Past Events

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 3:30pm
Raleigh, NC 
Speaker: Shunsaku Horiuchi (Virginia Tech.)
Massive stars end their lives in a violent core collapse. While the expectation for the majority of them has been the formation of a protoneutron star and an optical supernova explosion, an alternate channel is the collapse to a black hole with only a limited optical transient. I will discuss... Read More »
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 3:30pm
Physics 130
Speaker: Jonathon Howard (Yale)
"Swimming Strokes of Microorganisms: Collective Motion by Molecular Motors" The beating patterns of sperm flagella and the breast-stroke like swimming strokes of ciliates are driven by the molecular motor dynein. This motor generates sliding forces between adjacent microtubule doublets within the... Read More »
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 3:30pm
Raleigh, NC 
Speaker: Mukund Rangamani (UC Davis)
I will describe how to arrive at an effective action for dissipative hydrodynamics starting from the microscopic Schwinger-Keldysh construction. The essential ingredients will the doubling of degrees of freedom, an emergent abelian symmetry that is associated with entropy, and a BRST supersymmetry... Read More »
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Arnab Banerjee (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
In 2006, Alexei Kitaev proposed that certain 2D honeycomb magnets with a strong spin-orbit coupling in the low-spin (S=1/2) ground state and a high degree of bond anisotropy will form a quantum-spin-liquid (QSL). This QSL is special since its excitations can be solved exactly to predict the... Read More »
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Paul Romatschke (Univ. of Colorado)
In high energy collisions of heavy-ions, experimental findings of collective flow are customarily associated with the presence of a thermalized medium expanding according to the laws of hydrodynamics, which has been dubbed a 'quark-gluon plasma'. Just a few years ago, there was near consensus in... Read More »

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 3:30pm
Raleigh, NC 
Speaker: Mauricio Martinez (Ohio State)
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 3:30pm
Physics 130
Speaker: Laura Mersini-Houghton (UNC)
"Initial Conditions of the Universe" - I will describe my proposal for the wavefunction of the universe on the landscape multiverse which led to a theory of the selection of the initial conditions of the universe and a series of testable predictions. The series of anomalies derived from this... Read More »
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Francesco Scardina (Catania)
One of the primary aims of the ongoing nuclear collisions at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and Large Hadron Collider (LHC) energies is to create a Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP). The heavy quarks (HQ), charm and bottom constitutes a unique probe of the QGP properties. Both at RHIC and LHC... Read More »
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Gu Zhang (Duke University)
We show that placing a quantum system in contact with an environment can enhance non-Fermi-liquid correlations, rather than destroying quantum effects as is typical. The system consists of two quantum dots in series with two leads; the highly resistive leads couple charge flow through the dots to... Read More »
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Christine Nattrass (Univ. of Tennessee)
TBA

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