Past Events

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 3:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: John Thomas (NC State)
"Testing String Theory? Scale Invariance in Expanding Strongly Interacting Fermi Gases" Abstract forthcoming. Coffee and cookies will be served before the event in room 128.
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Huaixiu Zheng (Yale University)
We propose a circuit-QED-based single-microwave-photon detector for dark matter axion searches. The strong coupling between a superconducting qubit and microwave photons makes it possible to detect the extremely weak axion signal with a high sensitivity. With realistic experimental parameters, the... Read More »
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 2:00pm
Physics 278
Speaker: Mia Liu, Fermilab
The search for supersymmetry (SUSY) is a long-standing important task in particle physics. One prime motivation for weak-scale SUSY is that it protects the Higgs vacuum expectation value without unnatural fine-tuning of the theory parameters. Light stops one of the key features of natural SUSY. In... Read More »
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 2:00pm
Physics 278
Speaker: Mayra D Cervantes, Purdue University
Dark Matter in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) is typically expected to induce nuclear recoils in a terrestrial detector target with an annually modulated rate due to the motion of the Earth around the Sun. Although such a modulation has been observed by the DAMA/LIBRA... Read More »
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:30pm
Gross Hall 107 - Ahmadieh Family Auditorium
Kate Scholberg and Chris Walter, Duke Physics professors, will tell the story of neutrinos, focusing discovery of oscillations of neutrinos from the atmosphere by Super-Kamiokande, a 50-kton water Cherenkov detector inside a mountain in Japan. Reception will follow
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:30pm
Physics 130
Title and abstract forthcoming. Coffee and cookies will be served before the event in Physics room 130.
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 9:00pm
Join us at the Duke Teaching Observatory for the Statewide Star Party, the kickoff event of the 2016 North Carolina Science Festival. You will observe a variety of celestial objects including Jupiter and its moons, multiple star systems, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies. In addition, we will... Read More »
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Waseem S. Bakr (Princeton University)
Ultracold atomic gases are a pristine platform for studying the physics of strongly-correlated quantum systems. Motivated by the search for exotic forms of superfluidity, we have studied a two-component, strongly-interacting two-dimensional Fermi gas with spin imbalance. The low-temperature phase... Read More »
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 4:30pm
Gross Hall 107 - Ahmadieh Family Auditorium
Speaker: Sidney Nagel (University of Chicago)
Because fluids flow and readily change their shape in response to small forces, liquid drops have frequently been used to model phenomena as diverse as the dynamics of star formation or the statics of nuclear shape. The exhilarating spray from waves crashing onto the shore, the distressing... Read More »
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 3:30pm
Gross Hall 330
Speaker: Yihong Wu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Estimating the support size of a distribution is a classical problem in statistics, dating back to the early work of Fisher, Good-Turing, and the influential work by Efron-Thisted on "how many words did Shakespeare know." This problem has also been investigated by the CS theory community under the... Read More »