Lasers, Light and Legacy: Thank You to All Attendees!

Saturday, August 1, 2015 to Monday, August 3, 2015

A public symposium on the scientific work and the careers of the students, post-docs and closest colleagues of Professor Charles Townes
"What Would Charlie Have Thought?"


Program Schedule

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Scientific Legacy of Charles Townes
Moderator: Paul Goldsmith
Saturday, 9:00 AM – 12:00N with 15 minute break
LeConte Lecture Hall 1

Steve Boggs, Physics Dept. Chair’s opening remarks                                                                                        
Fred Johnson, Columbia: spectroscopy                                                                                                                                 
Elsa Garmire, MIT: nonlinear optics                                                                                                                           
Tom Geballe, Berkeley1: ground‐based radio and mid‐infrared astronomy                                                    
John Storey, Berkeley2: airborne astronomy                                                                                                           
Ed Wishnow, Berkeley3: interferometry                                                                                                       
Arno Penzias, Charles Townes as catalyst

Lunch: 12 N-1:30PM (registered attendees only)                                                                                                                            
6th Floor, New Campbell Hall

The Student Legacy I: Diverse Paths                                                                                                                                       
LeConte Lecture Hall 1
1:30 PM – 5 PM with 15 minute break

Manfred Bester, SSL spacecraft tracking and operation                                                                              
John Lugten, National Ignition Facility (NIF) and inertial confinement                                                       
Sara Beck, Infrared spectra of galaxies from the 1970’s to the present

Oral Presentations (12 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes for discussion)
Robert Boyd, Photonics                                                                                                                                          
Aniruda Das, Neurobiology                                                                                                                                
Andy Harris, Wideband spectroscopy (including an ISI Project)                                                            
Everett Lipman, Using lasers to examine the molecular machinery of life                                                                          
Demitrios Matsakis, USNO timekeeping                                                                                                                    
Ashley Karp (Chandler), JPL rocketry                                                                                                                                       
Howard Smith, Developments in the science and religion dialog today

Video clip
Taran Singh, Trailer for full length video, “Unturned Stones”

Reception 5-6:30PM (registered attendees only)                                                                                                                            
375 LeConte Hall

Banquet: 7-10PM (registered attendees only)
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Student Legacy II: Recent Astronomical Results
Moderator: Ed Wishnow
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM with 15 minute break
LeConte Lecture Hall 1

Oral Presentations (10 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes for discussion)
Howard Smith, The evolution of luminous galaxies                                                                                                
John Lacy, [NII] observations of the Galactic Center – still interesting?                                                             
Reinhard Genzel, The quest for the massive black hole in the Galactic Center, and why Charlie knew it all along                                                                                                                                                                                           
Tom Geballe, H3+ in the interstellar medium                                                                                                            
Paul Goldsmith, Can you breathe in space?                                                                                                        
Neal Evans, Yes, stars DO form by gravitational collapse                                                                                     
Bill Danchi, Exoplanet habitability: debris disks with LBTI                                                            
Dan Watson, Evolution of protoplanetary disks                                                                                            
John Monnier, Optical comb technologies and IR interferometry                                                                         
Peter Tuthill, Still Rising: The story of Luminous Giants                                                                                         
John Storey, Antarctic astronomy


Read about the life of Charles Townes


Organizing committee:  

  • Paul Goldsmith, Chair (Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA)
  • Robert Boyd (Univ of Rochester and Univ of Ottawa)
  • Reinhard Genzel (UC Berkeley and Max Planck Institute-Garching)
  • Tom Geballe (Gemini Obs, Hilo, Hawaii)
  • John Storey (Univ of New South Wales)
  • Everett Lipman (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Ed Wishnow (UC Berkeley/SSL)
  • Walt Fitelson (UC Berkeley/SSL)

Sponsored in part by The Optical Society, Berkeley Physics, the Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, and the Department of Astronomy




Photo above by Dr. Manfred Bester, UCB/SSL

UC Berkeley Physics Department