Ulrich Jentschura- SPACS Colloquium December 6, 2012

Generalized Dirac Equations and Tachyonic Neutrinos

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

Jentschura abstract: In 1943, Wolfgang Pauli wrote an article for the Reviews of Modern Physics in which he argued that the Hermiticity requirement for quantum mechanical Hamiltonians can be relaxed and generalized to a weaker requirement, that of so-called pseudo-Hermiticity. All of the concepts introduced by Pauli into …

Robert Ehrlich- SPACS Colloquium November 29, 2012

The superluminal neutrino hypothesis: Searching for tachyons or unicorns?

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

With a recent claim of superluminal neutrinos shown to be in error, 2012 may not be a propitious time to consider the evidence that one or more neutrinos may indeed be tachyons. Nevertheless, there are a growing number of observations that continue to …

Ilsang Yoon- SPACS Colloquium November 15, 2012

Bayesian Anatomy of Galaxy Structure

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

Yoon abstract: Parametric approach to measure the galaxy morphological structure suffers from systematic and random errors owing to the characteristics of chosen model and data which are difficult to include in inference of galaxy morphology distribution. In this talk, I will introduce a Bayesian MCMC approach, fully considering the posterior …

Enrico Rossi- SPACS Colloquium November 8, 2012

Chiral superfluid states in grapheme heterostructures

Thursday at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

Rossi abstract: The chiral nature of the fermionic excitations in graphene,  bilayer graphene, and topological insulators, induces unique electronic properties in these materials. In bilayerheterostructures the interlayer interaction can induce the formation of an interlayer phase coherent state. An interesting class of heterostructures is constituted by bilayers in which the electrons in the two layers have different chirality. An example of such a …

Stephen Lockett- SPACS Colloquium November 1, 2012 3pm

Spatial Organization in Cells and Nuclei

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

Lockett abstract: The spatial organization of molecules inside cells controls biological processes, and it is hypothesized that direct alteration of spatial
organization through physical shape changes to cells can drive biological processes.  The Optical Microscopy and Analysis Laboratory (OMAL) is pursuing two projects on this topic.  The first project, …

A.K. Drukier- SPACS Colloquium Monday Oct. 29, 2012 3pm

Detecting WIMPs using molecular biology methods

Monday at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 161

Drukier abstract. Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) may constitute most of the matter in the Universe. While there are intriguing results from DAMA/LIBRA, CoGEnt and CRESST-II, there is not yet a compelling detection of dark matter. The ability to detect direction of recoil nuclei will considerably facilitate detection …

Crystal Bailey- SPACS Colloquium October, 25, 2012 3pm

Breaking The Myth of the “Non-Traditional” Physicist: The Real Story About Employment for Physics and Astronomy PhDs

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

Bailey abstract:Physics PhDs are among the most employable in the world, often doing everything from managing a research lab at a multi-million dollar corporation, to developing solutions to global problems in their own small startups. …

Eugenie Mielczarek & Brian Engler- SPACS Colloquium October, 18 2012

Science policy at the intersection of physics, biology and medicine — some startling concepts

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

Mielczarek abstract: A study of twenty years (1992-2012) of federal funding for alternative medicine:  What have we learned? Ignorance of science regarding concepts of energy, fields, and the laws of thermodynamics  have driven funding in health care research. We will focus on …

Krishna Vemuru- SPACS Colloquium October 11, 2012, 3pm

Magnetic Nanostructures Photo from Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics

Magnetic nanostructures

Johnson Center 325

Vemuru abstract: Synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanostructures is an important aspect of research in nanoscience.  In order to improve the characteristics of nanomaterials based devices, it is important to understand the structure property relation as well as the mechanism of the magnetic ordering. In this talk, I will …

Makenzie Lystrup- SPACS Colloquium October,4 2012

Science & Congress: A scientist’s perspective from inside the House of Representatives

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

The federal budget cycle over 2012, 2013 and 2014. This cycle is particularly relevant to Physicists, who need to know when best to lobby. Agencies are looking to fit this advice into a complex system in which they work …