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August 2019

Physics Colloquium: Hazardous Waste Generator Training

August 27 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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CSM Environmental Health & Safety Department All campus personnel who procure regulated materials or who generate regulated chemical waste must attend this training on an annual basis. Registration will be onsite. CoorsTek 140

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September 2019

No Physics Colloquium

September 3 @ 4:00 pm
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Physics colloquium-“Solid State Cooling and Power Generation-Transitioning From Mechanical Engines to Electronic Materials”

September 10 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Eric Toberer Colorado School of Mines, Department of Physics Abstract:  The transition from bulky vacuum tubes to solid state transistors in the 1960s heralded the dawn of the information age.   In contrast, we have yet to experience a similar revolution in our ability to control heat.  Today, electricity is primarily produced via mechanical heat engines that drive a generator; likewise, refrigeration is achieved through similar compression cycles.  For the last 200 years, solid state analogs to these mechanical engines have…

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Physics Colloquium – “Physical Oceanography for Coral Reef Conservation”

September 17 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Joanie Kleypas and Scott Bachman National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Climate & Global Dynamics Abstract:  Coral reefs are one of the most important marine ecosystems, both ecologically and economically.  Unfortunately, this ecosystem has already suffered major declines, and with continued climate change more than 90% of coral reefs will be lost by the year 2050.  Methods to increase the resilience of corals to climate change are racing against this timeline, but their implementation will be limited to a few…

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Physics Colloquium-“Discussion and Demonstration of Innovative Low-Cost Technology for Environmental Monitoring”

September 24 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Paul Kucera University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), COMET Program Abstract: Accurate and reliable real-time monitoring and dissemination of observations of atmospheric and hydrologic conditions in general is critical for a variety of research and decision support applications.  Combined precipitation and stream gauge observations provide information about the hydrological cycle in a basin and are critical for a variety of hydrometeorological applications.  In many regions of the World, weather station, precipitation gauge, and stream gauge networks are sparsely located and/or of…

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October 2019

Physics Colloquium – Precise Atomic Mass Measurements for Nuclear and Neutrino Physics”

October 1 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Matthew Redshaw Central Michigan University Abstract: The mass of an atom is one of its most fundamental properties, representing the sum of the masses of all the protons, neutrons and electrons that it is made of and, through Einstein’s famous equation E = mc2, the energy required to bind it together. Throughout the history of nuclear physics, atomic mass measurements have played a vital role, from the discovery of isotopes, to the observation of magic numbers and the development of the…

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Physics Colloquium – Nobel Prize in Physics Day

October 8 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Come join the Mines Physics Department for refreshments and appetizers as we celebrate the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics. There will be a brief overview of the new prize and prize winner(s), opportunities to learn about previous Nobel Prizes in Physics, and plenty of time for one-on-one conversations with scientists in the Physics Department. CoorsTek atrium

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No Physics Colloquium

October 15 @ 4:00 pm
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Physics Colloquium-“Resonant Thermal Transport: A New Route to Efficient Thermoelectric Energy Conversion”

October 22 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Mahmoud Hussein University of Colorado, Boulder, Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences Abstract: Thermoelectric materials convert heat into electricity or vice versa through a solid-state process. For the conversion efficiency to be competitive with fluid-based technologies, a thermoelectric material must be a good insulator of heat while, simultaneously, exhibit good electrical properties‒a combination that is hard to find in common materials. Here we present the concept of a locally resonant nanophononic metamaterial (NPM) to overcome this natural trade-off in properties. One…

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Physics Colloquium – “Multi-Messenger Astronomy and Astrophysics”

October 29 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Frederic Sarazin Colorado School of Mines, Physics Department Abstract:  Most of what we know from our Universe comes from the detection of electromagnetic radiation, from radio waves to high-energy gamma-rays. There are other cosmic messengers however. For decades, we have measured cosmic-rays and neutrinos originating from outside our atmosphere, even though source identification through cosmic-ray and/or neutrino astronomy has remained largely elusive. The fourth cosmic messenger, gravitational waves, has made an explosive entrance in the field in 2015 with almost…

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