Ming Tian- SPACS Colloquium Thursday,Sept. 27, 2012, 3pm

Solid-State Rare-Earth Ensemble and Applications in Quantum Information

Johnson Center #325

Ming abstract: Solid-State Rare-Earth Ensemble forms a group of materials important for applications in quantum information science and technology. On one hand, rare-earth ions trapped in crystal lattice, such as yttrium aluminum garnet, exhibits interesting energy structures and optical properties due to various interactions of the rare-earth ions and the …

Jessica Rosenberg: SPACS Colloquium, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 3pm

Gas and Stars in Galaxies and their Environments: Clues to Galaxy Evolution

Johnson Center #325  Thursday 3:00pm

Rosenberg abstract: Understanding the processes that drive the formation and evolution of  galaxies is central to extragalactic astronomy. The mergers of  galaxies, accretion and outflow of gas, and formation of stars are the  dynamical mechanisms that drive the evolution of these systems over  …

Phillip Rubin- SPACS Collloquium, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, 4:00pm

Wherefrom a Higgs?

Krasnow Institute Seminar room ( Note the  day and place is different from the usual   SPACS colloquia)

Rubin abstract: The story of a Higgs from the Standard Model and a discovery at CERN which looks a bit like it.

Link to PDF of presentation

Ernest Barreto: SPACS Colloquium Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, 3pm

A Novel Mechanism for Neuronal Bursting and Seizing

Research Hall room 163

Barreto abstract: It is well-known that when a neuron fires an action potential, sodium and potassium ions cross the neuron’s membrane. This process was  described quantitatively by Hodgkin and Huxley in the 1950s. But shouldn’t this flow of ions affect the ion concentrations inside …

Mike Summers: SPACS Colloquium Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 3pm

Commercial Space Exploration: Opportunities for Research and Education
Research Hall room 163