Past Events

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Nick Ouellette (Yale)
** Please note this event is for Monday not Wednesday. ** "Collective Dynamics of Laboratory Insect Swarms" Self-organized collective animal behavior--in swarms, flocks, schools, herds, or crowds--is ubiquitous throughout the animal kingdom. In part because it is so generic, it has engaged and... Read More »
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:30am
Physics 128
Speaker: Cenke Xu (USCB)
This event has been postponed due to the winter weather. It will be rescheduled later this semester. Spin liquid states are ground states of quantum spin systems that do not spontaneously break any global symmetry. In the last decade tremendous progresses have been made in searching for spin liquid... Read More »
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Krzysztof Redlich (Wroclaw U.)
We discuss results on the Polyakov loop susceptibilities in SU(3) lattice gauge theory. The longitudinal and transverse fluctuations of the Polyakov loop, as well as, that of its absolute value will be introduced in the context of the confinement-deconfinement phase transition. We will indicate... Read More »
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:30pm
Physics 278
Speaker: Pi-Jung Chang (Kansas State University)
In March 2012, the Double Chooz reactor neutrino experiment published its most precise result so far: sin22¿13 = 0.109 ± 0.030(stat.) ± 0.025(syst.). The statistical significance is 99.9% away from the no-oscillation hypothesis. The systematic uncertainties from background and detection efficiency... Read More »
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Mats A. Selen (University of IL)
"Tradition to Enlightenment The Evolution of Intro Physics at the University of Illinois" About 17 years ago we significantly changed the way we teach intro physics at UIUC. The innovation, which in hindsight seems almost trivial, was to define these courses in terms of their content and... Read More »
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Irakli Chakaberia (Kansas State University)
Particle physics, as it is known today, is a union of electroweak theory and quantum chronodynamics, collectively called the standard model (SM). Despite the tremendous success of the SM, it falls short of answering some of the fundamental questions of the nature, hence, cannot be considered the... Read More »
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Adrian Dumitru (Baruch CUNY)
I discuss the structure of longitudinal chromomagnetic fields which develop in heavy-ion collisions. Rather than being homogeneous, Bz is found to exhibit domain-like structures in the transverse plane. The expectation values of spatial Wilson loops exhibit area law scaling for radii larger than... Read More »
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 2:30pm
Physics 278
Speaker: Rishi Patel (Rutgers U.)
One of the top priorities of the first run of the Large Hadron Collider has been to understand the Higgs mechanism and how it gives mass to particles. The Higgs decay to photons has been crucial for both the discovery of the new boson at 125 GeV and the measurement of its properties. The... Read More »
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Carmen Carmona
LUX (Large Underground Xenon) is a dark matter direct detection experiment deployed at the 4850' level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD, operating a 370 kg dual-phase xenon TPC. We have recently reported the results of the first WIMP search dataset, taken during the... Read More »
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:00am
Physics 278
Speaker: Erin O'Sullivan (Queen's University)
SNO+ is a scintillator-based neutrino experiment that will be housed at the SNOLAB facility, located two km underground in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The SNO+ detector will be capable of exploring many new areas of neutrino physics including neutrinoless double beta decay and low energy solar... Read More »