MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014 Activities by Sponsor - Lab for Nuclear Science

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A Short History of Spin

Richard Milner, Professor of Physics; Director of LNS

Jan/14 Tue 02:00PM-03:00PM 26-414 (Kolker Room)

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: None

This talk outlines the historical development of spin in physics from about 1920 to the present.  It aims to provide the audience with an accurate chronology of important developments, both scientific and technical.

Sponsor(s): Lab for Nuclear Science, Physics
Contact: Richard Milner, 26-505, 617-253-7800,

How to Photograph Birds

Frank Taylor, Senior Research Scientist (Physics/LNS), Emeritus

Jan/10 Fri 11:00AM-12:00PM 26-414

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: None

Have you ever wanted to observe birds really closely? A pair of binoculars, or better still a spotting scope, will provide a good view only if the bird stays still, but what do birds look like when they fly, how are their feathers deployed? In this one hour talk I will discuss the challenge of photographing birds, describe equipment and technique and the pursuit of the (European) Common Swift (Apus apus).

Sponsor(s): Lab for Nuclear Science
Contact: Frank Taylor, 26-569, 617-253-7249,

Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation

Professor A. M. Bernstein, Professor of Physics

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Students are welcome to participate in any or all of these sessions.
Prereq: There are no prerequisites.

The plan for this course is to start with the timely issue of Iran's nuclear enrichment program, it's possible development of a nuclear weapon, the efficacy of IAEA inspections, and the implications of the interim agreement and a possible agreement to curtail their program. This will be followed by a discussion of two ways that humans can change the climate. If nuclear war should occur, in addition to the immediate blast there are delayed effects of radiation and possibly "Nuclear Winter". By burning fossil fuels we are experiencing the steady, more gradual increase of Global Warming. The plan for the third lecture is to present a brief introduction to the production of nuclear weapons and how this can be detected by suitable international inspection. We anticipate that the final lecture will present an outlook for the further reduction of nuclear weapons and their deployment policy, including the administration's announced intention to reduce the role of nuclear weapons and work towards their elimination. 

Students are welcome to participate in  any or all of these sessions. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Sponsor(s): Physics, Lab for Nuclear Science
Contact: Professor A. M. Bernstein, 26-419, 617-253-2386, bernstein@MIT.EDU

Is Iran Close to Making a Nuclear Weapon

Jan/22 Wed 03:00PM-04:30PM 26-414

 Is Iran Close to Making a Nuclear Weapons?

Dr. Jim Walsh - Research Associate / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Effects of Human Activities on Climate

Jan/23 Thu 03:00PM-04:30PM 26-414

Effects of Human activities on the Climate; Global Warming and Nuclear Winter

Kosta Tsipis - Former Director, MIT Program STIS

From Mutually Assured Destruction to . .

Jan/27 Mon 03:00PM-04:30PM 26-414

From Mutually Assured Destruction to Mutually Assured Detection

Dr. Mike Hynes

Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation

Jan/28 Tue 03:00PM-04:30PM 26-414

Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation Policy Outlook

Professor A. M. Bernstein - Professor of Physics