Events this week

Monday, December 15

Theoretical Astrophysics Seminars
Location: UCB – Hearst Field Annex B5, 12:10 p.m.
Speaker: Alyson Brooks (Rutgers)
Title: “Re-examining Astrophysical Constraints on the Dark Matter Model”

4D Seminars – no seminar today

Physics Department Colloquium - no colloquium today

Tuesday, December 16

Berkeley Cosmology Seminars - no seminar today

String Seminar – no seminar today

Physics RPM
Location: LBNL – 50A-5132, 4 p.m.
Speaker: Adam Anderson (MIT)
Title: “Maximizing the Reach of SuperCDMS for Dark Matter Detection”
Abstract: The SuperCDMS experiment at the Soudan Underground Laboratory is designed to detect dark matter directly by its interactions in cryogenic germanium detectors. The detectors measure particle interactions using ionization and athermal phonon signals, whose topology allows for powerful rejection of radioactive backgrounds. In this talk, I will review recent SuperCDMS results focused on light dark matter, which use multivariate analysis techniques to maximize the reach of the dataset. In light of this analysis, we are now pursuing a reanalysis using improved simulations, performing new background calibrations, and developing a novel cryogenic veto detector to suppress backgrounds in future dark matter searches. I will also discuss plans for a larger array of SuperCDMS germanium and silicon detectors to be installed in SNOLAB.

Wednesday, December 17

BOSS Lunch
Location: LBNL – 50B-4205

Particle Theory Seminar - no seminar today

String Group Meetingno meeting today

Location: LBNL, 50-5026, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 18

Astronomy Colloquium - no colloquium today

Physics Research Progress Meeting
Location: LBNL – 50A-5132, 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Marius Millea (UC-Davis)
Title: “Planck 2014 Constraints on the Cosmic Neutrino(-like) Background”
The Planck 2014 results include the tightest measurements to-date of cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature and polarization anisotropies up to few-arc-minute angular scales. I will give a broad overview of the cosmology results from these data, with particular focus on what we have learned about the cosmic neutrino background (CNB). The new data allow more precise answers to questions such as: (1) How much energy, parameterized by N_eff, is contained in the CNB? (2) What is the sum of the masses of the particles making up the CNB? and (3) Are these particles really neutrinos, i.e., do they free-stream like neutrinos? One possibility I will explore is if some component of the CNB actually comes from axions or axion-like particles. Recent improvements in CMB and BBN data are shedding new light on this scenario. Finally, I will discuss the status of agreement between Planck results and other cosmological probes such as BAO, H0, and low redshift structure measurements, and how the CNB may play a role in resolving tensions between some of them.

Friday, December 19

INPA Seminar – no seminar today

BCCP Seminars

There are no BCCP events scheduled at this time. UC Berkeley Fall semester’s last day of instruction is December 12. UC Berkeley and LBNL will be closed for winter holiday break December 24 – January 1. Please check back for BCCP scheduled events and other events of interest.

** Happy Holidays! **

BCCP events this week

There are no BCCP events scheduled for this week. UC Berkeley Fall semester’s last day of instruction is December 12. UC Berkeley and LBNL will be closed for winter holiday break December 24 – January 1. Please check back for scheduled events.

** Happy Holidays! **

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Visitors Program

We maintain an active program for visiting scholars. BCCP hosts visitors at all levels, from senior scientists to postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates. If you would like to visit BCCP, please fill out the form here.

Longer term visits involving collaborative activities with BCCP members are especially encouraged. BCCP can provide financial support for longer term visitors working with BCCP members on BCCP related projects. The applications are reviewed by a committee several times a year. All decisions are based on the availability of space and funding.

Fall 2014

  • Airam Marcos-Caballero (IFCA, Spain) – September 14-December 14
  • Miguel Zumalacárregui (University of Heidelberg) – September
  • Zvonimir Vlah (Univ of Zurich, ITP) – November 1-December 15

Summer 2014

  • Louis Garrigue (ENS-Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) – March 17-July 11
  • Jeremy Tinker (NYU) – June 17-August 21
  • Tamara Davis (U of Queensland) – June 24-27
  • Geraint Lewis (U of Sydney) – June 26-27

Spring 2014

  • Evan Scannapieco (ASU) – January 3-May 31
  • Irshad Mohammed (University of Zurich) – January 9-June 30
  • Miguel Zumalacárregui (University of Heidelberg) – January 22-February 10
  • Paul Shellard (University of Cambridge) – February 6-7
  • Arka Banerjee (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) – February 9-22
  • Tong-Jie Zhang (Beijing Normal University) – February 27-May 27
  • Zvonimir Vlah (Univ of Zurich, ITP) – March 3-April 2
  • Louis Garrigue (ENS-Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) – March 17-July 11
  • Neal Dalal (Univ of Illinois) – March 26-28
  • Steffen Hess (AIP, Leibnitz Inst for Astrophysics, Potsdam) – May 12-22

Fall 2013

  • Elizabeth Krause (U Penn) – September 10-11
  • Zvonimir Vlah (Univ of Zurich, ITP) – September 17-December 20
  • Michael Kopp (LMU) – October 28-November 2
  • Juliana Kwan (Argonne National Lab) – November 13-22
  • Amol Upadhye (Argonne National Lab) – November 13-December 20
  • Teppei Okumura (IEU Korea) – November 13-30
  • Jonathan Blazek (OSU) – December 5-13

Summer 2013

  • Azadeh M. Dizgah (SUNY-Buffalo) – May 16-July 16
  • Jeremy Tinker (NYU) – May 30-August 20
  • Sudeep Das (Argonne National Lab) – July 9-27
  • Daniel Holz (Chicago) – August 27-28
  • Neal Dalal (Illinois) – August 30,
  • Wayne Hu (Chicago) – August 29-30
  • Joel Johansson (Stockholm) – August 29-30

Spring 2013

  • Alireza Hojjati (IEU Korea) – January 14-February 5
  • Chris Blake (Swinburne) – January 14-February 5
  • Tamara Davis (Queensland) – January 14-18
  • Morag Scrimgeour (Western Australia) – January 14 -
  • Sudeep Das (Argonne National Lab) – January 28-31
  • Chiaki Hikage (Nagoya University) – February 10-16
  • Miguel Zumalacarregui (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) – February 15-22
  • Jaiyul Yoo (Univ. of Zurich) – February 23 – April 27
  • Laura Baudis (Univ. of Zurich) – April 26-May 4

Fall 2012

  • Stephen Appleby (IEU Korea) – October 7-26, 2012
  • Roland de Putter (Caltech/JPL) – October 19-25, 2012
  • David Pietrobon (JPL) – October 19-26, 2012
  • Tobias Baldauf (ITP, University of Zurich) – September 12-December 9, 2012
  • Johan Samsing (DARK Cosmology Centre, Copenhagen) – February-December 2012
  • Masanori Sato (Nagoya University, Japan) – October 5 – November 22, 2012
  • Andreu Font (University of Zurich) – November-December 2012
  • Teppei Okumura (Institute for the Early Universe, Seoul, Korea) – November 5-December 21, 2012