Palo Alto Colloquia
March 6, 2014
STUDYING THE BIG BANG AT THE SOUTH POLE
Dr. Chao-Lin Kuo, Stanford University Physics and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)
The South Pole is the driest place on Earth. The lack of water vapor allows astrophysicists to see through the atmosphere in microwave frequencies to study the left-over radiation from the early universe, known as the cosmic microwave background radiation. Dr. Kuo will describe the BICEP/Keck series of experiments, an exciting program to search for the primordial gravitational waves through their imprints on the cosmic microwave background. These technology-intense experiments use state-of-the-art superconducting detectors and cryogenic systems. Dr. Kuo will also give an update on current state of cosmology research and how our project could help answer the biggest questions on the origin of the universe.
Dr. Chao-Lin Kuo is currently assistant professor of Physics at Stanford and SLAC. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley, and did his postdoc at Caltech. Dr. Kuo has been doing research on cosmic microwave background at the South Pole since 1999, and has been at Stanford since 2008.
We are moving back to the Bldg. 202 Auditorium (where we were a year ago). Note That construction on the new building (B. 245, next to B. 202) is ongoing, but parking is available below B. 202. All Colloquium talks begin at 4:15 pm
Note, the following are TENTATIVE
Mar. 13 – Dr. Clyde Smith, SLAC: ANTI-BIOTIC RESISTANCE
Mar. 20 – Dr. Lawrence Ames, Lockheed Martin: HOW TO BECOME A MAD SCIENTIST IN 2 EASY STEPS
Mar. 27 – Dr. Steven Haddock, MBARI: BIOLUMINESCENCE AND BIODIVERSITY IN THE SEA: GLOWING ALIENS RULE BENEATH THE WAVES
Apr. 3 – Valley Christian High School ISS Teams. Unique Computer-Controlled Microgravity Experiments Aboard the ISS
Apr. 10 – Dr. Jennifer Dionne, Stanford Univ: Metamaterials and Bioimaging.
Apr. 17 – Dr. Ken Lum. Historical Innovations in Telescope Technology in England in the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries-A Tour with the Antique Telescope Society
Apr. 24 – Dr. Tom Passell, former ATC employee and recently retired from SRI and EPRI: Deuteron Stripping with Nuclei of Metals that Absorb Deuterium
May 1 – Dr. Akram Boukai, CEO and Co-Founder, Silicium Energy: Nano-Justified: Why Nano Matters for Silicon Thermoelectrics
May 8 – Dr. Craig R Horne, Ph.D. Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, EnerVault Corporation. YES VIRGINA, THERE IS A LONG-DURATION, GRID-SCALE REDOX FLOW BATTERY SYSTEM
May 15 – Dr. Uwe Bergmann, SLAC: LCLS - The New X-Ray Laser at SLAC
May 22 – Dr. Gary Bush, LM/ATC: The Latest on High Speed Rail (Again!!)
May 29 – Dr. Ken Lum. Telescopes of Bernhard Schmidt.