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  • Title: Quantum-Gas Physics in Orbit: Prospects for Microgravity Bose-Einstein Condensates Aboard NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory

    Abstract: Notions of geometry, topology, and dimensionality have directed the historical development of quantum-gas physics, as has a relentless search for longer-lived matter-wave coherence and lower absolute temperature.  With a toolbox of forces for confinement, guiding, and excitation, physicists have used quantum gases to...

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  • Title: Irradiation Cycles and the Evolution of Pulsar Binaries  (Video)

    Abstract: Rapid advances in the field of pulsar astronomy have spurred theoretical efforts to devise models explaining the formation and evolution of a multitude of different classes of binary pulsars. Of special interest has been the discovery of neutron stars in these binaries with masses of approximately 2 Msun or...

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  • Title: Convection of Low-Mass Stars  (Video)

    Abstract: A majority of stars in the Galaxy are low-mass main-sequence stars. These stars are fusing hydrogen in their core and have convective outer layers. Convection is an important physical process that controls the transport of energy within low-mass stars. Therefore, convection influences the whole of a star's interior structure and many of a star's observable properties....

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  • Title: Extragalactic Archeology  (Video)

    Abstract: One of the primary avenues for understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies is through studying their stellar populations.  A new generation of  tools that we have been developing are now capable of measuring an unprecedented amount of information from high quality spectra of galaxies.  In this talk I will present results from an...

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  • A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will aid astrophysicist Ryan Hickox in his quest to understand “hidden monsters.”   The “monsters” Hickox studies are supermassive black holes, and the grant, a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, offers five years of support for his project, titled “The Hidden Monsters: Cosmic Evolution of Obscured Supermassive Black Holes.”  The “monsters” Hickox studies are supermassive black holes, and the grant, a Faculty Early...

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  • The Dartmouth Physics Society has invited Professor Timothy Smith (http://www.trailnotes.org/) to give a talk on proton therapy. He will be talking about his research with accelerators for cancer treatment.  The talk will take place on Wednesday, January 13th, at 4 pm in the Wilder blue room.

    Directions: Wilder is the building in between Richardson dorm and Fairchild. Enter the big...

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  • A new machine for cooling atoms to ultra-low temperatures has come online in the Wright lab. The machine is is somewhat fittingly located directly below the location in Wilder Hall where the pressure of light was first measured at Dartmouth in 1901 by E. F. Nichols and G. F.Hull, and it uses radiation pressure from carefully tuned lasers to capture and cool a dilute gas of lithium atoms.   The...

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  • Dartmouth College is seeking a Teaching Laboratories Technician, who will work in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, supporting the undergraduate teaching labs and other department needs, setting up labs, maintaining computers, equipment, and lab rooms, building lab replacement parts, ordering equipment, overseeing students filming classes, editing and processing video files, assisting the lab manager with developing new labs, supporting professors and staff with technical problems,...

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  • Astronomy Seminar
    Thursday, October 15, 2015
    10:00 am, Wilder 202

    Allison Kirkpatrick
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Title: "What Lies Beneath: Dust Obscured Star Formation and Black Hole Growth"

    Abstract:
    The evolution of massive dusty galaxies is driven internally by AGN growth and star formation, but due to the copious amounts of dust, it is often impossible to observe these processes directly. Instead, we must disentangle information about...

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  • Neutrinos are elusive, shape-shifting subatomic particles—probably  the smallest particles in the universe. They are quintessentially Star Trek and also the stuff of real science. They even won a Nobel Prize for two physicists this year. Several Dartmouth faculty share their thoughts on the mystery of neutrinos. Read more...

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