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Title: PROTON ; vol. 6 no. 3
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PROTON

PHYSICS REPORT ON THINGS OF NOTE


Physics professor elected Spokesperson
of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration


VOLUME 6 NUMBER 3




Spring 2007
SEMINARS


.onllDuliedJ t i.'F IJei 5 and nL'a i Feiti:


S-nmassi e Interna-
tional effort aimed at
making the first direct
obser actions of
gra itational Ia es
P'ofec i Da'au Feltie no has a I_lnl ers.ity
of Florida professor
at its helm David Reitze a professor of physics
has been elected spokesperson of the Laser
Interferometer Gra itational VVa e C'bser actor,
ILIG ', Scientific Collaboration The job is akin to
that of a scientific chief e ecutii e

This is a er. exciting time for the LIG ', Science
Collaboration because our instruments ha e
become sufficiently sensiti e to the point ,here
,e are confident theg, can detect gra itational
.a es Reiltze said To put it as simply as I can
it is an honor and a pri ilege to ser e during this
e-Citing period

Reitze is the second _11F faculty member and
physicist chosen to head a major international
scientific collaboration in recent .,ears. The other
is Jacobo /Onigsberg ,ho .as selected last ',ear
as spokesperson for the worldd s largest high
energy physics project the Collider Detector at
Fermilab collaboration near C hicago

It is erg' unuis.al for a single uni ersit.[ to ha e
spokespersons in [ ,o major international
collaborations at the same time said 'Suenakh
r..itselmnakher a distinguished professor of
physiCc It sho .s that I_1F 5 phsic. department is
regarded erg' highly, by its peers at other major
Lini ersities,


The LIG: Science Collaboration con5ists. of :.00
people from 4'.- scientific institLutions and s.e en
countries and o ersees the scientific mission of
[ ,0 I_1 S obser atories. ILIGl'I' and one European
'Dbsier atorg, seeking to detect gra itational ,a e.
elusl e ripples in space-time first predicted by'
-Ibert Einstein in 1"i11. LIG .a bt lt ,ith 1i .I.0
million from the I latonal Science Foundation and
is. managed by the California Institute of
Technology and the iF.lasachusietts. Institite of
Technology Each obser ator,' contains highly
specialized detectors called laser interferometers.
Capable of measuring iiltrasmall displacements.
caused by passing gra itational .a e. -Ithouigh
the Lil. obser atories in VVashington and
Louisiana first became operational in 2'002i it
,asn t until 2'CI00 that the instruments. began
performing .ith enough siensiti it' to detect the
.a es .Retze said

Chances remain small for detection ,ith the
current instruments. buit anticipated continued
impro events. to the instrunients. ill make it
steadilyi more likely in the ne.t fe .,ears Reitze
said That e.c iting for ph gicists. because
obser ing gra itational .a es directly raises. the
possibility of ans ringg questions about the origin
of the uni ers.e black holes and the nature of
space and time he said

Reitze said that some gra itational .a es date
back to the E.ig Eang the prime al e-plosion that
brought about the ini ers.e "s a result obser ing
these .a es wouldd allo physiicist to peer into
the uni ers.e lust fractions of a second after it
came into being
-Con I on Paie 2


Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory
LIGO at the University of Florida

Website: http:.. www.phys.ufl.edu. ligo


college of
Liberal arts a sciences
UFUNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDA
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Astrophysics
Friday @ 4:00pm in
Room 2165 NPB

Condensed Matter
Physics
Monday @ 4:05pm in
Room 2165 NPB

High Energy Physics
Tuesday @ 2:00pm
and Fridays @ 2:00pm
in Room 2165 NPB

Physics Colloquium
Thursday @ 4:05 in
Room 1002 NPB

Quantum Theory
Wednesday @ 4:05pm
in Room 2205 NPB









EDITORS
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THE PROTON


University of Forilda. Quantum Theory Projecr
and Department of Chemistry preserim
Annual LAMwddir Lecture and Department Coloquium


Rodney J.

Bartlett
Graduate Research Professor
Chemistry and Physics
University of Florida

soo7ACS Award in
Theoretical Chemistry

Public Lecture
April 6 (iFriday), 2007
4:15 pm, CLB CI3o

Coupled-Cluster Theory in
Quantum Chemistry:
The Emergence of A New
Paradigm 'f *
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Annual Lowdin Lecture and
Department Colloquium

Professor Rodney J. Bartlett, Graduate Research Professor
of Chemistry and Physics, Quantum Theory Project, University
of Florida, has been selected as the recipient of the ACS
Award in Theoretical Chemistry in 2007 sponsored by IBM
Corporation, which is one of the most prestigious international
awards in the field. The past 14 recipients of the award include
10 National Academy members and 2 Nobel Laureates.
Celebrating this Award, Quantum Theory Project and the
Department of Chemistry will present joint Annual L6wdin
Lecture and Department Colloquium by Professor Rodney J.
Bartlett on Friday, April 6, 2007 at 4:15 pm at CLB C130. The
speaker will be introduced by Professor John F. Stanton
(University of Texas, Austin) and a brief reception will follow
the presentation.


Professor Greg Stewart
stro gly correla in ted eecr ker
a t the -.o00 -, .i 'aj if i C. enter
for Th eore iti.ci hant.im Cri
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'Oint' T nhe puirpoSe of the F
workshop erO to pro Cdee in-
depth 0 er 'e c nd to present
recent de elopmrent.s in the
ctrongl, correlted electron
systems Ste ,-rt g e t ,o t1ks E. eha iorof a
S.sQtemf Tiunbile to -T ,O Cis.tinct '3 nuntillr ritici 1
io'nt.s and Studie .s of the Hea Ferinion
Super onducI tor ei t-.'Si


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LIGO Cont from page 1

"Our direct knowledge of the Big Bang ends about 380,000 years after it happened, and the reason for that is that
light and the other things we measure only came into being then," Reitze said. "Gravitational waves
existed right at the start. If we could probe them directly, we would be able to probe the origin of the universe
exactly at the moment of its birth. LIGO cannot directly access these relic waves, but we can begin to put limits
on what fraction of the universe is made of gravitational waves"

Because black holes emit gravitational waves as other stars merge into them, observing gravitational waves
would also allow physicists to learn about how gravity behaves near black holes, revealing more about the nature
of space and time, Reitze said. In his new position, Reitze will serve as the public face of the
collaboration, and he will be in charge of maintaining its scientific agenda. As the collaboration's third
spokesperson, he will serve a two-year term.













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A one-week "Summer School on Methods and Applications
of Neutron Spectroscopy" will be held June 25-29, 2007 at
the NIST Center for Neutron Research. For information
about the summer school go to:
http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/summerschool/ss07/

The Summer School is sponsored in part by the National
Science Foundation. Limited support for graduate students,
postdocs and junior faculty will be available. Attendance will
be limited to 32 participants, and preference will be
accorded to applicants from North American institutions.

For further information and/or to apply, please go to
http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/summerschool/ss07/.
Early application is recommended as attendance is limited
and typically this course is largely over-subscribed.



Summer 2007 Courses

Physics courses for Summer 2007 have been posted
online at:
http://www.phys.ufl.edu/courses/summer07.html



QUALIFYING EXAMS for PhD
February 27, Alix Preston
"Stable Structures for Interferometric Gravitational Wave
Detectors" Chair, Guido Mueller


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THE PROTON


-- Position Available

The University of Florida Physics Department has an opening for an experimental optical physicist at the
University of Florida to be based at the LIGO Livingston Observatory in Livingston, LA. While expertise in high
average power and stabilized lasers, high precision measurements, and control systems is desirable, we are
looking for talented individuals who are willing to actively contribute to an exciting and rapidly growing area of
gravitational wave astrophysics. The position is available immediately. Further information may be found at
http://www.phys.ufl.edu/ligo/.

Appointments will be made at either the Ph.D. research scientist and or postdoctoral level depending upon
qualifications. Interested persons should send a CV and the names and addresses of three references to:
Professor David Reitze, Physics Department, University of Florida, PO Box 118440, Gainesville, FL, 32611-
8440, reitze@phys.ufl.edu









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