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March 2, 2018 | 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Physics & Astronomy Department - Liberal Arts and Sciences #245 | Map
666 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

How can we model the hydrogen inside Jupiter and Saturn?

David Ceperley
Founder and Blue Waters Professor of Physics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and member of the National Academy of Sciences

Jupiter, Saturn and a host of newly discovered exoplanets are thought to be composed largely of hydrogen and helium. To understand the planets, we need properties of hydrogen and helium under the extreme conditions of temperature and pressure inside those planets, conditions hardly accessible to laboratory measurements. I will describe how we use high performance computers to calculate those properties and thus help understand some of the most important objects in the Universe.

About the speaker: Dr. David Ceperley is the Founder and Blue Waters Professor of Physics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his BS in physics from the University of Michigan in 1971 and his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1976. After one year at the University of Paris and a second postdoc at Rutgers University, he worked as a staff scientist at both Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. In 1987, he joined the Department of Physics at Illinois. He was a staff scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications from 1987 until 2012. Professor Ceperley is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. He has received many honors and awards; see

For more information about this event, please contact Zhi-Feng Huang at (313) 577 2791 or