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Collaboration Receives $25 Million for Advanced Solar Research
Stanford Sustainability Site Seeks Your Questions
Colloquium Today: Current Research in Cosmic Microwave Background

SLAC Today

Monday - April 11, 2011

Collaboration Receives $25 Million for Advanced Solar Research

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Solar panels. (Image: NOAA.)

A joint solar research effort managed by Stanford, SLAC and the University of California-Berkeley has won $25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. The work is aimed at helping the solar power industry overcome technical barriers and reduce the cost of solar installations.

The team, dubbed the Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium, will fund industry-relevant research to develop and test the innovative new materials, device structures and fabrication processes necessary to produce cost-effective solar modules in high volume.

The BAPVC project, co-directed by Yi Cui, associate professor of photon science at SLAC and associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford, and Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at Berkeley, will advance technologies aimed at meeting SunShot's aggressive price-performance targets..  Read more from Stanford Report...

Stanford Sustainability Site
Seeks Your Questions

Have you ever wondered: What will climate change mean for your hometown? Should you choose paper or plastic bags at the grocery store? Or does this environmental stuff really matter at all? Now you can ask and have your environmental questions answered—no question is too big or too small!

Sound Advice for a Green Earth, or SAGE, is Stanford's student-researched "eco-advice" column, and is a joint project by of the School of Earth Sciences, the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources program and the Woods Institute and the Journalism program. A class, titled "Sustaining Action: Research, Analysis and Writing for the Public," solicits questions for the SAGE column. The green-themed questions and answers run monthly on Stanford Magazine's website.

Your questions help students learn about sustainability and environmental issues, and to practice communicating complex information in clear, accessible and engaging ways. In addition, the questions provide a means to examine and analyze the environmental, economic, political and cultural consequences of specific environmental issues.

Please submit your questions directly to the SAGE website.

Colloquium Today: Current Research in Cosmic Microwave Background

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Today at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology physicists Sarah Church and Chao-Lin Kuo will present a joint colloquium discussing current research involving cosmic microwave background radiation.

Church will present "Probing Inflation with CMB Polarization Measurements." Measurements of curl modes in the polarization patterns found in the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation offer the only means to detect very low frequency gravitational waves that are predicted to have been produced by inflation. A detection of these so-called "B-modes" in the CMB would allow a quantitative determination of the inflation potential.

Chao-Lin Kuo will present "Investigations of Dark Energy, Neutrino Mass and Other Fundamental Physics through CMB Lensing Measurements." Kuo will discuss the role that measurements of lensing of the CMB will play in cosmological studies. These include including improved B-mode measurements from de-lensed CMB data, and measurements of dark energy parameters and neutrino masses.

The colloquium is free and all are invited to attend.




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