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October 2021

Bright Electron Sources for Ultrafast Science

October 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Daniele Filippetto Staff scientist Advanced Technology and Applied Physics Division, LBNL Electron beams are powerful tools for scientific and industrial applications. Owing to their short wavelength, electrons have seen broad use in advanced instrumentation, enabling X-ray generation, real-space imaging at sub-atomic scales, enhanced resolution in nano-fabrication, high precision mechanical machining and cancer treatment to name a few. Recent advancements in technology have enabled the generation of densely packed, ultrashort pulses of electrons. Trains of femtosecond-long, relativistic beams can now be…

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Decision Making, Communication, and Risk: the Public Opinion Equation

October 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Jean-Pierre Beaudoin What is a good decision? How is that judgment made? What role does  Public Opinion  play? All these questions refer to notions that vary with time, context and culture of the population concerned. Who is the Public?  Public opinion is a generational phenomenon. It takes on average 25 years for the underlying values of society to evolve and thus change the priorities of society and its expectations towards authorities of all natures. What is Communication? The social practice…

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Coherent control in intense laser matter interactions via polarization manipulation

October 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Franklin Dollar Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, School of Physical Sciences; Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy; University of California, Irvine High intensity laser matter interactions with short pulse durations are the epitome of extreme science, at ultrafast timescales, extremely high energy densities, and relativistic effects defining the regime. In this talk, I will examine how the laser polarization adds a further parameter for controlling these interactions, and the impact that they can have in radiation production. Experiments from…

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The Evolving Nuclear Fuel Cycle – Challenges and Opportunities

October 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Dr. Monica C. Regalbuto Idaho National Laboratory Director, Integrated Fuel Cycle Strategy The United States is pursuing an aggressive plan to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions in which nuclear power is set to play a vital role. Accelerated development of advanced reactor designs introduce evolving nuclear fuel cycles that deviates from the commercially established light water reactor. As new fuel cycles and technologies emerge, both opportunities and challenges are presented. This presentation will cover the importance of addressing…

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November 2021

Superconducting Magnets and the Path to Fusion Energy

November 5, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Brandon Sorbom, Chief Science Officer Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) MIT, Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering (2017) Loyola Marymount University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics (2010) MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a new startup company focused on the rapid commercialization of fusion, are jointly pursuing a privately-funded, accelerated approach to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy. The CFS/MIT team is currently developing a new generation of high-field, large-bore, REBCO-based superconducting magnets to incorporate into a compact net-energy tokamak called SPARC…

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Nuclear Engineering Virtual Graduate Open House

November 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Please join Berkeley Engineering's Nuclear Engineering Open House, this Wednesday, November 17, 3-5 p.m. PT, to learn more about the graduate programs available for the 2022-23 academic year. There will be discussions about degree options, current research and funding, student life, and the application process. Register for the virtual event online and participate with this Zoom link.

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Virtual Graduate School Fair

November 19, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Join Us this Friday with 25 schools representing 26 programs Nuclear Engineering | Health Physics | Plasma Science & Engineering | Computational Science & Engineering | Engineering Physics etc. Whether starting or continuing your graduate studies, searching for on-campus or online programs, or seeking funding, please join us at the virtual fair representing 25 school and 26 different programs. Topics will include: Making your application stand out Current student perspectives on academics, student life, and careers Break out rooms for…

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LBNL ‘s Applied Nuclear Physics program- developing concepts of radiation detection

November 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3105 Etcheverry Hall **in-person**Join Zoom Meeting https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/97323901362?pwd=ditaL1dQNnRTR1c2Y09HMDAvbVJUUT09 Meeting ID: 973 2390 1362 Passcode: 608663 Brian Quiter Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Researchers in the Applied Nuclear Physics (ANP) program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have focused on developing new radiation detectors and radiation detection methods to solve problems related to mitigating the effects of nuclear disasters, preventing nuclear proliferation, enhancing nuclear security, and enabling nuclear medicine. The new methods involve inducing and observing more esoteric…

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Special Talk by Dr. Bethany Goldblum

November 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
3119 Etcheverry Hall Berkeley, CA 94720

    Bethany Goldblum Executive Director, NSSC Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Nuclear Science for National Security Applications While the probability of nuclear exchange may be low, the consequences are undeniably grave. My research focuses on methods to improve nuclear security and nonproliferation while advancing technically-sound policies. Via a series of vignettes, I discuss three main themes of my research-policy-relevant inquiry, data analytics, and applied nuclear physics. First, new types of nuclear warheads and emerging technologies raise questions concerning…

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December 2021

Don Olander and Light Water Reactor Materials: A Personal Memoir and Tribute

December 3, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Arthur Motta Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering  Penn State University This talk is an homage to Don Olander, as a special tribute to the enormous influence he has had on a whole generation of nuclear materials scientists, and a remembrance of my time at UC Berkeley, working under his supervision. The talk focuses also on the co-writing of the textbook "Light Water Reactor Materials" recently published by the ANS. Arthur Motta is Professor of Nuclear Engineering…

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