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Title: Physics on Pointe - Merritt Moore - Taplin Auditorium
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 8:00 pm8:00 pm

Abstract: Merritt Moore will discuss her journey as a physicist and professional ballet dancer. She will discuss why studying physics made her a better dancer, with a career spanning across the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet, and why being a ballerina helped her graduate…

Vignettes in Physical Mathematics - Natalie Paquette - Joseph Henry Room
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 2:30 pm2:30 pm

Abstract: Fundamental physics generates new mathematics. String theory and quantum field theory leverage exact and infrared dualities to provide equivalent descriptions of physical objects, some of which admit rigorous definitions; dual pairs of objects are sometimes even formalized using two a priori distinct areas of…

Exploring synthetic quantum matter in superconducting circuits
Mon, Jan 21, 2019, 1:00 pm1:00 pm

Superconducting circuits have emerged as a competitive platform for quantum computation, satisfying the challenges of controllability, long coherence and strong interactions. Here we apply this toolbox to a different problem: the exploration of strongly correlated quantum materials made of microwave photons. We develop a versatile recipe that…

Special Seminar, Nathan Lourie | Dicke Candidate "Sub-arcminute Galactic Polarimetry with the Next Generation Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST-TNG)"
Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 2:00 pm2:00 pm


Mapping the polarized thermal dust emission from our galaxy is important for many fields of astrophysics, and recent observations reveal a complex network of filamentary structures which pervade the interstellar medium and molecular clouds, and are rich with prestellar cores. In the infrared and submillimeter, polarized dust…

Special Seminar, Saptarshi Chaudhuri | Dicke Candidate "Quest for the QCD Axion: DM Radio and Fundamental Limits of Electromagnetic Detection"
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 3:00 pm3:00 pm

The QCD axion, originally proposed as a solution to the strong CP problem, is also a well motivated dark-matter candidate. Recently, a number of experimental proposals have emerged to search for QCD axion dark matter over the entire allowed mass range (~1 peV-1 eV). I discuss fundamental limits on searches for QCD axion dark matter, subject to…

Special Seminar- HEP Dicke Candidate-Yi Jia-MIT-"Precision Measurement of Elementary Particle and Nuclei Fluxes in Cosmic Rays with AMS on the International Space Station" (ISS)
Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 11:00 am12:00 pm

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a general purpose high energy particle detector which was installed on the International Space Station (ISS) on May 19, 2011 to conduct a unique long term mission of fundamental physics research in space. To date, AMS has collected more than 130 billion charged cosmic rays with energies up to multi TeV…

Measurement of the fine-structure constant as a test of the Standard Model - Richard Parker, Berkeley
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 1:00 pm1:00 pm

Abstract: Measurements of the fine-structure constant alpha require methods from several subfields and are thus powerful tests of the consistency of theory and experiment in physics. Using the recoil frequency of cesium-133 atoms in a matter-wave interferometer, we recorded the most accurate measurement of the fine…

Special Seminar- HEP Dicke Candidate-Karri DiPetrillo-Harvard- "Searching for long-lived particles with displaced vertices in ATLAS"
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 11:00 am12:00 pm


Most searches for new physics at the Large Hadron Collider assume that a new particle produced in pp-collisions decays almost immediately, or is non-interacting and escapes the detector. However, a variety of new physics models predict particles which decay inside the detector at a discernible distance from the interaction…

Special Seminar- HEP Dicke Candidate-Cecile Caillol-CERN-"Characterization of the Higgs Boson with the CMS Detector"
Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Abstract: "With the discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments in 2012, the fundamental question “Does the Higgs boson exist?” was replaced by “Is it really the Higgs boson of the standard model?”. In 2017, the observation of Higgs boson decays to tau leptons with a rate compatible with that expected in the standard model…