Workshop on First Experiments at NSLS-II, August 12-13
To encourage the development of early science at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), the Photon Sciences Directorate is hosting the NSLS-II First-Experiments Workshop, August 12-13, 2013. We welcome the broad community of light source users to this workshop.
May 1, 2013
Berkner Hall, BNL
Research at CERN -
Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director-General, CERN, Switzerland
With the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, particle physics entered a new era. The LHC will provide a deeper understanding of the universe and the insights gained could change our view of the world, and the talk will present some of the reasons for the excitement surrounding the LHC. The LHC is expected to yield insights into the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter and into many other key questions. This lecture will address the exciting physics prospects offered by the LHC, present first results, in particular the recent discovery of a new 'Higgs-like' Boson, and also a look forward.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.
May 2, 2013
Simons Center Auditorium, room 103
LSST: New Science Frontiers
Tony Tyson, LSST, Physics Department, University of California, Davis, CA
Expected to be on the sky by 2020, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope system will produce a 6-color wide-field ultra deep astronomical survey of the southern sky. Using an 8.4-meter telescope and a 3200 megapixel camera, each night LSST will obtain multiple images covering a wide swath of sky visible from its location on Cerro Pachón in northern Chile. The LSST leverages innovative technology in all subsystems. Fifteen terabytes of data will be produced nightly, and alerts issued worldwide within 60 seconds for objects that change in position or brightness.
The history of astronomy has taught us repeatedly that there are surprises whenever we view the sky in a new way. With an unprecedented combination of fast sky coverage and depth, LSST’s color movie of our universe makes it possible to attack high-priority scientific questions that are far beyond the reach of any existing or planned facility. LSST’s science will rely on the statistical precision obtainable with billions of objects, opening a new window on a universe of faint moving and distant exploding objects, as well as exploring the exciting new physics of dark energy with eight types of probes.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
In preparation for the completion of the Large Synoptic Sky telescope (LSST) and its start-up of data taking in 2018 SBU and BNL are collaborating in building up the scientific strength in cosmology. To this end the group started a joint seminar in cosmology in the spring semester 2013.
The joint SB/BNL Cosmology seminar happens biweekly with hosting alternating between SB and BNL. We encourage interested parties from both institutions to attend seminars at both institutions
Seminar is scheduled on select Wednesdays at 2:30pm in the Earth and Space Science (ESS) building, Room 450 (i.e. in the regular Stony Brook Astronomy seminar slot). It is followed by a discussion with wine & cheese, followed by the dinner with the speaker.
Seminar is scheduled on select Thursdays at 3:00pm in the small seminar room in the Physics Department (Building 510) (i.e. in the regular BNL Particle Physics Seminar slot). It is followed by discussion with cookies & tea (sorry, no alcohol before 5pm at the lab) in the Large Seminar Room lounge (4.15-5), followed by the dinner with the speaker.
US citizens with a valid government issued ID (i.e. driver's licence) can access the site by showing their ID to the gate militia stating that they are visiting this event. Non-US citizens need to obtain BNL guest registration here. Specify Anze Slosar as host and LSST as the group.
|2/13/13||SB||Michael Kuhlen, UC Berkeley||Most Matter is Dark Matter, but that's not all that Matters||Abstract,Slides|
|2/21/13||BNL||John Peterson, Purdue||Simulating the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope One Photon at a Time||Abstract,Slides|
|3/6/13||SB||Michael Blanton, NYU||The Future of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey||Abstract,Slides|
|3/21/13||BNL||Aravind Natarajan, Carnegie Mellon||The nature of dark matter from direct and indirect searches||Abstract,Slides|
|4/3/13||SB||Kendrick Smith, Princeton||First cosmology results from Planck||Abstract,Slides|
|4/18/13||BNL||Scott Dodelson, Fermilab||Cosmology Post-Planck||Abstract,Slides|
|5/1/13||BNL||Marc Kamionkowski, JHU||Cosmology Beyond Power Spectra||Abstract,Slides|
|5/15/13||SB||Cameron McBride, Harvard||Building a cosmic distance ladder with BOSS galaxies||Abstract|
Contact: Neelima Seghal (neelima.sehgal & stonybrook.edu) and Anže Slosar (anze & bnl.gov)