Elementary Particle Physics Seminar

semester, 2017


Wednesday, January 18th 2017
There will be no seminar this week.

Wednesday, February 1st 2017
To be announced.

Wednesday, February 8th 2017
To be announced.

Wednesday, February 15th 2017
To be announced.

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017
Planning meeting

Wednesday, March 1st 2017
Speaker:  Abner Soffer, Tel Aviv University
Subject: New physics with long-lived particles

Wednesday, March 8th 2017
Speaker: Paper Discussion
Subject: Improved measurement of |V(ub)| with inclusive semileptonic B decays. CLEO Collaboration.

Paper Discussion: "Improved measurement of |V(ub)| with inclusive
semileptonic B decays". CLEO Collaboration.

Anyone can join the discussion. Please try to read the paper before the seminar. You can find it at http://inspirehep.net/record/582690


Wednesday, March 22nd 2017
To be announced.

Wednesday, March 29th 2017
Speaker: Aaron Mislivec, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino-Nucleus Coherent Pion Production at MINERvA

Neutrino-nucleus coherent pion production is a rare neutrino scattering process that produces a lepton and pion in the forward direction while leaving the target nucleus in its initial state. Despite being rare, coherent pion production is an important background to neutrino oscillation measurements. Previous measurements of coherent pion production in the 1 to 10 GeV neutrino energy range, the energy range in which neutrino oscillation experiments operate, have been limited by either low statistics or detector capabilities. MINERvA, a dedicated neutrino-nucleus scattering experiment, has made precise measurements of neutrino and antineutrino charged current coherent pion production on carbon at 2 to 20 GeV neutrino energies. These measurements are an important input to neutrino-nucleus interaction models utilized by neutrino oscillation experiments.


Wednesday, April 5th 2017
Subject: Paper Reading - "First measurement of muon-neutrino disappearance in NOvA"
Note change of room, for the rest of semester.

Wednesday, April 12th 2017
Speaker: Minh Nguyen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutral Naturalness at the LHC

Wednesday, April 26th 2017
Paper Reading

Title: Charged Lepton Violation (theory paper)
Author: Andrea de Gouvea, Northwestern Physics Dept
Topics: Model Independent CLFV, Exotic Models and production at LHC


Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
To be announced.

Wednesday, September 6th 2017
3:35 pm:
Planning meeting

Wednesday, September 13th 2017
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.

Wednesday, September 20th 2017
Speaker: D. Cronin-Hennessy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Paper reading: "Mechanical Detection and Measurement of the Angular Momentum of Light" by Richard A. Beth

Wednesday, September 27th 2017
To be announced.

Wednesday, October 4th 2017
Speaker: Paper Reading
Subject: "The modified Newtonian dynamics—MOND and its implications for new physics"

Wednesday, October 11th 2017
Speaker: Anthony Villano, UMN
Subject: The Sensitivity Frontier for Cryogenic Semiconductor Detectors

Cryogenic semiconductor particle detectors are undergoing revolutionary advancements that can greatly improve the reach of dark matter direct detection experiments. In order to fully realize the potential of these detector advancements, major challenges in ultra-low-energy calibration and device physics must be overcome. I will discuss techniques to use sub-keV energy deposits to bring the physics of detector response into sharper focus. Using the framework developed to study detector response at this level we will then muse about future devices with even more extraordinary capabilities.


Wednesday, October 18th 2017
To be announced.

Wednesday, October 25th 2017
Speaker: Doug Glenzinski, Fermilab
Subject: The Mu2e Experiment

Wednesday, November 1st 2017
There will be no seminar this week.

Wednesday, November 8th 2017
Speaker: Zachary Lesko, University of Minnesota
Subject: Using The Drell–Yan process to test accuracy of simulated data sets.

Measurement of the transverse momentum (Qt) of the Z boson is useful for testing the accuracy of simulation software. The hadronization step, which simulates the QCD results of a proton proton collision, is a major potential beneficiary of this study . A highly accurate hadronization is vital for finding the mass of the other weak force carrier, the W boson. However the measurement of the Z's Qt is inaccurate at low values. I will discuss the use of the variable φ∗ which has a high correlation with the Qt of the Z boson


Wednesday, November 15th 2017
Speaker: Dr Jason Bono from Fermilab
Subject: To be announced.

Wednesday, November 22nd 2017
Speaker: Hajime Muramatsu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Leptonic Decays of Charmed Mesons at BESIII

BESIII now holds the world's largest e+e- annihilation samples taken at Ecm = 3.773 and 4.178 GeV which produce copious charmed mesons, D0, D+, and Ds+. In this talk, I would like to report our on-going studies on D+ -> l nu and
Ds -> l nu (l = mu and tau). These allow us to determine the elements of the CKM matrix within the standard model, to test the unitarity of the second rows of the CKM matrix, probe lepton universality, as well as to calibrate the LQCD calculations of the decay constants, fD(s)+.


Wednesday, November 29th 2017
Speaker: Marvin Marshak, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino Experiments at the Soudan Underground Laboratory

I will discuss the 38-year history of proton decay and neutrino experiments
at the Soudan Underground Laboratory, with a focus on the early history
of how and why the lab started and how it developed an extensive program
of physics experiments.


Wednesday, December 13th 2017
There is no seminar this week.

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