Events Archive


Canceled-Biophysics Seminar: Allan Drummond, University of Chicago: Evolution of low-complexity protein regions implicated in biomolecular condensation|Joseph Henry Room

Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 12:00 pm
Audience: A free lecture open to the public.

Gravity Group Lunch Seminar, Daniel Dutcher | U. Chicago “Measuring the Polarization of the CMB with SPT-3G”

Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 12:00 pm

Observations of the cosmic microwave background form the pillar of our current understanding of cosmology. Measurements of the temperature and polarization anisotropies of the CMB extending to small angular scales set tight constraints on cosmological parameters, probing both the standard LCDM model and the physics of inflation.

Condensed Matter Seminar | Adrian Po, MIT | "Symmetry indicators for topological superconductors" | Joseph Henry Room, Jadwin Hall

Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 1:30 pm

A useful guiding principle for the search of topological superconductors is to relate the topological invariants with the behavior of the pairing order parameter on the normal-state Fermi surfaces. In this talk, we will discuss how this paradigm can be integrated with the notion of symmetry indicators, which enables an efficient diagnosis of...


Mathematical Physics Seminar: Marius Lemm, Harvard University, "Spectral Gaps in Quantum Spin Systems"

Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 4:30 pm

Quantum spin systems are many-body models which are of wide interest in modern physics and at the same time amenable to rigorous mathematical analysis. A central question about a quantum spin system is whether its Hamiltonian exhibits a spectral gap above the ground state.


Pheno & Vino | Prasnth Shyamsundar, U of Florida | "Quantum computing and machine learning in high energy data analysis" | Jadwin 303

Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 4:00 pm

Recently there has been a growing interest in the application of quantum computing and machine learning in many scientific disciplines, including high energy physics. In the first half of this talk, we will look at a novel quantum computing based technique to search for unmodeled deviations from a simulated expectation in high-dimensional...


Gravity Initiative Lunch, Martin Lesourd | Harvard BHI “ The Quasi-Local Penrose Inequality and the Hoop Conjecture”

Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 12:30 pm

The Spacetime Inequality of Penrose 1972 says that any slice in any black hole spacetime, the ADM mass of the slice is bounded below by the area of cuts with the event horizon.

Biophysics Seminar: Andreas Gahlmann, University of Virginia: Visualizing Bacterial Physiology at High Resolution using Single-Molecule Tracking and Lattice-Light Sheet Microscopy |Joseph Henry Room

Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 12:00 pm

Our lab develops new imaging approaches for visualizing bacterial physiology in relevant contexts: We use live-cell single-molecule localization microscopy and lattice-light sheet microscopy to access 3D spatial and temporal information with high resolution.

Audience: A free lecture open to the public.

HET Seminar | Silviu Pufu, Princeton University | "Modular invariance in superstring theory from N=4 super-Yang-Mills" | PCTS, Jadwin 407

Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 1:45 pm

In this talk, I will first review some of the recent progress on computing holographic correlators using analytic bootstrap techniques combined with supersymmetric localization, focusing on the case of the N = 4 super-Yang-Mills theory.


Gravity Group Lunch Seminar, Justin Ripley & Joseph van der List | Princeton

Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 12:00 pm

Justin Ripley, Princeton University "Modeling the 'ringdown' of a Kerr black hole"

Princeton Physics March Meeting 2020

Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 9:00 am

In response to the cancelled APS March Meeting, postdocs and graduate students will be hosting a "virtual" Princeton Physics March Meeting this Thursday, March 5, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in PCTS seminar room 407.  

Audience: Faculty, Postdocs, graduate students

Mathematical Physics Seminar: Ian Jauslin, Princeton University, "A Simplified Approach to Interacting Bose Gases"

Tue, Mar 3, 2020, 4:30 pm

I will discuss some new results about an effective theory introduced by Lieb in 1963 to approximate the ground state energy of interacting Bosons at low density. In this regime, it agrees with the predictions of Bogolyubov. At high densities, Hartree theory provides a good approximation.


Pheno & Vino Seminar | Alexander Mitov, Cavendish Lab, Cambridge | "The 2 to 3 Frontier in NNLO LHC calculations" | 303 Jadwin Hall

Tue, Mar 3, 2020, 4:00 pm

For the last 5 years or so, there has been a major effort towards the calculation of two-loop 5-point QCD amplitudes and their corresponding LHC cross-sections at NNLO. Very recently, the first such calculation - 3-photon production - was completed [arXiv:1911.00479]. I will explain the novel features, and lessons learned, in regard to 5-point...


Gravity Initiative Lunch, Maxime Van De Moortel | Princeton "The breakdown of weak null singularities inside black holes"

Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 12:30 pm

Abstract: The characterization of singularities inside black holes is a fundamental problem in General Relativity. While the celebrated “mass inflation” scenario suggests that a weakly *singular* Cauchy horizon forms inside generic black holes (near time-like infinity), the global structure of the black hole interior boundary has largely...

HET Seminar | Victor Gorbenko, Member, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study | "λ ϕ⁴ in dS" | Bloomberg Lecture Hall (IAS)

Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 1:45 pm

Gravity Group Lunch Seminar, Zack Li & Rita Sonka | Princeton

Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 12:00 pm

Zack Li, Princeton University
"ABS, ACT, and Planck via the Simons Observatory Power Spectrum Pipeline"

Condensed Matter Seminar | Mikhail I. Eremets, Max Planck | "Progress in high-temperature conventional superconductivity" PCTS Seminar Room 407

Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 11:45 am

We studied the state of matter under extreme conditions and found new phenomena and materials, including polymeric nitrogen, transparent sodium, semimetallic hydrogen, and superconductivy in various substances.


Mathematical Physics Seminar: Michael Kiessling, Rutgers University, "Quantization of the electromagnetic field as a consequence of old-fashioned semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of radiating atoms''

Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 4:30 pm

Born's probabilistic interpretation of Schroedinger's wave function is shown to lead to a semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules, etc., coupled with electromagnetic radiation. No second quantization is invoked, yet the photon naturally shows up in this formulation.


Pheno & Vino Seminar | Timothy Cohen, U of Oregon | "The Higgs Effective Theory is a Black Hole" | Jadwin 303

Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 4:00 pm

Treating the Standard Model as an Effective Field Theory (EFT) yields a general framework for exploring deviations in observables that probe the indirect effects of new particles.  Two treatments are typically discussed --- Higgs EFT (HEFT) and Standard Model EFT (SMEFT) --- my goal in this talk is to compare and contrast them.  The key...


HET Seminar | Vladimir Kazakov, Ecole Normale Supérieure | "Conformal Fishnet Theory" | Bloomberg Lecture Hall (IAS)

Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 2:30 pm

"I will review the proprieties and recent results for conformal fishnet theory (FCFT) which was proposed by O.Gurdogan and myself as a special double scaling limit of gamma-deformed N=4 SYM theory.  FCFT, in its simplest, bi-scalar version, is a UV finite strongly coupled 4-dimensionl logarithmic CFT dominated by planar fishnet Feynman graphs (...


Gravity Initiative Lunch, Stephen Adler | IAS "Implications of a Frame-Dependent Dark Energy for the Spacetime Metric and "Hubble Tension""

Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 12:30 pm

Abstract:   I discuss the possibility that the ''dark energy'' that drives the accelerated expansion of the universe arises not from a conventional cosmological constant term in the gravitational action, but rather from a frame-dependent but Weyl scaling invariant action term.