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January 2019

Physics colloquium-“Space Resources”

January 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Angel Abbud Madrid CSM Center for Space Resources   Berthoud Hall 241

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Physics colloquium-“Assessing The Many Skills Used to Solve Complex Problems”

January 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Wendy Adams CSM Physics Department and Teach@Mines Abstract:  While working to develop and assessment of problem solving skills, we have empirically identified over 40 distinct sub-skills that affect a person’s ability to solve complex problems in many different contexts. The identification of so many sub-skills explains why it has been so difficult to teach or assess problem solving as a single skill.  The existence of these sub-skills is supported by several studies comparing a wide range of individuals’ strengths and…

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Physics colloquium-“Quantum Steampunk: Quantum Information Applied to Thermodynamics”

January 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Nicole Yunger Halpern Harvard-Smithsonian ITAMP (Instit. for Theoretical Atomics, Molecular, and Optical Physics) Harvard University, Department of Physics Abstract: Thermodynamics has shed light on engines, efficiency, and time’s arrow since the Industrial Revolution. But the steam engines that powered the Industrial Revolution were large and classical. Much of today’s technology and experiments are small-scale, quantum, and out-of-equilibrium. Nineteenth-century thermodynamics requires updating for the 21st century. Guidance has come from the mathematical toolkit of quantum information theory. Quantum information theory describes…

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February 2019

Physics colloquium-“Experimental Clues About the Origin of the Shirley Background”

February 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Alberto Herrera-Gomez Center for Research & Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, CINVESTAV (Queretaro, Mexico) Abstract: In quantitative chemical studies with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the total background signal is well described as the sum of two terms, one originated from inelastic electron-energy losses and another that is described by the empirical Shirley method .  The inelastic part is very well quantified by the Tougaard theory proposed in 1982 ; the Shirley part, in the near-peak region, can be quantified…

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Physics colloquium-speaker & topic to be announced

February 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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  Berthoud Hall 241

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No physics colloquium – President’s Day holiday

February 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Physics colloquium-“Toward a 100% Renewable Power Grid: Reality or Rhetoric?”

February 26, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Paul Denholm NREL Abstract:  There is growing interest, along with many state and local policy initiatives, for various regions to derive 100% of their electricity from renewable sources. But there are a number of economic and technical challenges associated with making this a reality. This talk will focus on three of the big challenges to increasing our use of wind and solar energy on the power grid. First, how can we maintain a cost-effective grid with large amounts of wind…

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March 2019

Physics colloquium-speaker & topic to be announced

March 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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  Berthoud Hall 241

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Physics colloquium-speaker & topic to be announced

March 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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  Berthoud Hall 241

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Physics colloquium-speaker & topic to be announced

March 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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  Berthoud 241

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