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Colloquia & Seminars, Spring 2013

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State-of-the-Art Implementations of Distributed Power Generation, Storage and Restoration

Speaker: James Rarick
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 3:30 pm
Room: 205 Currens Hall

Abstract: Traditional models of electrical power generation are being challenged with recent developments of alternative energy sources at various points along the grid. Previously untapped energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, etc., provide great opportunities for additional (and environmentally friendly) power. Energy storage solutions afford new means of delivering power to offset demand at peak times, as well as providing greater electrical system reliability. However, incorporating new sources of energy into the electrical grid at almost any point pose great challenges. In addition, the demand for electrical system reliability and cost-effectiveness put constant strain on electrical distribution management. S&C Electric is at the forefront of providing the products to incorporate new energy sources and self-healing control systems. This talk will describe these issues as well as real examples of solutions available in the marketplace today.

About the speaker:
After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, James Rarick went on to work as an electrical engineer for Zenith Controls. He is currently a senior software engineer for S & C Electric working on medium voltage (>480V) power quality products (like UPS and static transfer switches), embedded operating systems, and software agent based self-healing grid restoration systems.

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Fluorescence Active Resonance States of Helium-like Ions

Speaker: Dr. Sukhamoy Bhattacharyya
Date: Friday, March 29, 2013
Time: 3:30 pm
Room: 205 Currens Hall

Abstract: The spectral properties of atomic systems under different environments change considerably compared with those of the free systems. Currently this is a subject of wide interest in astrophysics, plasma physics, condensed matter physics and many other areas. The first phase of the talk is prepared to provide an overview of the spectral properties of bound and resonance states of two-electron atoms in free case as well as in some external environment like plasma confinement, spherical cavity etc. In the second phase, the dominance of fluorescence decay probability over autoionization for some resonance states of helium-like atoms will be discussed. Theoretical explanation of the peculiar behavior of some resonance states showing dominant dipole transition probability has been established. Present theoretical results have been verified in collaboration with experimental groups for two-electron ions of Cl and Si. Relevance with some astrophysical data for helium-like Oxygen from Jupiter has been established.

About the speaker:
Dr. Sukhamoy Bhattacharyya presently works as a Fulbright post-doctoral scholar at the Department of Physics, Auburn University. He is an Assistant Professor in APC College (affiliated to West Bengal State University, India). His research interest is in theoretical spectroscopy of two-electron atoms and different exotic systems under different kind of confinements with applications in plasma diagnostics, astrophysical data analysis.

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Wind Energy: Renewable Portfolio Standard and Production Tax Credit

Speaker: Jeff Reinkemeyer
Date: February 21, 2013,
Time: 3:30 pm
Room: 205 Currens Hall

About the speaker:
Jeff Reinkemeyer is a Director of Eastern Renewable Development with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC. Originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, Jeff graduated from University of Missouri Rolla with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Certified Energy Manager. At Iberdrola Renewables Jeff managed the BOP construction for the 72 MW Providence Heights wind project currently operating in Bureau County, was the lead developer for the 300 MW Streator Cayuga Ridge South wind project currently operating in Livingston County. He currently oversees development activities on around 1,000 MW of wind and solar projects in Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky.

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Superconducting gap studies of iron-based superconductors from London penetration depth and thermal conductivity measurements

Speaker: Dr. Ryan Gordon
Date: February 15, 2013,
Time: 4 pm
Room: 205 Currens Hall

Abstract
Newly discovered iron-based superconductors may be the key to understanding how the general mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity is possible. One way to gain insight into how this phenomenon works is to experimentally probe the superconducting gap, which contains information about the electronic interactions that give rise to this state. Two experimentally measurable quantities that are sensitive to the superconducting gap structure are the London penetration depth and the thermal conductivity. During my talk, I will discuss recent data taken on several different members of the family of iron-based superconductors from London penetration depth and thermal conductivity measurements. Based on the results of these measurements, I will summarize what can be said about the superconducting gap in these materials.

About the speaker:
Dr. Ryan Gordon is the newest Physics professor at Western Illinois University. He earned his B. S. in Physics and Mathematics from WIU in 2005 and went on to earn his Ph. D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Iowa State University in 2011. From there, Dr. Gordon conducted postdoctoral research at University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. While he was a student at WIU, Dr. Gordon was awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for high-achieving undergraduates in the sciences. Since arriving at WIU, he has begun setting up his laboratory to study various physical phenomena related to superconductivity and magnetism in materials by using tunnel diode resonators.

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WIU Physics Department Lecture Series on Nobel Prizes

Measuring and Manipulating Individual Quantum Systems: Trapped Atomic Ions

Speaker: Dr. James Rabchuk
Date: February 1, 2013,
Time: 4 pm
Room: 205 Currens Hall

Abstract
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.

About the speaker:
Professor Dr. James Rabchuk is a physics professor from the Department of Physics, Western Illinois University.

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