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2014 Fall Schedule

This page is for the LASP Science Seminars Fall 2014 Series. See upcoming talks listed below. We still have open slots and are actively recruiting new speakers. If you or a colleague would like to give a seminar this fall, please contact the Seminar Organizer Mikki Osterloo (firstname.lastname at LASP seminars are held every Thursday at 4:00 PM in the SPSC building, generally in room W120. Refreshments are served at 3:45. All LASP science seminars are open to visitors and our colleagues in other departments.

Current Schedule:

Current Schedule (expanded):

6/12/2014 Seminar – The Atmospheric Circulation of Pluto and Trition as Predicted by a General Circulation Model

Speaker:   Angela Zalucha (SETI Institute)
Date & Time:   6/12 ,  4:00pm Location: SPSC N248

A variety of previous studies have investigated the 1D vertical temperature-pressure profiles of Pluto and Triton’s atmospheres, while another class of models has investigated the bulk north-south transport of volatiles on these worlds.  However, only recently have modern, 3D general circulation models (GCMs) been applied to Pluto and Triton. GCMs are global models that solve […]

7/24/2014 Seminar – The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission and the Radio & Plasma Wave Investigation (RPWI)

Speaker:   Jan-Erik Wahlund (Swedish Institute of Space Physics)
Date & Time:   7/24 ,  4:00pm Location: SPSC N248

The ESA JUICE mission and its science objectives will be outlined. The RPWI instrument, methods and science objectives will be described in somewhat more detail with frequent examples from the Cassini RPWS/Langmuir probe results in the inner plasma disk of Saturn and Enceladus plume. The JUICE mission is now ending the phase A/B1, and approach […]

8/7/2014 Seminar – Flare Clustering – The Non-Random Nature of the GOES Data

Speaker:   Alan Title (Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab)
Date & Time:   8/7 ,  4:00pm Location: SPSC W120

Since the mid 1970’s the statistics of flares has been intensively examined because of the clues that they might provide on both flare origins and flare prediction. A scientific debate has continued for more than 40 years in spite of the fact that most papers relay entirely or in part on the X-ray flare data […]

8/28/2014 Seminar – From balloons to the volcano: a journey into high spatial resolution solar physics

Speaker:   V. Martinez Pillet (NSO)
Date & Time:   8/28 ,  4:00pm Location: SPSC W120

The spatial resolutions and sensitivities achieved in today’s solar observations are still far from where the physics of the Sun indicate they need to be. Present day efforts concentrate in 1m-class telescopes that are becoming available, including the balloon-borne SUNRISE telescope. In the future, the NSO-led 4m aperture Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST, under […]

10/2/2014 Seminar – Development and in-orbit testing of an X-ray detector on BeEagleSAT, a 2U CubeSat

Speaker:   Emrah Kalemci (Sabanci University, Turkey)
Date & Time:   10/2 ,  4:00pm Location: SPSC W120

A CdZnTe based semiconductor X-ray detector (XRD) and its associated readout electronics is developed by the High Energy Astrophysics Detector Laboratory of Sabanci University, and Space Systems Design Laboratory of Istanbul Technical University, along with an SME partner. The detector will utilize 30 orthogonal cross strip electrodes (and 3 steering electrodes in between anodes) whose […]

10/9/2014 Seminar – UV Spectroscopy of the Titan Airglow and Molecular Nitrogen Gas

Speaker:   Joe Ajello (JPL/ Caltech)
Date & Time:   10/9 ,  4:00pm Location: LSTB 299

There are four nitrogen-bearing atmospheres in the solar system: Titan, Triton, Earth, and Pluto. The complex UV airglow signature of N2 and its dissociation products from the thermosphere and exobase from these planetary atmospheres are the principal means of studying the solar and magnetospheric energy inputs, chemistry and atmospheric evolution from volatile escape. The present-day […]

10/23/2014 Seminar – The early evolution of the Moon: Looking beneath the surface with GRAIL gravity data

Speaker:   Jeff Andrews-Hanna (Colorado School of Mines)
Date & Time:   10/23 ,  4:00 pm Location: SPSC W120

The geological record of the earliest history of the Moon is poorly preserved as a result of the heavy impact bombardment of the surface prior to 3.7 Ga.  However, the signatures of early lunar evolution are preserved in the subsurface.  Recent data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission is providing a view […]

10/30/2014 Seminar – Io: Jupiter’s volcanic wonderland told through the story of its atmosphere

Speaker:   Constantine Tsang (SwRI)
Date & Time:   10/30 ,  4:00 pm Location: SPSC W120

The grandfather of active geologic processes in our solar system, which now seem more commonplace than not with active plumes on Enceladus and tantalizingly on Europa, was Io and its volcanoes. Io is host to hundreds of active volcanoes, large and small, and the plume fallout from these eruptions leads to the coloration of its […]

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