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Workshop: Scientific Ballooning Technologies

Following on the successful format of the last four workshops, the scope of the 2023 workshop includes (but is not limited to) gondola design, experiment-wide data acquisition and control systems, attitude control systems, on-board control software both for the attitude control and for the entire experiment, on-board computer hardware, power systems, telemetry systems, and thermal design and control.

This workshop should be particularly appealing for those who are designing and building hardware, and those interested in synergies between the activities of different ballooning groups. It is intended to provide an opportunity for all hands-on ballooning practitioners, from graduate students to senior investigators, to discuss the technologies we are all using to carry out our scientific investigations. 

Full details on the Conference website.

 

Workshop: 50 Years of Supersymmetry

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, please contact ftpi@umn.edu.

Workshop: 50 Years of Supersymmetry

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, please contact ftpi@umn.edu.

Workshop: Scientific Ballooning Technologies

Following on the successful format of the last four workshops, the scope of the 2023 workshop includes (but is not limited to) gondola design, experiment-wide data acquisition and control systems, attitude control systems, on-board control software both for the attitude control and for the entire experiment, on-board computer hardware, power systems, telemetry systems, and thermal design and control.

This workshop should be particularly appealing for those who are designing and building hardware, and those interested in synergies between the activities of different ballooning groups. It is intended to provide an opportunity for all hands-on ballooning practitioners, from graduate students to senior investigators, to discuss the technologies we are all using to carry out our scientific investigations. 

For a better idea of the content expected at this event, please check out the previous workshops and presentations, available under the Past Events tab.

Wednesday, 5/17/2023, Times are CST Topic / Title      
    Chair:   Wednesday Morning 1 - Agency Reviews Presenter Affiliation Abstract
    0:50 8:00 8:50 Breakfast      
    0:10 8:50 9:00 Opening Remarks Hanany UMN None
    0:20 9:00 9:20 NASA Scientific Balloon Program, HQ Perspective Hams NASA HQ Abstract Link
    0:20 9:20 9:40 Updates from the NASA Balloon Program Office Roth BPO Abstract Link
    0:15 9:40 9:55 NASA's Balloon Working Group Kogut Goddard Abstract Link
    0:15 9:55 10:10 BPIRT update Jones Princeton To Be Posted
    0:20 10:10 10:30 Break      
    Chair:   Wednesday Morning 2 - Multi-Purpose Platforms Presenter Affiliation Abstract
    0:20 10:30 10:50 An update of the CNES stratospheric balloon projects Dubourg CNES Abstract Link
    0:20 10:50 11:10 NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program: Leveraging Flight Tests with Commercial Flight Providers to Advance Science and Technology deLeon

NASA Flight Opportunities

Abstract Link
    0:20 11:10 11:30 Panel (Young moderates): GHAPS (Tibor Kremic), BLAST (Erin Cox), SuperBit (Bill Jones), HASP (Chris Groppi/ASU), ESBO (Maier); Laflamme (CSA)  
    0:20 11:30 11:50  
    0:10 11:50 12:00  
    1:10 12:00 13:10 Lunch Break      
    Chair:   Wednesday afternoon 1 - Flight Programs Presenter Affiliation Abstract
    0:20 13:10 13:30 Developing GUSTO within the Explorer program Walker UArizona Abstract Link
    0:20 13:30 13:50 Developing PUEO within the Pioneer program Vieregg UChicago Abstract Link
    0:15 13:50 14:10 What's new in Timmins Vincent CSA Abstract Link
    0:15 14:10 14:25 Esrange Space Center for Scientific Balloning Abrahamsson SSC Abstract Link
    0:20 14:25 14:45 Opportunities for Middle to Lower Stratosphere Flights Smith Aerostar Abstract Link
    0:30 14:45 15:15 Break + Posters      
    Chair:   Wednesday afternoon 2 - Atmosphere Presenter Affiliation Abstract
    0:20 15:15 15:35 Polar Mesospheric Clouds - potential problems and opportunities for polar balloon experiments Kjellstrand ASU Abstract Link
    0:20 15:35 15:55 Radiative Consideration of Earth’s Stratosphere Modeled with MODTRAN and SAMM Corlies Spectral Sciences Abstract Link
    0:20 15:55 16:15 A Study on the Effects of Ambient Radiation on COTS Balloon-borne Instrumentation Romualdez StarSpec Abstract Link
    0:20 16:15 16:35 The effects of atmospheric scattering on balloon-borne X-ray/gamma-ray observations Shih Goddard Abstract Link
    0:20 16:35 16:55 An update on a balloon Trajectory Control System (TCS) for NASA standard balloons Yoder BPO Abstract Link
    0:40 16:55 17:35 Summary + Discussion (Moderator: Kierans)

Physics Force in Rochester

The Physics Force is an outreach program run through the University of Minnesota. Our greatest success is generating an interest in science in K-12 students. We go above and beyond to educate and entertain. The Physics Force does performances on a grand scale to bring excitement and wonder to the thousands of students who attend our shows every year. The show lasts approximately one hour and is appropriate for people of all ages.

Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Clone of Quark Confiement Workshop

Wednesday, May 3rd

9:00 am – 9:30 am        Grant Remmen
9:30 am – 9:40 am        Questions

9:40 am – 10:10 am      Coffee

10:10 am – 11:10 am    Four 10+5 talks:

(1) TBD
(2) Gabriel Cuomo
(3) Maria Neuzil
(4) Yuan Xin

11:10 am – 11:25 am    Short talk questions

11:25 am – 1:30 pm      Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm        Georg Bergner
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm        Questions

2:10 pm – 2:40 pm        Coffee

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm        Etsuko Itou
3:10 pm – 3:20 pm        Questions

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm        Coffee         

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Colloquium by David Gross
                                      John T. Tate Hall
                                      116 Church St SE
                                      Room - B50

Registration is required for workshop and registration is now closed.

https://cse.umn.edu/ftpi/quark-confinement

Erikson Lecture: David Gross, Kavli Institute, UCSB

ABSTRACT:  Quantum Chromodynamics is fifty years old this year. I shall discuss the past, present and future of this remarkable theory.

The strong nuclear force is responsible for existence and masses of the building blocks of matter, protons and neutrons.  Protons and neutrons are made of quarks, and the nuclear force between quarks is that it grows with distance, so that quarks are confined to be inside of protons and neutrons.  This phenomenon was first understood in a famous paper on April 27, 1973, and its groundbreaking nature led to a 2004 Physics Nobel Prize for its authors David Gross and Frank Wilczek, along with David Politzer.  On May 3, 2023, which is 50 years later, almost to the day, Professor David Gross will give a talk about Quark Confinement here at UMN, reviewing the present and future of quantum chromodynamics, the quantum field theory of the strong nuclear force.
 

Quark Confiement Workshop

Tuesday, May 2nd

8:50 am – 9:00 am        Welcome Remarks

9:00 am – 9:30 am        Raju Venugopalan
9:30 am – 9:40 am        Questions

9:40 am – 10:10 am      Coffee

10:10 am – 11:10 am    Four 10+5 talks:

(1) Shi Chen
(2) TBD
(3) Fedor Popov
(4) Bastain Brandt

11:10 am – 11:25 am    Short talk questions

11:25 am – 1:30 pm      Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm        Theo Jacobson
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm        Questions

2:10 pm – 2:40 pm        Coffee

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm        Ross Dempsey
3:10 pm – 3:20 pm        Questions

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm        Coffee

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm        Martin Kruczenski
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm        Questions

Registration is required for workshop and registration is now closed.

https://cse.umn.edu/ftpi/quark-confinement

Methods of Experimental Physics Poster Session

Everyone is invited!

Colloquium: Nuh Gedik, MIT

Student scholarship/fellowship award ceremony before colloquium.

Abstract:  Materials typically undergo phase changes as a function of external parameters such as temperature, pressure or magnetic field. Light can also be used to both switch between equilibrium phases and to create new photo-induced states that may have no equilibrium counterparts. Even though there are fascinating examples of photoinduced phase transitions, the detailed microscopic mechanisms and overarching principles that govern these are still not known. In this talk, I will describe how we used ultrashort laser pulses to capture light induced melting and recovery of a charge density wave phase with femtosecond time resolution. During this process, a new state that does not exist in equilibrium is also transiently created. In a different material, I will show how circularly polarized light can induce and detect a chiral phase of electrons. Understanding light induced phase transitions could pave the way for optical engineering of new quantum states of matter.





 

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