Events Archive


FPO - Kelvin Mei - "A Search for Scalar Top Quarks in Final States with High Jet Multiplicity and a Lepton with the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider"

Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 3:30 pm

A search is conducted for scalar top quarks decaying in the Full Run II dataset for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of 137.2\fbinv collected at a center of mass energy of √s = 14 TeV.

HET Seminar | Lorenz Eberhardt, Member, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study | “Partition functions of the tensionless string” | via Zoom

Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 1:45 pm

I discuss string theory on AdS3xS3xT4 in the tensionless limit, with one unit of NS-NS flux. This theory is conjectured to be dual to the symmetric product orbifold CFT.


FPO - Tong Gao - Thermal Transport Properties of Quantum Spin Liquid Materials

Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 10:00 am

Abstract Quantum spin liquids(QSL) have fascinated physicists for nearly half a century since Anderson first introduced this concept with his resonating-valence-bond(RVB) idea in 1973. Although many progresses had been made, more challenges emerge from both theoretical and experimental perspectives.

FPO - JaeUk Kim - Hyperuniformity of Point Patterns and Two-Phase Composite Media

Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 10:00 am

This dissertation focuses on the generation of certain special disordered systems, as well as general tools that have been developed to characterize their microstructures. Particular attention is devoted to disordered hyperuniform systems, which are ex- otic amorphous states of matter that lie between crystals and liquids.

FPO - Zheng Ma - "Generation and Structural Characterization of Non-Hyperuniform and Hyperuniform Disordered Systems"

Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 11:30 am

This dissertation focuses on the generation of certain special disordered systems, as well as general tools that have been developed to characterize their microstructures. Particular attention is devoted to disordered hyperuniform systems, which are ex- otic amorphous states of matter that lie between crystals and liquids.

HET Seminar | Andy Neitzke, Yale University | “An update on exact WKB and supersymmetric field theory” | via Zoom

Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 1:45 pm

Over the last decade it has become clear that there is a close connection between the BPS sector of N=2 supersymmetric field theories in four dimensions and the exact WKB method for analysis of ordinary differential equations (Schrodinger equations and their higher-order analogues).


HET Seminar | Leopoldo A. Pando Zayas, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | "Sub-leading microstate counting of AdS black hole entropy" | via Zoom

Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 2:30 pm

I will briefly describe some recent progress in the microscopic understanding of the entropy of certain AdS black holes.


HET Seminar | Xi Dong, University of California, Santa Barbara | "Enhanced Corrections to the Page Curve near Holographic Entanglement Transitions” | via Zoom

Mon, Aug 17, 2020, 2:30 pm

I will present enhanced corrections to the entanglement entropy of a subsystem in holographic states.  These corrections appear near phase transitions in the entanglement entropy due to competing extremal surfaces, and they are holographic avatars of similar corrections previously found in chaotic energy eigenstates.  I will first show...


HET Seminar | Ken Van Tilburg, University of California, Santa Barbara | “Stellar Basins of Gravitationally Bound Particles” | via Zoom

Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 2:30 pm

I will describe and explore the consequences of a newly identified physical phenomenon: volumetric stellar emission into gravitationally bound orbits of weakly coupled particles such as axions, moduli, hidden photons, and neutrinos.


Virtual Condensed Matter Seminar | Yuan Cao, MIT | "Competing Orders, Nematicity and Novel Josephson Effects in Superconducting Graphene Superlattices"

Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 2:00 pm

The emergence of two-dimensional materials have provided physicists with unprecedented way of studying the motion of electrons in a superconductor. Although superconductivity itself has been studied for more than a century, the recent advances of “twistronics” research in graphene superlattices brings fundamentally new physics into the picture...


FPO - Jiaqi Jiang "Selected problems in quantum field theory in different dimensions"

Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 10:00 am
This thesis examines quantum field theories in different dimensions.

FPO - Alexey Milekhin - "Quantum mechanical systems with holographic duals"

Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 11:00 am

This thesis is devoted to studying quantum mechanical systems with gravity duals. It is interesting to study holographic correspondence for quantum mechanical systems since we have much more theoretical control over them compared to quantum field theories.

FPO - Justin Ripley - "General relativity and its classical modification in gravitational collapse"

Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 11:00 am

In this thesis, we describe numerical spherical collapse solutions to a ``modified gravity'' theory, Einstein dilaton Gauss-Bonnet (EdGB) gravity.

FPO - Jingjing Lin "Transport Properties of Topological Chalcogenides under Pressure"

Tue, Jun 30, 2020, 2:00 pm

Magnetic breakdown refers to the tunneling of electrons between distinct orbitals beyond a critical magnetic field.

FPO - Luca Iliesiu - "On Two-Dimensional Quantum Gravity"

Fri, Jun 26, 2020, 1:00 pm

his thesis explores topics in two-dimensional quantum gravity, focusing on the specific model of Jackiw-Teitelboim (JT) gravity and its relation to higher-dimensional black holes (BHs).

FPO - Sanjay Moudgalya - "New Forms of Ergodicity Breaking in Quantum Many-Body Systems"

Thu, Jun 25, 2020, 11:00 am

Generic isolated interacting quantum systems are believed to be ergodic, i.e. any simple initial state evolves to a thermal state at late-times, forming a barrier to the protection of quantum information. A sufficient condition for the thermalization of initial states in an isolated quantum system is the Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis (...

FPO - Akshay Yelleshpur Srikant - "On-shell methods and positive geometry"

FPO - Christian Jepsen ""Physics of the Ultrametric"

Tue, May 19, 2020, 10:30 am

This thesis examines topics in ultrametric physics, by which is meant physical theories involving $p$-adic numbers or the $p$-adic distance function.

FPO - Yale Fan - "Topological Structures in Supersymmetric Gauge Theories"

Mon, May 18, 2020, 1:30 pm

This thesis explores the nonperturbative physics of three-dimensional gauge field theories with varying amounts of supersymmetry through an analysis of their one-dimensional topological substructures.

Biophysics Seminar: Andrew Leifer, Princeton University | Princeton open ventilation monitor project|Zoom

Mon, May 18, 2020, 12:00 pm

Zoom meeting ID: 935 3760 0219

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Audience: A free lecture open to the public.