Atomic and Molecular Physics of the Early Universe

March 31 - April 2, 2008

ITAMP, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge Ma 02138


Monday, March 31, 2008   Phillips Auditorium

08:30-08:50 Coffee/Registration

Session I:          Pre-Recombination/Recombination Era         Chair: Alex Dalgarno

9:00-9:45 Michael Turner
An Overview of Primordial Nucleosynthesis and Recombination
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9:45-10:15 Manuel Peimbert
The primordial helium abundance
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10:15-10:30 Morning Break

Douglas Scott
Cosmological Recombination Era

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Hossein Sadeghpour
Atomic Recombination for Spectral Synthesis Simulations
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J. Chluba
Cosmological recombination: two-photon processes and what we can learn from the cosmological recombination spectrum
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Lunch Break
Session II:         Variations of the Fundamental Constants        Chair: Kate Kirby
2:15-3:00 Matias Zaldarriaga
An Overview of Variations in the Fundamental Constants
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3:00-3:30   Victor Flambaum
Variation of Fundamental Constants from Big Bang to Atomic Clocks: Theory and Observations
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3:30-3:45 Afternoon Break
3:45-4:15 Sebastian Blatt
Laboratory measurements of alpha variation, me/mp
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4:15-4:45 W. Ubachs
Measurements of me/mp using uv spectrosc. of H2
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4:45-5:15 Arman Cingoz
A Laboratory Search for Variation of the Fine-Structure Constant Using Atomic Dysprosium
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5:15-5:45 K. Menten
Constraints on Variations of Fundamental Constants from Radio and (Sub)millimeter Astronomy
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Reception in Perkins Lobby (wine/hors d’oeuvres)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008    Phillips Auditorium
Coffee and Pastry
Session III:    Molecule Formation and Collision Processes in the Early Universe        Chair:Volker Bromm
Phil Stancil
Overview talk on Atomic and Molecular processes of primary importance in Molecule formation
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9:45-10:15  Simon Glover
Uncertainties in Primordial Chemistry
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10:15-10:30  Morning Break
10:30-11:00 N. Balakrishnan
Near-resonant energy transfer in low energy H2-H2 collisions
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11:00-11:30 Chris Greene
H+3 Dissociative Recombination Theory: The Ortho-para Ratio and Other Recent Developments
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11:30-12:00 Andreas Wolf
Mechanisms of Cold Electron Recombination with Small Molecular Ions: Evidence from Laboratory Experiments
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12:00-12:30  Xavier Urbain
Merged Beam Experiments with Positive and Negative Ions : from Charge Exchange to Reactive Scattering
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12:30-2:15 Lunch Break
2:15-2:45    Dieter Gerlich
Low temperature ion trap studies of reactions involving H and D atoms
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2:45-3:15     Allan Dickinson
Mutual Neutralization and Radiative Association involving Li and H
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3:15-3:30   Afternoon Break
Session III (continued):    Molecule Formation and Collision Processes in the Early Universe      Chair: Jim Babb
4:00-4:30   Franco Gianturco
Li-Containing Molecules and Ions Interacting with H and He Partners
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4:30-5:00   Robert Forrey
He + H2 Collisional dissociation from high v levels
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5:00-5:45   Stephen Lepp
Calculations of Rovibrational excitation/dissociation of H2
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5:45-6:00 Daniel Wolf Savin
Progress Towards Laboratory Measurements of H2 Formation for Early Universe Chemistry
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008    Phillips Auditorium
08:00-08:30 Coffee and Pastry
Session IV:    Population III Formation/Reionization         Chair: Avi Loeb
9:00-9:45 Matt McQuinn
Overview of Signatures of Reionization
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9:45-10:15   Kaz Omukai
Chemical Processes in the Early Star Formation
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10:15-10:30  Morning Break
10:30-11:00 Brett Esry
Three-body processes at cold and ultracold temperatures
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Evelyn Roueff
Cooling via Transitions in HD
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11:30-12:15 Volker Bromm
Formation of the First Stars and Relevant Feedback issues.
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12:15-2:00 Lunch Break
Session V:    21-cm Cosmology         Chair: Michael Turner
Avi Loeb
21-cm Tomography in the Dark Ages
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3:00-3:30 Jonathan Pritchard
Atomic Physics and the Cosmological 21 cm Signal
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3:30-3:45 Afternoon Break
3:45-4:15 Bernard Zygelman
Spin Changing Collisions of Hydrogen Atoms
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4:15-4:45 Jacqueline Hewitt
21-cm Observations
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