Nuclear Lunch -- Fall 2012

This is an archive of the Fall 2012 topics; the schedule for the current quarter is located here.


Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
September 5 Linda Hlophe Observation of Electron-Antineutrino Disappearance at Daya Bay, F. P. An et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 171803 (2012).
Faculty adviser: Julie Roche
September 12 Harsha Attanayake Discussion of questions from previous week.
September 19 Arbin Thapaliya Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC, The CMS Collaboration, arXiv:1207.7235v1.
Faculty adviser: Ken Hicks
September 26 Dilu Divaratne Discussion of questions from previous week.
October 3 Brian Muccioli Dark Matter Results from 100 Live Days of XENON100 Data, The XENON100 Collaboration, arXiv:1104.2549.
Faculty adviser: Prakash
October 10 Bijaya Acharya Discussion of questions from previous week.
October 17 Sushil Dhakal Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay in 136Xe with EXO-200, M. Auger et al. (EXO Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 032505 (2012).
Synopsis: Looking for No Neutrinos. Faculty adviser: Paul King
October 24 Cody Parker Discussion of questions from previous week.
October 31 Alina Karki At the Frontiers of Fundamental Science Research, Rose Hansen, Science and Technology Review Jan/Feb 2012 (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory article about NIF).
Faculty adviser: Carl Brune
November 7 Azmat Orazbayev Discussion of questions from previous week.
November 14 Andrea Richard The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems." Popular and advanced information is available from the Nobel Prize website.
Faculty adviser: Charlotte Elster
November 28 Youngshin Byun Constraining Dark Matter Models from a Combined Analysis of Milky Way Satellites with the Fermi Large Area Telescope, M. Ackermann et al. (The Fermi-LAT Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett 107, 241302 (2012).
Faculty advser: Daniel Phillips
December 5 Anthony Ramirez Discussion of questions from previous week.

Background Information

The lead faculty coordinators for Fall 2012 were Carl Brune and Charlotte Elster. Other coordinators were Justin Frantz, Ken Hicks, Paul King, Ken Nollet, Daniel Phillips, Prakash, and Julie Roche.

Last updated December 12, 2012 by C. Brune.