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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SPECIAL – Brittany Kamai (CalTech) – Looking further back with LIGO

January 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gravitational wave detectors require constant innovation in detector technology to meet the growing needs of the astrophysics community. With improved sensitivity, we can move beyond the measurements in the local universe and perform precision tests of cosmology. I will discuss our efforts to reduce the amount of low frequency noise within the LIGO detectors, which has a direct impact on our ability to measure heavier mass black hole mergers further out into the universe. I will focus on a proposed major upgrade to the LIGO detectors that will use silicon optics cooled to cryogenic temperatures. Additionally, I will discuss ideas for a passive seismic isolation system that uses advances in seismic cloaking technology. These improvements will extend distance measurements on gravitational wave mergers from the local universe out to much higher redshifts.


January 30, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


INPA Common Room

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)
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.