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. 50A, room 5132.

The committee members are:

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 Paris Gordon at 510-486-4903 pcgordon@lbl.gov

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Speaker: Vishal Gajjar (UC Berkeley)

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title: Breakthrough Listen’s search for intelligent life in the Universe¬†
Abstract: The discovery of the ubiquity of habitable extrasolar planets, combined with revolutionary advances in instrumentation and observational capabilities, have ushered in a renaissance in the millennia-old quest to answer our most profound question about the Universe and our place within it РAre we alone? The Breakthrough Listen Initiative announced in July 2015 as a 10-year 100M USD program is the most comprehensive effort in history to quantify the distribution of advanced, technologically capable life in the universe. In this talk, I outline the status of the on-going observing campaign with our primary observing facilities, as well as planned activities with these instruments over the next few years. I will also talk about collaborative facilities which will conduct searches for technosignatures in either primary observing mode or commensally. I will highlight some of the novel analysis techniques we are bringing to bear on multi-petabyte data sets, including machine learning tools we are deploying to search for a broader range of technosignatures than was previously possible. https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.05519

Details

Date:
February 14
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Venue

50A-5132
Sessler Conference Room CA + Google Map

INPA guests from campus can now come up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

INPA Common Room (50-5026)
Fridays
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass please email Paris Gordon. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Paris Gordon.