Past Events

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 2:00pm
Physics 278
Speaker: Frank Meier, Duke University
The Standard model of particle physics (SM) has been completed withthe observation of the Higgs boson in 2012. However, many questionslike the explanation for the large matter-antimatter asymmetryobserved in today's universe or the hierarchy problem remainunanswered. The Belle II experiment at the... Read More »
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Saori Pastore (Washington University)
In this talk, I will report on recent progress in microscopic calculations of neutrino-nucleus interactions and their impact on ongoing experimental eorts in Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrino Physics. In particular, I will present calculations of beta decay and neutrinoless double beta decay... Read More »
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 3:30pm
Physics 130
Speaker: Eric R. Hudson
"Laser spectroscopy of a nucleus: The search for the isomeric transition in thorium-229" In 1976 Kroger and Reich established the existence of a low-lying, nuclear excited state in Th-229 that appeared to be accessible with laser technology. This discovery touched off a flurry of activity to... Read More »
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Emanuel Gull (University of Michigan)
We analyze the time-dependent formation of the spectral function of an Anderson impurity model in the Kondo regime within a numerically exact real-time quantum Monte Carlo framework. At steady state, splitting of the Kondo peak occurs with nontrivial dependence on voltage and temperature, and with... Read More »
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 3:30pm
Physics 130
Speaker: Randy Kamien (University of Pennsylvania)
"The Softest Crystals" Usually, crystals have three-dimensional periodicity. Smectic liquid crystals, however, have one-dimensional order, even in three-dimensional samples. These systems, as simple as they might seem, connect the physics of biomembranes, superconductivity, and even special... Read More »
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 12:00pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A, room 1464
Speaker: Andrea Tao, UC San Diego
Abstract: How do we engineer matter at different length scales? My lab investigates experimental synthesis and assembly techniques that allow us to organize colloidal nanoparticles rationally, precisely, and collectively into larger-scale architectures. I will present work at three different scales... Read More »
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 2:15pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Art Ramirez (UC Santa Cruz)
Magnetization plateaus are related to topological quantization that entwines spin and spatial degrees of freedom leading to a gap in the energy spectrum. I will discuss an example of a plateau in a Shastry-Sutherland system TmB4, where we used high-precision specific heat and magnetization to... Read More »
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Sami Mitra (APS, Physical Review Letters)
In a talk that I am hoping will quickly morph into a free-flowing Q and A session, I will discuss the role that journals in general and PRL in particular play in disseminating your physics results. The process is a cascading sequence that entails interacting with journal editors, referees,... Read More »
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 5:30pm
Duke Teaching Observatory
Observe the sky through modern 10" telescopes, guided by Duke physicists. Free event, everyone welcome. Weather dependent. Check web page for weather cancellation updates
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:30pm
Physics 130
Speaker: Melissa Franklin (Harvard University)
"Why Accelerators Matter - from Maria-Goeppert-Mayer to Future Colliders" Maria Goeppert-Mayer spent her career thinking about the lifetimes of things: nuclei, elements, atoms, isotopes. She used data taken with a cyclotron in order to discover the nuclear shell model. Since then particle... Read More »