Colloquia from 2006 - 2007

for the Academic Year 2006-2007
(1 July 2006 - 30 June 2007)
DATE/TIME SPEAKER TITLE / Host

Talks are listed in DESCENDING date order.

Those that are greyed-out have already taken place.

Physics and Astronomy talks are held on THURSDAYS at 1:30 p.m. in PAB 123.

Exceptions are noted in RED.

January to July 2007: 
MONDAY
May 7
1:30 p.m.
Rm 115 ChB
- CANCELLED -
Dr. Arkady Major
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
Ultrafast Optical Highway: Speeding Up Towards Advanced Biomedical Applications
THURSDAY
May 3
11:00 a.m.
Rm 115 ChB
Dr. Brian West
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
McGill University
Next-Generation Photonic Devices - Non-Reciprocal and Plasmonic
WEDNESDAY
May 2
3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Brian West
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
McGill University
The Bragg reflection waveguide — Analytical properties and application to nonlinear frequency conversion
TUESDAY
May 1
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
- CANCELLED -
659 Graduate Seminar
Iftekhar-ul Haque
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Spectral Properties of Synthetic Opal Photonic Crystals”
MONDAY
April 30
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Peter Komorowski
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Equivalence - From Misadventure to General Relativity”
Thursday
April 26
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
IDI Research Initiatives
B. Chronik, S. Basu, P. Brown, S. Mittler
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives: The Physics & Astronomy Department's response”

Host: Martin Zinke-Allmang
WEDNESDAY
April 18

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Trinh Nguyen
Western Physics & Astronomy
"Spin-wave excitations in ferromagnetic nanostructures


Supervisor: M Cottam
MONDAY
April 16

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
MSc Public Lecture
Armin Dehghan
Western Physics & Astronomy
"Turbulence Measurements by Wind Profiler Radar in Southwestern Ontario


Supervisor: W Hocking
Thursday
April 5
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. David Gray
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of Western Ontario
“Cepheid variables, a new approach to measuring their radius changes”

Host: Paul Wiegert

WEDNESDAY
April 4
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Simon de Vet
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Friction and Thin Gravity Driven Granular Flows”
FRIDAY
March 30
7:30 p.m.
Rm 55 Western Science Centre
4th Annual
Planetary Science Distinguished Public Lecture


Dr. Jim Bell
Astronomy Department
Cornell University
“The (Endless?)
Scientific Adventures of ...
The Spirit and Opportunity Rovers”



Host: Peter Brown

Lecture: 7:30 p.m. in WSC 55
Public Reception: 8:30 in PAB 123

FRIDAY
March 30
6:30 p.m.
Rm 55 Western Science Centre
Annual
Elizabeth Laird Lecture


Dr. Anne M. Thompson
Department of Meteorology
Penn State University
“OZONE: the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the Atmosphere”


Host: Wayne Hocking

Lecture at 6:30 p.m. in WSC 55
Public Reception: 8:30 in PAB 123
FRIDAY
March 30
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Jim Bell
Astronomy Department
Cornell University
“Mars Exploration Rovers: Overview of Geologic, Geochemical, and Mineralogic Results”

Host: Peter Brown

Thursday
March 29
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Jamal Sakhr
Physics Dept
Harvard University
The Wigner distribution: a statistical signature of chaos in 2D classical and quantum mechanics

Host: Shantanu Basu

TUESDAY
March 27
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Felix Oppong
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Interfacial rheology of structured fluids: Technique & applications”
FRIDAY
March 23
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Giles Santyr
Scientist, Imaging Research Laboratories
Robarts Research Institute &
Medical Biophysics Dept.
University of Western Ontario
“Hyperpolarized noble gas magnetic resonance imaging of lungs”

Host: Eugene Wong

TUESDAY
March 20
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Hoa Nguyen
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Brillouin light scattering applied to vibrational and magnetic waves in nanostructures”
Thursday
March 15
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Les Woods
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics (Theory of Plasma)
& Fellow of Balliol College,
University of Oxford
“Heating the Solar Corona by Plasma Loops”

Host: Shantanu Basu

TUESDAY
March 13
1:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Chris Mokry
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Luminescent mechanisms of silicon nanocrystals”
FRIDAY
March 9

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Hao Peng
Western Physics & Astronomy
"Investigation of new approaches to combined positron emission tomography and magetic resonance imaging systems


Supervisors: P. Simpson/B. Chronik
Thursday
March 8
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Brett Gladman
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of British Columbia
“Rogue planets in the outer Solar System”

Host: Peter Brown/Paul Wiegert

WEDNESDAY
March 7
2:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Abdollah Hassanzadeh
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Variable-angle total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy”
TUESDAY
March 6
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Shailesh Nene
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“The effect of antifreeze proteins and polymers to control the crystallization of gas hydrates and ice crystals”
MONDAY
March 5
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Gordon Osinski
Canadian Space Agency
Space Sciences Division
Mars on Earth – Exploring other worlds begins by exploring our own

A Joint Presentation
of the Earth Sciences and
Physics & Astronomy Depts.

Host: Peter Brown
Thursday
March 1
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Doug Johnstone
National Research Council Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
“Understanding how star formation proceeds in the Perseus and Ophiuchus molecular clouds”

Host: Shantanu Basu

Thursday
February 22
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Michael Kolios
CRC Tier II - Biomedical Applications of Ultrasound
Department of Physics
Ryerson University
High frequency ultrasound imaging and spectroscopy: Applications to cancer treatment monitoring

Host: Eugene Wong

FRIDAY
February 16
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Robert Weryk
UWO Physics & Astronomy
“Meteor spectra evidence for sodium free meteoroid populations”
Thursday
February 15
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Doug Welch
Physics & Astronomy Dept
McMaster University
“New science from ancient supernova light echoes”

Host: Paul Wiegert

FRIDAY
February 9
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Kaley Walker
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
“Spectroscopy from orbit: Using remote sensing to study the Earth's atmosphere”

Host: Bob Sica

Thursday
February 8
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Robert Batterman
Department of Philosophy
University of Western Ontario
“Idealization and Modeling”

Host: Eugene Wong

FRIDAY
February 2
10:30 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Sarah Gallagher
UCLA
Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics
“Fast winds and warm dust: Mid-infrared views of quasar outflows”

Host: John de Bruyn

Thursday
February 1
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. John Vaillancourt
Physics Department
California Institute of Technology
“Dust polarization in the interstellar medium”

Host: Martin Houde

WEDNESDAY
January 31
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Jamu Alford
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Theory and practice of proton electron double resonance imaging
MONDAY
January 29
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Jan Cami
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of Western Ontario
“Molecular gas and dust around evolved stars”

Host: John de Bruyn

Thursday
January 25
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Phil McCausland
Earth Sciences Dept
University of Western Ontario
“Mission to planet “meteorite:” Reconnaissance sampling of the Solar System without a spacecraft”

Host: Paul Wiegert

WEDNESDAY
January 24
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Eduard Vorobyov
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of Western Ontario
“Dynamics of disks from protostellar to galactic scales”

Host: John de Bruyn

MONDAY
January 22
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Brenda Matthews
Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
National Research Council of Canada
Debris disks around low mass stars: Environments, planet formation and grain growth

Host: John de Bruyn

FRIDAY
January 19
10:30 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Vincent Fish
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico
“Probing massive star forming regions with Masers”

Host: John deBruyn

Thursday
January 18
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Alex Buchel
Applied Mathematics Dept
University of Western Ontario
“Strongly coupled nuclear plasma and String Theory”

Host: Paul Wiegert

Thursday
January 11
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Alison Sills
Physics & Astronomy Dept
McMaster University
“Secrets from the Stellar Nursery”

Host: Paul Wiegert

WEDNESDAY
January 10
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Evgenya Shkolnik
University of Hawaii at Manoa
NASA Astrobiology Institute
“Magnetized Exoplanets”

Host: John de Bruyn

July through December 2006: 
Thursday
December 14
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Doug ReVelle
Atmospheric, Climate & Environmental Dynamics Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory
New Mexico
NEO Fireball diversity: Entry modeling and analysis techniques

Host: Peter Brown

MONDAY
December 11
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Kevin Brown
Western Physics & Astronomy
“Long term spectroscopic and precise radial velocity monitoring of Arcturus”


Supervisor: D. Gray
FRIDAY
December 8
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Bernhard Menges
Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research - Mainz, Germany

CANCELLED
UWO CLOSED - SNOW DAY
“Swelling behaviour of smart hydrogels: a QCM-D, evanescent ellipsometry and OWS/SPR study”

Host: Silvia Mittler

TUESDAY
December 5
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
MSc Public Lecture
Adam Farag
Western Physics & Astronomy

“Search for seismically-ggenerated atmospheric infrasound waves at the hydroxyle-airglow using OH scanning radiometer”


Supervisor: R. Lowe

FRIDAY
December 1
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. J. J. Kavelaars
National Research Council Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
“The structure of the outer solar system; constraining the early evolution of the giant planets”

Host: Peter Brown

Thursday
November 30
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Keith St. Lawrence
Lawson Imaging Scientist
Lawson Health Research Institute
The development and application of non-invasive methods for studying brain hemodynamics and metabolism

Host: Eugene Wong

FRIDAY
November 24
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Alexander (Aleks) Scholz
Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Toronto
“The infancy of brown dwarfs: Accretion and dusty disks

Host: Shantanu Basu

Thursday
November 23
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Graydon Raymer  
Western Medical Biophysics Dept. and Lawson Health Research Institute (Imaging Div.)
“Investigating human muscle metabolism during exercise with magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy”

Host: Bob Sica

TUESDAY
November 21
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
MSc Public Lecture
Tushar Das
Western Physics & Astronomy
"Magnetostatic modes in nanometer-sized magnetic wires, anti-wires and rings"


Supervisor: M. Cottam
Thursday
November 16
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Gregg Wade
Associate Professor of Physics
Royal Military College of Canada
“Invisible fingers in the pudding: magnetic fields and stellar activity”

Host: John Landstreet

Thursday
November 9
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Eduard Vorobyov
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of Western Ontario
“The Boltzmann moment equation approach for the dynamics of collisionless systems”

Host: Paul Wiegert

Thursday
November 2
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Bill Baylis
Physics Department
University of Windsor
Classical Eigenspinors: An Approach to the Q/C Interface

Host: Paul Wiegert

Thursday
October 26
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Trevor Carey-Smith
Air Quality Research Division
Environment Canada
“Stratosphere-troposphere exchange: Results from investigations using wind-profiling radars, balloon-borne in-situ measurements and a Lagrangian particle dispersion model”

Hosts: Bob Sica / Wayne Hocking

Thursday
October 19
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Paul Wiegert
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of Western Ontario
“PRIME: Canada's mission to Mars”
FRIDAY
October 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 116 B&G
Dr. Paul. F. Hoffman
Sturgis Hooper Prof of Geology
Harvard University
Geological Record of a Global Glaciation on the Great Otavi Carbonate Bank, Namibia

A Joint Presentation
of the Earth Sciences and
Physics & Astronomy Depts.
MONDAY
Sept 25
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Lyudmila Goncharova
Physics & Astronomy
Rutgers University

"Ion Scattering Study of Oxygen Transport and Reactions in Electronic Materials"

Host: John de Bruyn
FRIDAY
September 22
3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
ASTRONOMY GROUP "Meet 'n Greet"
Physics & Astronomy Department
"... students, faculty, post-docs
- meet and chat, find out what interesting research is going on
in our offices and labs "


Host: Prof. Paul Wiegert
Thursday
September 21
1:30 p.m.

Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Lucia Florescu
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
"Light propogation and generation in complex photonic systems"

Host: John de Bruyn
MONDAY
September 18
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Connie Roth
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Northwestern University
"Mobility of polymer molecules in confined geometries: Impact of free surface and substrate interactions on thin polymer films"

Host: John de Bruyn
FRIDAY
September 15
9:00 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Scott Barrie
Western Physics & Astronomy
"The density matrix model in photonic bandgap materials and antiferromagnetic materials"


Supervisor: M. Singh
Thursday
September 14
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. G.P. Srivastava
Professor of Theoretical
Condensed Matter Physics
School of Physics
University of Exeter in the U.K.
“Nanowires and nanotubes: theoretical modeling of some properties”


Host: Mahi Singh
TUESDAY
September 12
1:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Kelly Shorlin
Western Physics & Astronomy
"Thermodynamics and kinetics of clustering on surfaces"


Supervisor: M. Zinke-Allmang
MONDAY
July 31
2:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Gerhard Brauer
Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research,
Semiconductor Materials Division
Forschungszentrum Rossendorf (FZR), Dresden, Germany
“Characterization of ZnO single crystals by positron annihilation”


Host: Peter Simpson

Thursday
July 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Axel Rosenhahn
Heidelberg University, Germany

http://www.pci.uni-heidelberg.de/apc/rosenhahn/
“Digital in-line holographic microscopy with lasers and synchrotron radiation”

Host: Silvia Mittler