Past Events

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 3:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Dongping Zhong (OSU)
"Light and life: How biological species respond to UV radiation?" - Sunlight is essential to life on earth both as an energy source to fuel photosynthesis for chemical energy and as a biological signal to control circadian rhythm in the life cycle. However, the UV radiation in sunlight, especially... Read More »
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 3:00pm
Physics 119
Speaker: Ilarion Melnikov, Harvard University
Duke - UNC joint seminar at Duke.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 3:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Stewart Prager (PPPL)
CANCELLED, WILL RESCHEDULE SOON "The Path to Magnetic Fusion Energy" - When the possibility of fusion as an energy source for electricity generation was realized in the 1950s, understanding of the plasma state was primitive. The fusion goal has been paced by, and has stimulated, the development of... Read More »


Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 4:00pm
Chapel Hill N.C.
Speaker: Daniel S. Park, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
Duke - UNC joint seminar at UNC, Philips 277.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 3:00pm
Physics 119
Speaker: Scott Watson, Syracuse University
Duke - UNC joint seminar at Duke. A detection of primordial gravity waves has been heralded not only as a smoking gun for the existence of inflation, but also as a way to establish the scale at which inflation took place. In this talk I will review the connection between a confirmed detection of... Read More »
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:30pm
Physics 128
Speaker: Michael Rubenstein (UNC Chapel Hill)
"Ten Unsolved Problems in Polymer Physics" Polymer physics is one of the youngest areas of physics, and one of the very few ones that were born outside physics and then later, far beyond the age of infancy, evolved to become an accepted member of physics family. Eighty years ago, scientists were... Read More »
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:00pm
East Campus
Conference for undergraduate women in physics, co-sponsored by the APS, Duke, NC State, UNC and NCCU. Registered participants only.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 3:30pm
Raleigh N.C.
Speaker: Alexei Yung (Univ. of Minnesota)
I review physical scenarios in different vacua of N=2 supersymmetric QCD deformed by the mass term for the adjoint matter. I focus on dynamical scenarios which can serve as a prototypes of what we observe in the real world QCD. The above mentioned deformation breaks supersymmetry down to N=1 and at... Read More »
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 3:30pm
Physics 298
Speaker: Christina Markert (University of Texas Austin)
In ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions a fireball of hot and dense matter is created. When the energy density inside the fireball is very high, liberation of partons is expected to occur and a new phase of matter, the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) is formed. Short lived hadronic resonances are... Read More »
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:30pm
Raleigh N.C.
Speaker: Mikhail Shifman (University of Minnesota)
Starting from a brief review of early exact results in super-Yang-Mills (such as beta functions in N=1) I discuss recent developments of these ideas in newly emerged models (e.g. particular heterotic 2D sigma models) and in newly emerged applications in 4D super Yang-Mills.