Past Events

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 »
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 »
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: John Schotland (University of Michigan)
"Inverse Problems in Optical Imaging" - One of the grand challenges in biomedical science is to develop effective methods for optical imaging. In this talk I will review recent work on related inverse problems for the Boltzmann transport equation and fast image reconstruction algorithms for large... Read More »
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Physics 278
Speaker: Dan Pershey, Caltech
NOvA is a two-detector, long-baseline experiment designed to measurethe rate of electron neutrino appearance in the narrow-band, off-axisNuMI beam of muon neutrinos. We will discuss recent results from thejoint analysis of muon neutrino disappearance and electron neutrinoappearance. The dataset... Read More »
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 4:30pm
French Family Science Center 4233
Speaker: Jane S. Richardson
Duke biochemist Jane S. Richardson developed the now ubiquitous method of visualizing protein structure called Richardson Diagrams or Ribbon Diagrams.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Dan Shahar (Weizmann Institute of Science)
The study of the magnetic-field driven superconductor-insulator transition in thin superconducting films at low temperatures reveals an unusual insulator whose conductivity seems to approach zero at a finite temperature, while its current-voltage characteristics are bistable, indicating that the... Read More »
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Amy Nicholson (UNC)
While the discovery of non-zero neutrino masses is among the most importantaccomplishments by physicists in the past century, it is still unknown how andin what form these masses arise. Lepton number-violating neutrinoless doublebeta decay is a natural consequence of Majorana neutrinos and many BSM... Read More »
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 11:30am
Physics 298
Speaker: Manuel Houzet (Université Grenoble Alpes and CEA)
Experimentally, the concentration of quasi-particles in gapped superconductors always largely exceeds the equilibrium one at low temperatures. Since these quasiparticles are detrimental for many applications, it is important to understand the origin of the excess. We demonstrate that the dynamics... Read More »
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am
Teer 106
Speaker: Partick Charbonneau
The Research Triangle MRSEC presents its annual outreach event titled "The Material Science of Food and Drink". Keynote speaker will be Patrick Charbonneau, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Duke University on "The Chemistry and Physics of Cooking". There will also be 5+ hands on scientific demos... Read More »
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:00am
Physics 278
Speaker: Simonetta Liuti, University of Virginia
I will discuss the impact of recent developments in hadron phenomenology on extracting possible fundamental tensor and scalar interactions beyond the standard model. A novel class of observables from electron scattering processes in the Multi-GeV region, including the chiral-odd generalized parton... Read More »