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.

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