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Nuclear and Particle Physics Colloquia

Mondays ~ Refreshments 3:30pm Talk: 4:00pm ~ Kolker Room, 26-414

 

Committee:
Jesse Thaler, Chair ~ Daniel Harlow ~ Kerstin Perez ~Philip Harris

 

Colloquia Archives

 

September 11, 2017

hosted by: Will Detmold

Cynthia Keppel, Jefferson Laboratory

Nuclear Physics in Proton Radiotherapy

Abstract: Discoveries and technological advances spurred by the demands of nuclear and particle physics research find applications in many disciplines, including providing benefit to society through the treatment and diagnosis of disease. As an example, proton radiation therapy is a precise form of radiation treatment for cancer. Due to the characteristic Bragg peak associated with ion energy deposition, proton therapy provides the radiation oncologist an improved method of treatment localization within a patient, as compared with conventional radiation therapy using X-rays. This can be accomplished only in concert with concurrent advances in tumor identification and localization, patient motion and positioning, treatment planning and evaluation, and a host of supporting technologies. An overview of hadron, in particular proton, therapy will be presented, with an emphasis on landmark and recent technological developments spurred by nuclear science.

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)



September 18, 2017

hosted by: Kerstin Perez

William Wester, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Search for Axion Dark Matter

Abstract: The axion is a proposed particle whose existence might account for much of the dark matter of the universe. This same particle also arises as the solution to the strong-CP problem of particle physics. There have several decades of experiments that have attempted to detect new particles with many of the properties of the axion - but without being sensitive to the preferred region of parameter space. I will report on the Axion Dark Matter Experiment, ADMX, which is currently running and achieving the required sensitivity towards potential discovery.

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)

 

 



September 25, 2017

hosted by:  Mike Williams


Tim Gershon, Univeristy of Warwick

LHCb highlights and future prospects

Abstract:The LHCb experiment at CERN has proved spectacularly that precision measurements in heavy quark flavour physics can be made with data collected in high-energy proton proton collisions. Among its achievements are the first observation of the rare Bs -> mu+mu- decay, the most precise measurements of CP violation parameters in B and D mixing and decays, and numerous ground-breaking developments in spectroscopy including the first observations of pentaquark states.  I will recap the key features of the experiment that enabled this level of performance, and discuss what future improvements need to be made in order to capitalise on the much larger data samples that will become available in the HL-LHC era.

 

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)



October 2, 2017

hosted by:Janet Conrad


Tatsuya Kikawa, Lee Grodzins Postdoctoral Award Winner

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)



October 9, 2017



NO TALK: COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY

 



October 16, 2017

hosted by: Bolek Wyslouch

Rebecca Surman, University of Notre Dame

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)



October 23, 2017

hosted by: Tracy Slatyer

Tomer Valansky, TAU and IAS

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)



October 30, 2017

hosted by: Jesse Thaler


Yuval Grossman, Cornell University

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)



November 6, 2017

hosted by:Daniel Harlow


Tom Faulkner, University of Illinois

TBA

Abstract: TBA


time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)

 



November 13, 2017

hosted by: Kerstin Perez

Regina Caputo, University of Maryland/NASA/GSFC

TBA

Abstract: TBA


time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.

 



November 20, 2017

hosted by: Stanley Kowalski

David Armstron, The College of William & Mary

TBA

Abstract: TBA


time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.



November 27, 2017

hosted by: Richard Milner


TBA

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)

 


December 4, 2017

hosted by: Richard Milner


TBA

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)


December 11, 2017

hosted by: Richard Milner


TBA

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)


December 18, 2017

hosted by: Richard Milner


TBA

TBA

Abstract: TBA

time:    4:00 p.m.
place:   Kolker Room (26-414)

(refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)