Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Charles L. Kane (University of Pennsylvania)
Topological superconductivity is a topic of current interest because of its potential for providing a method to reliably store and manipulate quantum information. The most basic topological superconductor has an underlying Ising topological order, in which zero energy Majorana quasiparticle states... Read More »
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:00pm
French Family Science Center 2231
Speaker: Charles Kane (UPenn)
"Topological Phases of Matter" - Matter can arrange itself in the most ingenious ways. In addition to the solid, liquid and gas phases that are familiar in classical physics, quantum mechanics enables the existence of electronic phases of matter that can have both exotic and useful properties.... Read More »
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 3:30pm
Raleigh, NC
Speaker: Soren Schlichting (INT,University of Washington)
We develop a macroscopic description of the space-time evolution of the Quark-Gluon plasma (QGP) during the pre-equilibrium stage of a high-energy heavy-ion collision. Based on an effective kinetic description of the microscopic equilibration process, we calculate the non-equilibrium evolution of... Read More »
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 4:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Evangeline J. Downie (George Washington University)
"The Proton Radius: Are We Really Still Puzzled?" - In 2010, the CREMA collaboration reported their measurement of the proton radius using muonic hydrogen spectroscopy, which was far more precise than, but completely incompatible with, the accepted value. This has become known as the "Proton Radius... Read More »
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 8:30pm
Duke Teaching Observatory
Join Duke physics department members for stargazing through our 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes at the Duke Teaching Observatory. We will point the telescopes at interesting objects in the sky and discuss what we know about the objects we observe, and how we know it. All welcome. More details... Read More »
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:30pm
Raleigh, NC
Speaker: Ben Bakker (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
The alpha particle having spin and isospin 0 is the simplest target to study Compton form factors. Despite the fact that it has only a single electromagnetic form factor, the Compton amplitudes depend on three independent Lorentz invariants. The structure of the scattering amplitudes will be... Read More »
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:40pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Art Champagne (UNC and TUNL)
"Abundance Anomalies in Globular Clusters - Does the Fault Lie in the Stars?" - Globular clusters are the oldest structures to form in the galaxy and thus their ages provide a wealth of information about the evolution of the Milky Way. These ages assume that we understand stellar evolution and the... Read More »
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: A. Aprahamian (University of Notre Dame)
"Origin of the heavy elements: are neutron star mergers the answer?" - The US science academies report on ``Connecting Quarks to the Cosmos'' identified eleven of the most challenging open questions for all of physics in the 21st century. One of these eleven questions included the identification of... Read More »
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 4:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Alvaro Chavarria (University of Washington)
Title and abstract forthcoming. Faculty host: Kate Scholberg | Coffee and cookies will be served before the event in room 128.