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CSU to host 2012 Physics Colloquium: Neutrinos to Nano Science March 28-29

March 26, 2012

The Office of the Vice President of Research and CSURF will co-host the 2012 Research Colloquium, "Physics at Colorado State University: Neutrinos to Nano Science" Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29.

Two researchers float in a boat inside a water tank in Japan associated with a particle accelerator and neutrino detector. CSU physics faculty work on the project.Studying forces, particles

The event will be at the Fort Collins Hilton.

Research in physics at CSU includes the study of purely fundamental forces and particles and applied work such as particle beams and radiation health and therapy. The work spans a vast range of scales in energy and distance. Study of neutrino properties and "flavor oscillations" is at the point-like length scale, while other projects by CSU researchers detect x-rays and particles from galaxies hundreds of millions of light-years from Earth.

Nano-science at CSU includes research in magnetics and new materials as well as ground work to realize a quantum computer, which uses optical-magnetic techniques to manipulate single atoms. CSU researchers are perfecting solar cells and their production, studying the interactions between the atmosphere and the oceans and climate, while others are searching for the elusive dark matter.

Wednesday, March 28 Hilton Main Ballroom

Info Table/Registration Open (8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

9 a.m. Welcome: Provost Rick Miranda, Hank Gardner, associate VP for Research and John Harton, chair, Physics
9:20 a.m. Physics of the Universe: Session Leader - Robert Wilson, Physics

10:20 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. The Nano-world:  Kristen Buchanan, Physics and Ellen Fisher, chair, Chemistry
12:20 p.m. Poster Session (light lunch will be provided)
1:40 p.m. Applications of Math and Statistics in Physics: Session Leader - Don Estep, Statistics
2:20 p.m. Physics of the Earth and Life/Atmospheric Physics: Session Leader - Scott Denning, Atmospheric Science

3:20 p.m. Break

3:40 p.m. Physics of the Earth and Life/Radiation and Health Physics: Session Leader, Tom Borak, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
5-6:30 p.m. Reception sponsored by CSURF, CSU Ventures, CSU Management Corp.

Thursday, March 29 Hilton Main Ballroom

Info Table/Registration:  Open (8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. Welcome: John Harton, Chair, Physics
8:40 a.m. Physics of the Earth and Life/Bio-Physics: Session Leader - Diego Krapf, Electrical and Computer Engineering
9:40 a.m. Particle Accelerators and Beams: Session Leader - Sandra Biedron, Electrical and Computer Engineering 

11 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. Particle Accelerators and Beams: Session Leader - Sandra Biedron, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Noon Awards Luncheon, Presentation of student poster awards  
1:20 p.m. Physics of the Universe: Session Leader - Robert Wilson, Physics
2:40 p.m. Applications of Math and Statistics in Physics: Session Leader - Don Estep, Statistics

3:20 p.m. Break

3:40 p.m. Discussion on what we learned about Physics at CSU
4:40 p.m. Closing Remarks


Contact: Emily Wilmsen
E-mail: emily.wilmsen@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-2336