nicolas Savard(PHAS PhD student)

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-28T15:00:00 2022-01-28T17:30:00 Development and characterization of a Penning ion source using helium Penning ion sources are an old technology t Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/4072923844?pwd=UCt2K0pOM2JUVllKckZMZXpjckpQZz09

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Don Morton (Researcher Emeritus, Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics)

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Donald Morton is former Director-General of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics 

This presentation will provide a broad overview of some of the central issues relating to global climate change and the related uncertainties, including greenhouse gases, temperature anomaly, climate models, future projections, solar irradiance, sunspot cycle, cosmic rays, historic warm and cold intervals, sea level rise and extreme meteorological events.

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-27T16:00:00 2022-01-27T17:00:00 An Astronomer’s View of Climate Change Donald Morton is former Director-General of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics  This presentation will provide a broad overview of some of the central issues relating to global climate change and the related uncertainties, including greenhouse gases, temperature anomaly, climate models, future projections, solar irradiance, sunspot cycle, cosmic rays, historic warm and cold intervals, sea level rise and extreme meteorological events. Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Jennifer Cano, Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University

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Speaker: Jennifer Cano, Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University
Title: Higher magic angles in twisted bilayer graphene and topological twistronics

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-27T10:00:00 2022-01-27T11:00:00 Jennifer Cano: Higher magic angles in twisted bilayer graphene and topological twistronics https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68470173961?pwd=RTZEak9Pd01WajVOZHN5SW5YZHcyQT09 Meeting ID: 684 7017 3961 Passcode: 113399 Speaker: Jennifer Cano, Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University Title: Higher magic angles in twisted bilayer graphene and topological twistronics Event Location: Zoom

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Ilsa Cooke (UBC Chemistry)

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Less than a hundred years ago astronomers believed that molecules could not survive in the harsh environments found in interstellar space. However, advancements in radio astronomy in the last 50 years have enabled a boom in the detection of new molecules. Today, our picture of the molecular universe has expanded and around 250 molecules have been identified in the interstellar medium, including exotic and unstable species as well as many molecules that are also found on Earth.

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-24T15:00:00 2022-01-24T16:00:00 A Chemical Toolbox for Astronomers – What molecules can teach us about our universe Less than a hundred years ago astronomers believed that molecules could not survive in the harsh environments found in interstellar space. However, advancements in radio astronomy in the last 50 years have enabled a boom in the detection of new molecules. Today, our picture of the molecular universe has expanded and around 250 molecules have been identified in the interstellar medium, including exotic and unstable species as well as many molecules that are also found on Earth. Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68660391182?pwd=bXp3NXd4L0tWL0dHSmF4V0lBZW1NZz09 | Speaker: Ryley Hill, PhD student

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The Λ cold dark matter (ΛCDM) model accurately reproduces many notable observations of our Universe, such as the existence of galaxy clusters embedded in a cosmic web. However, there remain many open questions about the physics governing baryons on galaxy cluster scales that the ΛCDM model cannot address, such as how star-formation is triggered and quenched, and how feedback processes regulate structure growth.

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-21T13:00:00 2022-01-21T16:00:00 Star-forming protoclusters The Λ cold dark matter (ΛCDM) model accurately reproduces many notable observations of our Universe, such as the existence of galaxy clusters embedded in a cosmic web. However, there remain many open questions about the physics governing baryons on galaxy cluster scales that the ΛCDM model cannot address, such as how star-formation is triggered and quenched, and how feedback processes regulate structure growth. Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68660391182?pwd=bXp3NXd4L0tWL0dHSmF4V0lBZW1NZz09

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Steve Presse (ASU)

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In the Natural Sciences, physical models are often posited and the validity of the model is assessed by comparing model predictions to experimental realizations. Such forward modeling has had its role to play and is heavily showcased throughout Physics, where disparate observations were unified into predictive frameworks inspired by logic, symmetries and other fundamental considerations. Undoubtedly, the forward approach has been tremendously successful.

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-20T16:00:00 2022-01-20T17:00:00 A Subjective History of Physics: from Laplace to Dirichlet In the Natural Sciences, physical models are often posited and the validity of the model is assessed by comparing model predictions to experimental realizations. Such forward modeling has had its role to play and is heavily showcased throughout Physics, where disparate observations were unified into predictive frameworks inspired by logic, symmetries and other fundamental considerations. Undoubtedly, the forward approach has been tremendously successful. Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68470173961?pwd=RTZEak9Pd01WajVOZHN5SW5YZHcyQT09 Meeting ID: 684 7017 3961 Passcode: 113399 | Speaker: Christoph Renner, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Science at University of Geneva

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-20T10:00:00 2022-01-20T11:00:00 Christoph Renner: Electronic Vortex Core Structure of a d-Wave High Temperature Superconductor Abstract: Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68470173961?pwd=RTZEak9Pd01WajVOZHN5SW5YZHcyQT09 Meeting ID: 684 7017 3961 Passcode: 113399

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Darin Ragozzine (BYU)

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We currently know of 2000 small bodies in the outer solar system called Kuiper Belt or Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs). This population provides crucial information about the formation of the solar system. In particular, there is a sub-population that is an untouched relic of solar system formation, giving us nearly-direct insights into planet formation.

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-17T15:00:00 2022-01-17T16:00:00 Planet Formation through the Lens of the Outer Solar System We currently know of 2000 small bodies in the outer solar system called Kuiper Belt or Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs). This population provides crucial information about the formation of the solar system. In particular, there is a sub-population that is an untouched relic of solar system formation, giving us nearly-direct insights into planet formation. Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (U Manitoba)

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-13T16:00:00 2022-01-13T17:00:00 Greenland ice cores tell tales on past sea level contributions Event Location: Connect via zoom

January

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68470173961?pwd=RTZEak9Pd01WajVOZHN5SW5YZHcyQT09 Meeting ID: 684 7017 3961 Passcode: 113399 | Speaker: Claire Donnelly, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids

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Three dimensional magnetic systems promise significant opportunities for applications, for example providing higher density devices [1] and new functionalities associated with complex topology and greater degrees of freedom [2,3].

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-13T10:00:00 2022-01-13T11:00:00 Claire Donnelly: Three-dimensional nanomagnetism: from textures in the bulk to 3D magnetic nanostructures Abstract: Three dimensional magnetic systems promise significant opportunities for applications, for example providing higher density devices [1] and new functionalities associated with complex topology and greater degrees of freedom [2,3]. Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/68470173961?pwd=RTZEak9Pd01WajVOZHN5SW5YZHcyQT09 Meeting ID: 684 7017 3961 Passcode: 113399

January

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Rene Doyon (UdeM)

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Add to Calendar 2022-01-10T15:00:00 2022-01-10T16:00:00 Launch Experience and Status of the James Webb Space Telescope Event Location: Connect via zoom

December

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom |

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Join members of the Department of Physics & Astronomy to celebrate the festive season by remotely gathering to learn about these winter-time topics:

  • How ice forms
  • What causes avalanches
  • The physics of winter sports - curling, snow-boarding, snowshoeing, and speed-skating

This event is expected to be at a level appropriate for the general public and school students who have an interest in physics and astronomy.

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-16T16:00:00 2021-12-16T17:00:00 The Physics of Winter Join members of the Department of Physics & Astronomy to celebrate the festive season by remotely gathering to learn about these winter-time topics: How ice forms What causes avalanches The physics of winter sports - curling, snow-boarding, snowshoeing, and speed-skating This event is expected to be at a level appropriate for the general public and school students who have an interest in physics and astronomy. Event Location: Connect via zoom

December

2021

| Event Location: Hennings 201 or via zoom | Speaker: Douglas Scott (UBC)

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When lockdown started, I decided to go out for a walk every day.  Exploring my immediate neighbourhood turned into a systematic traversal of each street, and then each laneway.  Every day I would walk a chunk of Vancouver, and after 20 months I completed every public path that I could find in the entire city.  This introduced me to many unfamiliar parts of Vancouver, with the laneways (the neglected network of back alleys) probably holding the most fascination.

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-09T16:00:00 2021-12-09T17:00:00 Laneways: The Most Boring Talk You'll Ever Hear About Vancouver When lockdown started, I decided to go out for a walk every day.  Exploring my immediate neighbourhood turned into a systematic traversal of each street, and then each laneway.  Every day I would walk a chunk of Vancouver, and after 20 months I completed every public path that I could find in the entire city.  This introduced me to many unfamiliar parts of Vancouver, with the laneways (the neglected network of back alleys) probably holding the most fascination. Event Location: Hennings 201 or via zoom

December

2021

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Pinrui Shen

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-07T14:00:00 2021-12-07T16:00:00 Pinrui Shen Departmental Defence - Development of a Cold Atom Pressure Standard Join Zoom Meeting https://ubc.zoom.us/j/65035241038?pwd=azZ2NWUyMWFZM2tzWFNGMkFZWFBLUT09 Meeting ID: 650 3524 1038 Event Location: Zoom

December

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: James Davenport (U Washington)

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Since the launch of Kepler in 2009, the field of stellar astronomy has been radically changed with the advent of long-duration, high-precision light curves. With the TESS mission we now have space-based light curves for millions of nearby stars, which allow e.g. precise characterization of stellar rotation periods and enormous catalogs of flares. I'll review some of the transformative discoveries that this data has enabled, and highlight unique opportunities for stellar astronomy in the coming decade.

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-06T15:00:00 2021-12-06T16:00:00 10 Years of Stellar Activity from Space Since the launch of Kepler in 2009, the field of stellar astronomy has been radically changed with the advent of long-duration, high-precision light curves. With the TESS mission we now have space-based light curves for millions of nearby stars, which allow e.g. precise characterization of stellar rotation periods and enormous catalogs of flares. I'll review some of the transformative discoveries that this data has enabled, and highlight unique opportunities for stellar astronomy in the coming decade. Event Location: Connect via zoom

December

2021

| Event Location: Hennings 201 or via zoom | Speaker: Beatrice Franke (TRIUMF and UBC), Aria Malhotra (UBC), Allison Man (UBC), Jess McIver (UBC) and Janis McKenna (UBC)

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The PHAS GSA (Grad Student Association) is partnering up with the Society of Graduate Students and Postdocs at TRIUMF (GAPS) and the PHAS E&I group to host a screening of the amazing film Picture A Scientist. It has really taken the science world by storm after its release at the Tribecca Film Festival and is a must see for scientists. GAPS, GSA and E&I are hosting the screening on Wednesday, Dec 1st, 5.30pm @ HENN201 with FREE PIZZA afterward and would love to invite everyone in the department to come and join.

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-02T16:00:00 2021-12-02T17:00:00 "Picture a Scientist" panel discussion The PHAS GSA (Grad Student Association) is partnering up with the Society of Graduate Students and Postdocs at TRIUMF (GAPS) and the PHAS E&I group to host a screening of the amazing film Picture A Scientist. It has really taken the science world by storm after its release at the Tribecca Film Festival and is a must see for scientists. GAPS, GSA and E&I are hosting the screening on Wednesday, Dec 1st, 5.30pm @ HENN201 with FREE PIZZA afterward and would love to invite everyone in the department to come and join. Event Location: Hennings 201 or via zoom

December

2021

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Ben Breitung, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Title: Exploring High-Entropy Materials for Electrochemical Applications

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-02T10:00:00 2021-12-02T11:00:00 Ben Breitung: Exploring High-Entropy Materials for Electrochemical Applications https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399   Title: Exploring High-Entropy Materials for Electrochemical Applications Event Location: Zoom

December

2021

| Event Location: HENN201 |

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The PHAS GSA (Grad Student Association) is partnering up with the Society of Graduate Students and Postdocs at TRIUMF (GAPS) and the PHAS E&I group to host a screening of the amazing film Picture A Scientist.

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-01T17:30:00 2021-12-01T19:30:00 "Picture A Scientist" Movie Screening The PHAS GSA (Grad Student Association) is partnering up with the Society of Graduate Students and Postdocs at TRIUMF (GAPS) and the PHAS E&I group to host a screening of the amazing film Picture A Scientist. Event Location: HENN201

November

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Lukas Hergt (UBC)

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Cosmic inflation has become an integral part of our currently best-fitting cosmological model, called LCDM for its two major contributions to the energy content, which are a cosmological constant Lambda and cold dark matter. I will start out with a broad overview of cosmic inflation, its motivation for the Hot Big Bang picture and its most simple implementation in the form of a single scalar field that slowly rolls down its potential. I will show how that relates to the phenomenological implementation with 2 or 3 primordial parameters in our current standard LCDM model.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-29T15:00:00 2021-11-29T16:00:00 Beyond slow-roll inflation Cosmic inflation has become an integral part of our currently best-fitting cosmological model, called LCDM for its two major contributions to the energy content, which are a cosmological constant Lambda and cold dark matter. I will start out with a broad overview of cosmic inflation, its motivation for the Hot Big Bang picture and its most simple implementation in the form of a single scalar field that slowly rolls down its potential. I will show how that relates to the phenomenological implementation with 2 or 3 primordial parameters in our current standard LCDM model. Event Location: Connect via zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Hennings 201 or connect via zoom | Speaker: Nigel Smith (TRIUMF)

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This talk will be an introduction to the science programme at TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre located on the South UBC campus, and to its new Director who is pleased to be working at a ground level laboratory with windows.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-25T16:00:00 2021-11-25T17:00:00 A window on TRIUMF This talk will be an introduction to the science programme at TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre located on the South UBC campus, and to its new Director who is pleased to be working at a ground level laboratory with windows. Event Location: Hennings 201 or connect via zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Sinead Griffin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-25T10:00:00 2021-11-25T11:00:00 Sinéad Griffin: Searching for New Matter https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399 Event Location: Zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Tayyaba Zafar (Macquarie Univ.)

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Interstellar dust plays a crucial role in the formation of stars and the evolution and assembly of galaxies. Extinction provides an indirect measure of the enrichment process and conditions within an environment. Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are excellent probes for studying dust and metals in the distant universe, since they unveil the intergalactic medium along the line of sight and the interstellar medium surrounding the GRB event within its host galaxy.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-22T15:00:00 2021-11-22T16:00:00 Dust, its composition, and evolution in the universe Interstellar dust plays a crucial role in the formation of stars and the evolution and assembly of galaxies. Extinction provides an indirect measure of the enrichment process and conditions within an environment. Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are excellent probes for studying dust and metals in the distant universe, since they unveil the intergalactic medium along the line of sight and the interstellar medium surrounding the GRB event within its host galaxy. Event Location: Connect via zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Hennings 201 (or via zoom) | Speaker: Fok-Shuen Leung (UBC Math)

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Like many departments with a large service teaching commitment, the Math Department has been operating for some time at the end of its logistical supply lines. In this talk I'll describe a mitigating initiative that grew out of an experimental small course structure at Vantage College, matured in a large first-year mainstream course, and will be used starting next year for all first-year calculus courses. We'll also discuss some other ways to address the challenge of doing good teaching at scale.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-18T16:00:00 2021-11-18T17:00:00 Teaching too many students with not enough resources Like many departments with a large service teaching commitment, the Math Department has been operating for some time at the end of its logistical supply lines. In this talk I'll describe a mitigating initiative that grew out of an experimental small course structure at Vantage College, matured in a large first-year mainstream course, and will be used starting next year for all first-year calculus courses. We'll also discuss some other ways to address the challenge of doing good teaching at scale. Event Location: Hennings 201 (or via zoom)

November

2021

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Cory R. Dean, Department of Physics, Columbia University

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-18T10:00:00 2021-11-18T11:00:00 Cory Dean: Towards realizing twistronics on demand Passcode: 113399 Event Location: Zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Ted Mackereth (CITA)

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The galaxy population in the universe is immutably linked to its cosmology. The characteristics of galaxies are genetic traits which are set, in a large part, by the `DNA' defined by density fluctuations in the early universe, which govern the eventual mass assembly of galaxies. Large scale surveys in the Milky Way such as Gaia, APOGEE and GALAH, among others, have revealed new and intriguing `traits' of the Milky Way. One such example is the clear bi-modality in alpha-element abundances relative to Iron at fixed Iron abundance, which exhibits itself throughout the disc of the Galaxy.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-15T15:00:00 2021-11-15T16:00:00 A "Genetic" approach to constraining the assembly of the Milky Way The galaxy population in the universe is immutably linked to its cosmology. The characteristics of galaxies are genetic traits which are set, in a large part, by the `DNA' defined by density fluctuations in the early universe, which govern the eventual mass assembly of galaxies. Large scale surveys in the Milky Way such as Gaia, APOGEE and GALAH, among others, have revealed new and intriguing `traits' of the Milky Way. One such example is the clear bi-modality in alpha-element abundances relative to Iron at fixed Iron abundance, which exhibits itself throughout the disc of the Galaxy. Event Location: Connect via zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Siegfried Eggl (U Illinois)

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The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is NASA's first dedicated planetary defense mission. Set to launch later this month from Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA, USA,  DART will demonstrate active asteroid deflection by altering the mutual orbit of the binary asteroid (65803) Didymos through a kinetic impact. Said kinetic impact is planned to happen in Fall 2022. Ejecta, rocks and gravel expelled at high velocity from the impact crater, will most likely be created during the collision of the spacecraft with its target.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-08T15:00:00 2021-11-08T16:00:00 Throwing DARTs at Asteroids The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is NASA's first dedicated planetary defense mission. Set to launch later this month from Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA, USA,  DART will demonstrate active asteroid deflection by altering the mutual orbit of the binary asteroid (65803) Didymos through a kinetic impact. Said kinetic impact is planned to happen in Fall 2022. Ejecta, rocks and gravel expelled at high velocity from the impact crater, will most likely be created during the collision of the spacecraft with its target. Event Location: Connect via zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Troy Shinbrot (Rutgers) and Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse (Cornell)

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Our work explores jugglers' dependence on muscle memory and dynamical prediction. If every throw is considered to be an independent event, there exist juggling patterns in which the reaction time required to make successive catches and the precision needed to make perfect throws exceeds human capabilities.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-04T16:00:00 2021-11-04T17:00:00 Juggling Dynamics Our work explores jugglers' dependence on muscle memory and dynamical prediction. If every throw is considered to be an independent event, there exist juggling patterns in which the reaction time required to make successive catches and the precision needed to make perfect throws exceeds human capabilities. Event Location: Connect via zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Zoom | Speaker: Abhay Pasupathy, Columbia University

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-04T10:00:00 2021-11-04T11:00:00 Abhay Pasupathy: Recent progress in moiré materials https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399 Event Location: Zoom

November

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Megan Gillies (U Calgary)

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The Northern Lights, also known the Aurora Borealis, are an ionospheric phenomena which has fascinated mankind for centuries. A beautiful display of light, the Aurora also provides a window into the workings of the near-space environment – most of which would otherwise remain invisible.  The aurora yields important clues about plasma and large-scale dynamic processes in the solar-terrestrial environment. Due to the immense size of the near-earth environment, understanding how the Sun-Earth relationship evolves is a challenge.

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-01T15:00:00 2021-11-01T16:00:00 Observing the Aurora: a window into the near-geospace environment The Northern Lights, also known the Aurora Borealis, are an ionospheric phenomena which has fascinated mankind for centuries. A beautiful display of light, the Aurora also provides a window into the workings of the near-space environment – most of which would otherwise remain invisible.  The aurora yields important clues about plasma and large-scale dynamic processes in the solar-terrestrial environment. Due to the immense size of the near-earth environment, understanding how the Sun-Earth relationship evolves is a challenge. Event Location: Connect via zoom

October

2021

| Event Location: Hennings 201 (or via zoom) | Speaker: Richard Shaw (UBC)

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CHIME will use Intensity Mapping of the 21cm line of neutral hydrogen to map
large-scale structure between redshifts of 0.8 and 2.5. By measuring Baryon
Acoustic Oscillations (BAO) we will place constraints on the dark energy 
equation of state as it begins to dominate the expansion of the Universe,
particularly at redshifts poorly probed by current BAO surveys.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-28T16:00:00 2021-10-28T17:00:00 First detection of cosmological signal with CHIME CHIME will use Intensity Mapping of the 21cm line of neutral hydrogen to map large-scale structure between redshifts of 0.8 and 2.5. By measuring Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO) we will place constraints on the dark energy  equation of state as it begins to dominate the expansion of the Universe, particularly at redshifts poorly probed by current BAO surveys. Event Location: Hennings 201 (or via zoom)

October

2021

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399 | Speaker: Prof. Shanti Deemyad, University of Utah

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Restricting the volume of a material, through application of pressure, changes the dominance of interactions within the material, and exposes unnatural states of matter not found in our predominantly adiabatic universe.  One of the most exotic phenomena in condensed matter is the phase transitions purely driven by quantum effects. While quantum fluctuations in electronic states are always relevant, it is also possible to observe quantum effects in lattice of very light elements. At ambient conditions, the lightest metal of the periodic system is lithium.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-28T10:00:00 2021-10-28T11:00:00 Shanti Deemyad: Physics of Light Dense Matter: Quantum and Classical Effects in Dense lithium Restricting the volume of a material, through application of pressure, changes the dominance of interactions within the material, and exposes unnatural states of matter not found in our predominantly adiabatic universe.  One of the most exotic phenomena in condensed matter is the phase transitions purely driven by quantum effects. While quantum fluctuations in electronic states are always relevant, it is also possible to observe quantum effects in lattice of very light elements. At ambient conditions, the lightest metal of the periodic system is lithium. Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399

October

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Adam Smercina (U Washington)

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The hierarchical formation of galaxies like the Milky Way (MW) is a central prediction of the Lambda-Cold Dark Matter (LCDM) model. They are predicted and observed to host vast halos of stars accreted from disrupted dwarf galaxies, as well as rich dwarf satellite populations — both of which tantalizingly encode details of their formation histories. This regime has long been problematic for galaxy formation models, due to the required resolution, and observational progress has been largely constrained to the Local Group, due to the intrinsic faintness and large scales of both features.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-25T15:00:00 2021-10-25T16:00:00 Relating the Diverse Merger Histories and Satellite Populations of Nearby Galaxies The hierarchical formation of galaxies like the Milky Way (MW) is a central prediction of the Lambda-Cold Dark Matter (LCDM) model. They are predicted and observed to host vast halos of stars accreted from disrupted dwarf galaxies, as well as rich dwarf satellite populations — both of which tantalizingly encode details of their formation histories. This regime has long been problematic for galaxy formation models, due to the required resolution, and observational progress has been largely constrained to the Local Group, due to the intrinsic faintness and large scales of both features. Event Location: Connect via zoom

October

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Marc Kamionkowski (Johns Hopkins)

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The value of the cosmic expansion rate (the Hubble constant) inferred from observations of supernovae disagree with those inferred from measurements of the cosmic microwave background.  Easy explanations for this discrepancy have been elusive, but the past few years attention has turned to the possibility that a modification to early-Universe physics may be required.  I will discuss a solution to this "Hubble tension" that involves the introduction of a new component of matter, “early dark energy,” as well as other related ideas.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-21T16:00:00 2021-10-21T17:00:00 The Hubble tension and the early Universe The value of the cosmic expansion rate (the Hubble constant) inferred from observations of supernovae disagree with those inferred from measurements of the cosmic microwave background.  Easy explanations for this discrepancy have been elusive, but the past few years attention has turned to the possibility that a modification to early-Universe physics may be required.  I will discuss a solution to this "Hubble tension" that involves the introduction of a new component of matter, “early dark energy,” as well as other related ideas. Event Location: Connect via zoom

October

2021

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399 | Speaker: Prof. Vedika Khemani, Stanford University

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Abstract: The addition of non-unitary ingredients to many-body quantum dynamics has led to a series of exciting developments in recent years, including new out-of-equilibrium entanglement phases and phase transitions enabled by quantum measurements.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-21T10:00:00 2021-10-21T11:00:00 Vedika Khemani: Non-unitary dynamics via spacetime duality Abstract: The addition of non-unitary ingredients to many-body quantum dynamics has led to a series of exciting developments in recent years, including new out-of-equilibrium entanglement phases and phase transitions enabled by quantum measurements. Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399

October

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Joe DeRose (UC Berkeley)

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Cross-correlations between imaging and redshift surve

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-18T15:00:00 2021-10-18T16:00:00 Robust cosmological inference from galaxy clustering and weak lensing using cosmological simulations Cross-correlations between imaging and redshift surve Event Location: Connect via zoom

October

2021

| Event Location: Hennings 201 or via zoom | Speaker: James Charbonneau & Philip Stamp

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Let's discuss the background to the 2 parts of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.

James Charbonneau - CLIMATE SCIENCE

This will be a short description of how Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann were jointly awarded half of the 2021 prize "for the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming".

Philip Stamp - SPIN GLASSES & COMPLEXITY

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-14T16:00:00 2021-10-14T17:00:00 This year's Physics Nobel Prize Let's discuss the background to the 2 parts of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics. James Charbonneau - CLIMATE SCIENCE This will be a short description of how Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann were jointly awarded half of the 2021 prize "for the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming". Philip Stamp - SPIN GLASSES & COMPLEXITY Event Location: Hennings 201 or via zoom

October

2021

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399 | Speaker: Andrew Potter

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Abstract: Quantum computation tantalizing promises efficient solutions to a broad range of classically-hard materials and chemistry simulation problems of interest to both basic science and practical applications. However, nascent quantum processors are severely limited in both memory and accuracy, and remain a long way from surpassing state-of-the-art classical computational methods.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-14T10:00:00 2021-10-14T11:00:00 CM Seminar - Andrew Potter: Simulating highly-entangled matter with quantum tensor networks Abstract: Quantum computation tantalizing promises efficient solutions to a broad range of classically-hard materials and chemistry simulation problems of interest to both basic science and practical applications. However, nascent quantum processors are severely limited in both memory and accuracy, and remain a long way from surpassing state-of-the-art classical computational methods. Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399

October

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Johanna Wagstaffe (CBC)

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The deadly heat dome that settled over the Pacific Northwest at the end of June 2021 was a 1 in 1000 year event. But climate scientists say it was 150 times more likely to happen because of human-caused climate change. I'll take you through the series of unique conditions that came together for the unprecedented event to occur -- and why we need to prepare now for the next one. 

Please note the later starting time: 4.15pm

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-07T16:15:00 2021-10-07T17:15:00 2021 Heat Dome: An extremely rare event that we will likely see again The deadly heat dome that settled over the Pacific Northwest at the end of June 2021 was a 1 in 1000 year event. But climate scientists say it was 150 times more likely to happen because of human-caused climate change. I'll take you through the series of unique conditions that came together for the unprecedented event to occur -- and why we need to prepare now for the next one.  Please note the later starting time: 4.15pm Event Location: Connect via zoom

October

2021

| Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399 |

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Short-range magnetic correlations have been increasingly recognized in recent years for their importance in contexts as widely varied as geometrically frustrated magnetism and functional magnetocaloric materials. Neutron scattering provides experimental access to these short-range correlations through magnetic diffuse scattering, but characterizing magnetic short-range order with quantitative accuracy has remained a difficult task.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-07T10:00:00 2021-10-07T11:00:00 CM Seminar - From Quantum Magnets to Magnetic Thermoelectrics: Short-Range Spin Correlations and the Secrets They Keep Short-range magnetic correlations have been increasingly recognized in recent years for their importance in contexts as widely varied as geometrically frustrated magnetism and functional magnetocaloric materials. Neutron scattering provides experimental access to these short-range correlations through magnetic diffuse scattering, but characterizing magnetic short-range order with quantitative accuracy has remained a difficult task. Event Location: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/66879995529?pwd=dHpQb25LSGVZK3ozY243em5tenRWQT09 Meeting ID: 668 7999 5529 Passcode: 113399

October

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Madeline Marshall (HAA/NRC)

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Studying the host galaxies of high-redshift quasars provides vital insights into the early growth of supermassive black holes and the black hole—galaxy connection. The launch of JWST will start a new era in this field, providing the opportunity to observe the stellar components of these host galaxies for the first time. Here I will present an analysis of the hosts of z=7 quasars in the BlueTides cosmological hydrodynamical simulation.

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-04T15:00:00 2021-10-04T16:00:00 Unveiling Stellar Light from the Host Galaxies of High-Redshift Quasars Studying the host galaxies of high-redshift quasars provides vital insights into the early growth of supermassive black holes and the black hole—galaxy connection. The launch of JWST will start a new era in this field, providing the opportunity to observe the stellar components of these host galaxies for the first time. Here I will present an analysis of the hosts of z=7 quasars in the BlueTides cosmological hydrodynamical simulation. Event Location: Connect via zoom

September

2021

| Event Location: Various events at UBC and elsewhere |

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There will be no colloquium on the day of this national event to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.   See the following web-sites for information on what's happening at UBC:

https://irshdc.ubc.ca/orangeshirtday/

https://apsc.ubc.ca/orangeshirtday/

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Add to Calendar 2021-09-30T16:00:00 2021-09-30T17:00:00 No Colloquium - Truth & Reconciliation Day There will be no colloquium on the day of this national event to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.   See the following web-sites for information on what's happening at UBC: https://irshdc.ubc.ca/orangeshirtday/ https://apsc.ubc.ca/orangeshirtday/ Event Location: Various events at UBC and elsewhere

September

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: Mehrnoosh Tahani (HAA)

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Magnetic fields pervade the interstellar medium and are important in the star-formation process. However, probing magnetic fields of star-forming regions is challenging. In this talk, I will discuss our research on the 3D morphology of magnetic fields in star-forming molecular clouds. We first developed a novel technique based on Faraday rotation measurements to determine the line-of-sight strength and direction of magnetic fields associated with molecular clouds. We applied our technique to four relatively nearby filamentary molecular clouds.

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Add to Calendar 2021-09-27T15:00:00 2021-09-27T16:00:00 Three-dimensional observations of interstellar magnetic fields Magnetic fields pervade the interstellar medium and are important in the star-formation process. However, probing magnetic fields of star-forming regions is challenging. In this talk, I will discuss our research on the 3D morphology of magnetic fields in star-forming molecular clouds. We first developed a novel technique based on Faraday rotation measurements to determine the line-of-sight strength and direction of magnetic fields associated with molecular clouds. We applied our technique to four relatively nearby filamentary molecular clouds. Event Location: Connect via zoom

September

2021

| Event Location: Connect via zoom | Speaker: John Baez (UC Riverside)

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It came as a shock when I first realized that some of the most famous equations in thermodynamics are just the same as the most famous equations in classical mechanics - with only the names of the variables changed.  It turns out that this follows from a deep and not yet thoroughly studied analogy between the two subjects, which I will explain. 

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Add to Calendar 2021-09-23T16:00:00 2021-09-23T17:00:00 Classical Mechanics versus Thermodynamics It came as a shock when I first realized that some of the most famous equations in thermodynamics are just the same as the most famous equations in classical mechanics - with only the names of the variables changed.  It turns out that this follows from a deep and not yet thoroughly studied analogy between the two subjects, which I will explain.  Event Location: Connect via zoom