Events Archive

Giovanni Gallavotti , Title: Nonequilibrium: Thermostats, BBGKY Hierarchy, Fourier's Equation
Wed, Dec 8, 2010, 2:00 pm6:00 pm
Abstract: Review of rigorous results on thermostats. Families of exact formal solutions of the BBGKY hierarchy for hard sphere systems with free boundary conditions at collisions and Fourier equation emergence, to first order in the temperature difference, after boundary conditions are imposed. Formal means that the solutions are given by…
Ofer Firstenberg
Wed, Dec 8, 2010, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Speaker: Ofer Firstenberg Affiliation: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Title: Diffusion and Diffraction of Polaritons in Atomic Media Abstract: We investigate the non-local optical response in a medium of diffusing atoms, where the spectra exhibit motional broadening and narrowing features. Light-matter polaritons traversing the…
Alex Himmel-"Muon Neutrino and Antineutrino Oscillations at MINOS"
Tue, Dec 7, 2010, 3:00 pm4:00 pm
MINOS is a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment with two detectors 734 km apart exposed to the Fermilab NuMI neutrino beam. By comparing the energy spectrum and beam composition at the two sites neutrino oscillations at L/E~500 km/GeV can be measured with precision. We present measurements of the atmospheric mass splitting and mixing…
Monica Guica
Tue, Dec 7, 2010, 12:40 pm1:40 pm
Speaker: Monica Guica, Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Hautes Energies Title: Microscopic realization of the Kerr/CFT correspondence

Ashoke Sen
Mon, Dec 6, 2010, 2:45 pm4:15 pm
Speaker: Ashoke Sen Title: TBA Abstract: TBA

Ashoke Sen
Mon, Dec 6, 2010, 2:45 pm4:15 pm
Speaker: Ashoke Sen Title: Wall Crossing from Boltzmann Black Hole Halos Abstract: By representing the potentially unstable bound states as multi-centered black hole solutions in N=2 supergravity, we provide explicit formula for the change in the (refined) index across a wall of marginal stability. The main physical insight behind our…
Sebastian Schmidt
Mon, Dec 6, 2010, 1:15 pm6:00 pm
Title: Strongly correlated photons in coupled cavity/circuit QED systems Abstract: Motivated by the recent success of engineering strong light-matter interaction in various cavity/circuit QED architectures, there has been a surge of interest in realizing condensed matter-like systems with photonic systems. One of the most…
Dusan Simic
Fri, Dec 3, 2010, 1:30 pm3:00 pm
Speaker: Dusan Simic, Stanford Title: Metastable Warped Throats and Mini-Landscapes of String Vacua

Gavin Salam, CERN, Princeton & LPTHE Paris
Thu, Dec 2, 2010, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Peter Kleban, University of Maine
Wed, Dec 1, 2010, 2:00 pm6:00 pm
Title“Hidden Symmetries at the Percolation Point in Two Dimensions

Rahul Roy
Wed, Dec 1, 2010, 1:15 pm2:30 pm
Title & Abstract: TBA

Gary Horowitz
Mon, Nov 29, 2010, 2:30 pm4:00 pm
Speaker: Gary Horowitz Affiliation: University of California, Santa Barbara Title: The Role of Double Trace Deformations in AdS/CMT

Michael Aizenman, Princeton University
Wed, Nov 24, 2010, 2:00 pm6:00 pm
Title: "Rounding of 1st Order Quantum Phase Transitions in Low- Dimensional Systems with Quenched Disorder " Abstract: The addition of quenched disorder has a rounding effect on 1st order phase trans ition in systems of sufficiently low dimension (d=2, and up to � 4 in case of co ntinuous symmetry). The talk will focus on the recent…
Emanuel Katz
Mon, Nov 22, 2010, 2:45 pm6:00 pm
Speaker: Emanuel Katz Prof. at Boston University Title: CFT/AdS Abstract: We develop the idea of an effective conformal theory describing the low-lying spectrum of the dilatation operator in a CFT. Such an effective theory is useful when the spectrum contains a hierarchy in the dimension of operators, and a small parameter whose role is…
Woowon Kang from the University of Chicago- "Experimental Study of Non-Abelian Statistics in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect"
Mon, Nov 22, 2010, 1:15 pm6:00 pm
Topological phases of matter, apart from being a fundamental phenomenon in quantum physics, has a potential application in fault tolerant quantum computation. The fractional quantum Hall effect to date is the most clearly established example of a topological phase. Topological phases are notable for possessing exotic particles as elementary…
QUIET experiment for CMB polarization measurement, Dr. Akito Kusaka, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP)
Fri, Nov 19, 2010, 3:00 pm6:00 pm
Cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization is the ultimate probe of primordial gravity waves in the early universe, via the B-mode (or parity odd) signal on degree angular scales. A detection of such a signal would be strong evidence of the inflation scenario and represent indirect observation of a fundamentally new phenomenon near the grand…
Thu, Nov 18, 2010, 4:30 pm6:00 pm