About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50, room 5026 (the INPA common room).

The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via e-mail,

Committee Members: Mailing Address:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
MailStop 50R5008
Berkeley, CA 94720-8158
Phone: 510-486-4427
Fax: 510-486-6738

Upcoming Seminars

January 9
Astrid Lamberts (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Past Seminars in 2014

December 12

Keenan Thomas
The Berkeley Low Background Facility Abstract

December 5

Daan Meerburg (Princeton University)
Putting inflation to the test Abstract

November 21

Ryan Cooke
(UC Santa Cruz)
The primordial deuterium abundance and the search for new physics Abstract

November 14

Cora Uhlemann
(LMU Munich)
Large scale structure formation with the Schrödinger method Abstract

November 7

Xiangdong Ji
(University of Maryland)
First result from PandaX: A Liquid Xe dark matter experimenter at JinPing Underground Lab in China TBA

October 31

Liang Dai
(University of Chicago)
Conformal Fermi coordinates and the local universe formalism Abstract

Ocotober 29

Moshe Friedman
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Measurement of the Proton Form Factor Ratio at Low Momentum Transfer Abstract

October 24

Phil Bull
(University of Oslo)
Measuring ultra-large scales with the Square Kilometre Array Abstract

Ocotober 20

Joulien Tatar
(University of Washington & UCI)
Toward Completion of the Hexagonal Prototype Antarctic Ross Ice-shelf ANtenna Neutrino Array Abstract

October 17

Roland de Putter
Constraining fundamental physics with weak lensing and galaxy clustering Abstract

Ocotober 10

Nicolas Zweibaum
(University of Berkeley)
Fluoride-salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (FHR) technology: recent advances and experimental support activities at UC Berkeley Abstract

October 3

Yin Li
(University of Chicago)
The power spectrum super-sample effect Abstract

Septmber 12

Jacob Feintzeig
(University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Searches for Point Sources of High-Energy Astrophysical Neutrinos with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory Abstract

September 5

Adam Solomon
(University of Cambridge)
Are Two Metrics Better Than One?: The Cosmology of Massive (Bi)gravity Abstract

August 22

David J. E. Marsh, Perimeter Institute
(Waterloo, Canada)
Quintessence in a quandary: on prior dependence in dark energy models Abstract

July 25

Christopher Grant
(UC Davis)
CAPTAIN: An experiment dedicated to addressing the challenges of neutrino science in liquid Argon TPCs Abstract

July 11

Marc Bergevin
(UC Davis)
An overview of the WATCHMAN project Abstract

June 25

Geraint Lewis (USydney)
Lessons learnt from PAndAS: Cosmic Evolution and the Great Plane of Dwarfs Abstract

June 5

Jeremy Mock
(UC Davis)
Probing low-mass dark matter with the LUX detector Abstract

May 30

Anna Franckowiak
The Spectrum and Morphology of the Fermi Bubbles Abstract

May 23

Emilija Pantic
(UC Davis)
The DarkSide direct dark matter search program at LNGS Abstract

May 16

Janet Luhmann (UCB/SSL)
On Living with a Star: Updates from Heliophysics Research Abstract

May 15

Christina Ignarra
MiniBooNE and The Status of Sterile Neutrinos Abstract

May 13

Attila Dobi
(Maryland University)
LUX: WIMP search results, background monitoring and calibrating with tritium Abstract

April 25

Igor Ostrovskiy
Search for Majorana neutrinos with the first two years of EXO-200 data Abstract

April 18

Andrea Dotti
Geant4: a toolkit for the simulation of the interaction of radiation with matter. Overview, validation and recent developments Abstract

April 11

Tom Banks
Latest progress on the CUORE experiment Abstract

April 4

Yuji Chinone, Blake Sherwin, Aritoki Suzuki (UCB)
POLARBEAR's CMB B-modes, Bolometers, and the Future Abstract

March 28

Andrey Vladimirov
(Colfax Research)
Xeon Phi computing for physicists at Berkeley Abstract

March 21

Carl Pennypacker
The Fire Urgency Estimator on Geosynchronous Orbit (FUEGO): Aiding Early Detection and Management of Wildland Fires with a small Satellite Imager Abstract

March 7

Laura Kogler
(Pivotal Labs)
Software best practices for physicists: lessons learned in a year as a professional software engineer Abstract
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February 28

Richard Allen
(UCB Seismology)

Earthquake Alert: Harnessing BIG data to satisfy societal needs (and facilitate new science) Abstract

February 26

Kei Ieki
(Kyoto University)
Neutrino oscillation results from the T2K experiment Abstract

February 21

Guillaume Plante
(Columbia University)

Results from XENON100 and Prospects for Direct Detection of Dark Matter with XENON1T Abstract

February 19

Mario Juric
Preparing for the Era of Data Driven Astronomy Abstract

February 14

Donough Regan

What CMB non-Gaussianity tells us about Effective Field Theories of Inflation Abstract

February 7

Samuele Sangiorgio
Neutrinos and Dark Matter at Low Energies in Liquid Argon - New results from LLNL Abstract

January 31

Francisco Prada

Hunting down the acoustic scale after the cosmic high noo Abstract

January 10

Susanne Mertens
Searching for Sterile Neutrinos at Katrin Abstract

January 17

Ken Chen

The Cosmic Dawn - Physics of the First Luminous Objects Abstract

January 24

Dan Werthimer
IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? New SETI Instrumentation and Search Strategies Abstract

Past Seminars in 2013

December 13

Amir Hajian
Exploring the microwave sky beyond CMB using cross correlations Abstract

December 12

Adam Wade Bradley
(Case Western Reserve University)

The LUX Dark Matter Hunt Abstract

December 6

Andrew Renshaw
(UC Irvine)
Solar Neutrino Results from Super-Kamiokand Abstract

November 8

Ixandra Achitouv

Accurate predictions for the abundance of dark matter halos and voids: Abstract

November 15

Anthony Pullen
Large-Scale Structure: Big Surveys, Systematics, and Intensity Mapping Abstract

November 13

Belina von Krosigk
(Dresden University of Technology)
Solar and supernova neutrinos in SNO+ and measurements of the scintillator response Abstract

November 8

Ixandra Achitouv

Accurate predictions for the abundance of dark matter halos and voids: Abstract

November 7

Julia Lee
Exploring the Third Dimension: Why Imaging Dark Energy experiments need DESI Abstract

November 1

Andreu Font

The Dirt on Cosmic Dust: An X-ray Perspective through Black Hole and Neutron Star Eyes Abstract

October 25

Jeff Newman
Exploring the Third Dimension: Why Imaging Dark Energy experiments need DESI Abstract

October 18

Ely Kovetz
(UT Austin)

Cosmic Bandits: Exploration vs. Exploitation in Cosmological Surveys Abstract

October 11

Jeremy Sakstein
Astrophysical Tests of Gravity Abstract

Septemer 27

Paul M. Sutter

Cosmology and astrophysics with cosmic voids Abstract

September 26

Kevin Hinkerson
Using ultracold neutrons to measure fundamental symmetries of the Standard Model and beyond Abstract

Septemer 20

Cameron Bates

Metallic Magnetic Calorimeters for Nuclear Science and Security Abstract

September 17

Stijn Buitink
Radio detection of cosmic rays with LOFAR Abstract

Septemer 13

Soma De
(Arizona State University)

Effect of Galactic and primordial Magnetic Field on polarization of CMB and 21 cm radiation. Abstract

September 6

Brian Hayden
Improving Type Ia Supernovae as Distance Indicators Abstract

August 30

David Harvey (ROE)
On measuring the cross-section of dark matter using substructure infall into galaxy clusters Abstract

August 23

Miguel Zumalacárregui
(Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)
Tension in the Void: New constraints on inhomogeneous cosmologies Abstract

August 9

Julien Guy

Improved cosmological constraints from the joint analysis of the SDSS and SNLS Type Ia supernova samples Abstract

July 19

Spencer Klein
Evidence for ultra-high energy (above 100 TeV) astrophysical neutrinos Abstract

June 21

Freija Descamps

Wintering at the South Pole for IceCube Abstract

May 31

Jeff Hartnell
(University of Sussex)
NOvA: Exploring Electron (Anti)Neutrino Appearance Abstract

March 24

Carsten Rott

Novel Searches for Dark Matter in the Sun Abstract

March 22

Jason Koskinen
(Penn State University)
Project 8: Towards a radiometric neutrino mass measurement Abstract

March 1

Mary Bishai
The Why, What and Where of the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment. Abstract

February 22

Jason Koskinen
(Penn State University)
Atmospheric neutrino hierarchy measurement Abstract

February 15

Edward Macaulay
Cosmology with Galaxy Redshifts and Peculiar Velocities - Current Mysteries and Future Prospects Abstract

February 13

Yifang Wang
Reactor Neutrinos at Daya Bay II Abstract

February 8

Paul Ricker
AGN Feedback and Mass-Observable Scatter in Galaxy Clusters Abstract

January 25

Eric Baxter
(University of Chicago)
Dark Matter Annihilation and Non-Gaussianity: Looking for Signals of New Physics in the Presence of Astrophysical Backgrounds Abstract

January 18

Morag Scrimgeour
(University of Western Australia)
Large-scale homogeneity vs. small-scale inhomogeneities: testing ΛCDM with large-scale structure Abstract

January 16

Iair Arcavi
(Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
What Are the Different Core Collapse Explosions? Abstract

Januay 15

Tamara Davis
The WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey - Final Results Abstract

January 11

Norihiro Tanahashi
(UC Davis)
Gravitational wave signal from massive gravity Abstract

Past Years Seminars

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