THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY PRESENTS
A SERIES OF LECTURES, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND FILMS

WHAT PHYSICISTS DO

“In physics, you don't have to go around making trouble for yourself - nature does it for you.” - Frank Wilczek

EIGHTY-EIGHTH SERIES
Fall 2014

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Mondays at 4:00 p.m. Darwin 103 Coffee at 3:30 p.m.
Sep 08


THE EFFECTS OF SOLAR ACTIVITY ON OUR EARTH
Dr. Leif Svalgaard of Stanford University will talk about how the Sun's magnetic activity influences our environment, for better and for worse.
Sep 15


TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORECASTING
Dr. Robert Van Buskirk of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will discuss the formulation of a "Moore's Law" for green energy (and other) technologies.
Sep 22


TRAPPING AND STUDYING ANTIHYDROGEN ATOMS
Dr. Joel Fajans of University of California, Berkeley will discuss the ALPHA project and experiments with atomic antimatter.
Sep 29

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Oct 06


STUDYING X-RAYS FROM SOLAR FLARES
Dr. Lindsay Glesener of University of California, Berkeley will discuss her work using sounding rocket experiments to study solar X-rays.
Oct 13


JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE GALAXY
Dr. Ann-Marie Madigan of University of California, Berkeley will discuss the stars, gas clouds, and supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
Oct 20

SHROUDS OF THE NIGHT
Dr. Kenneth Freeman of Australian National University will discuss his distinguished career studying dark matter in galaxies.
Oct 27


ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Dr. Marc Fisher of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will address how one can apply a physics education to help solve problems of human stewardship of the Earth's climate.
Nov 03


SPECTROSCOPIC IMAGING WITH A $100 MILLION LIGHT BULB
Dr. Michael Martin of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will discuss advancing infrared spectroscopy into the 3rd dimension and to the nanoscale using a synchrotron light source.
Nov 10


MANIPULATING ATOMS
Dr. Andreas Heinrich of IBM Research will discuss his work using a scanning probe microscope to explore and control individual atoms.
Nov 17

GALACTIC FLOWS AND WINDS
Dr. Jessica Werk of University of California, Santa Cruz will discuss her work studying gas flows into and out of galaxies.
Nov 24


PROBING DARK ENERGY WITH OPTICAL FIBERS AND 5000 ROBOTS
Dr. Claire Poppett of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will discuss the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a ground-based experiment for the Mayall Telescope in Arizona.

Sonoma State University

This series is supported by private donations and Instructionally Related Activities funds.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609. (707) 664-2119
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