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Department News and Colloquium

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at CSU Long Beach


Planet Formation Revealed by High-Contrast Imaging
Michael Fitzgerald,
University of California, Los Angeles

Monday April 21, 2014
11:15am, PH2-110

(Refreshments served at 10:45 am, HSCI-224)

Fig: Protostars and pre-main-sequence stars with possibly planet-forming disks imaged in the Milky Way's most massive star-forming regions.

Indirect detection techniques have shown a large diversity in the architectures of planetary systems, some of which necessitate dynamical evolution of planetary orbits. There is also strong evidence for dynamical upheaval early in the lifetime of the Solar System. It is now possible to study processes of planet formation through techniques designed to directly detect the atmospheres of young jovian planets in nearby systems as well as light scattered by dust grains that trace the small solid bodies in nearby planetary systems. I will present some of my recent work applying high-contrast imaging techniques to the study of planet formation.

See the colloquium schedule and its archive of previous talks

Time and Place

Colloquia are scheduled to start Mondays at 11:15am sharp in Peterson Hall 2, Room 110 (PH2-110, map). Refreshments are served from 10:45am to 11:05am in Room HSCI-224 (next to the department office) and everyone is invited to mingle with faculty and students!


For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Prof. Prashanth Jaikumar, Phone: 562-985-5592, Email: pjaikuma@csulb.edu

Directions to Campus

  • Access to Campus
  • Campus Maps
  • Parking on campus: contact the coordinator of the colloquium. If not reachable, call the department office (562) 985-7925. If none of these are available at the time you need information, call (562) 985-4146 or go to the drive-through information booth at the main campus entrance (on Beach Drive, near the crossing to Bellflower).
  • Walk (or ask for a ride on an on-campus shuttle) to the department office: Hall of Sciences, Room 220 (HSCI-220). The coordinator will provide the necessary informations.
  • Any question or problem: call the colloquium coordinator or the department office (562) 985-7925.

Colloquia Sponsors:

We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller
  • Benjamin Carter
  • The American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!

Academic Year 2013-2014

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
January 27 Laser Eye Surgery: Applied Physics at its Finest F. Raksi
February 3 Computational Approach to Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Zoltan Papp, CSULB
February 10 Superconducting States in pseudo-Landau levels of Strained Graphene Yafis Barlas, UCR
February 17 Heating up the Vacuum: a new Spin on QCD at RHIC Kenneth R. Barish, UCR
February 24 My Favorite Elementary Particle: The Neutrino James Hill, CSUDH
March 3 Space Situational Awareness: Providing advanced, innovative space surveillance technologies to the warfighter Kenneth A. Abeloe
Integrity Applications Incorporated
March 10 Nonlinear dynamics and phase transitions in heart cells Y. Shiferaw, CUN
March 17 Quantum Transport and Correlated Phenomena in Bilayer and Trilayer Graphene Membranes J. Lau, UCR
March 24 Effective Field Theory A. Manohar, UCSD
April 7 Engineering Light Matter Interactions with Colloidal Systems Regina Ragan, UCR
April 14 X-ray and Infrared Observational Studies of Star Formation Across the Milky Way Matthew Povich, CSPUP
April 21 Planet Formation Revealed by High-Contrast Imaging Michael Fitzgerald, UCLA
April 28 TBA Dmitri Krioukov, USCD

Colloquia Schedule

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