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Laboratory Astrophysics Studies along the Cosmic Cycle of Gas

September 6th, 2018 – Seminar at FSI at 11am

Partnership 1 Room 209


Abstract – Tracing the evolution of baryonic matter from atoms in space to stars and planets hinges on an accurate understanding of the underlying
physics controlling the properties of the gas at every step along this
pathway.  Here I will focus on the epochs relevant to protoplanetary
disks and planetary science and highlight some our laboratory studies
into the underlying atomic, molecular, and surface physics which control
the observed properties of the cosmos during these epochs.


Bio – Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin is a Senior Research Scientist in the Astrophysics
Laboratory at Columbia University.  He was also an undergraduate at
Columbia, where he majored in physics.  For graduate school, he moved on
to Harvard University, where he did his Ph.D. research at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  After that, he went out
West to the University of California at Berkeley.  There he worked at
the Space Sciences Laboratory and at Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory.  Finally he moved back to Columbia University, where he has
been ever since.


Dr. Savin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  He is a
founding organizer of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division of the
American Astronomical Society.  He currently serves as the LAD
Secretary.  He is also a Science Editor for The Astrophysical Journal.