Nuclear Lunch: Spring 2018

The Ohio University lunchtime nuclear seminar meets weekly, 11:50-12:45 Wednesdays in the Roger Finlay Conference Room, to discuss interesting papers in nuclear and particle physics. All graduate students and postdocs interested in nuclear physics are welcome to attend. We like to start the talks at 11:50 sharp, so please feel free to come as early as ~11:30 for eating and socializing.

The lead coordinators for Nuclear lunch this semester are faculty members Justin Frantz and Charlotte Elster. Other coordinators are Carl Brune, Charlotte Elster, Julie Roche, Prakash, Ken Hicks, Paul King, Zach Meisel, and Daniel Phillips.


Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
17 January Frantz Organizational Meeting
24 January Mahesh Poudel This week there are actually two papers: Energy-Dependent Neutrino-Nucleon Cross Section Above 10 TeV Using IceCube Showers Unpublished
Measurement of the multi-TeV neutrino interaction cross-section with IceCube using Earth absorption Nature 551, 596.600 (30 November 2017)
Faculty Advisor: Phillips
31 January Sudhanva Lalit Discussion of questions from previous week.
7 February M. H. Anik Observation of five new narrow Omega_0_c states decaying to Xi^+_c+ K_+, CMS Collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 162001 (2017). PRL Synopsis: Five Charming New Baryons,
Faculty Advisor: Hicks
14 February Utsav Shrestha Discussion of questions from previous week.
21 February Matt Burrows Refining mass formulas for astrophysical applications: A Bayesian neural network approach, R. Utama and J. Piekarewicz, Phys. Rev. C 96 044308 (2017).
Faculty Advisor: Meisel
28 February Bishnu Karki Discussion of questions from previous week.
7 March Doug Soltesz Discovery of 72Rb : A Nuclear Sandbank Beyond the Proton Drip Line, H. Suzuki et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 192503
Faculty Advisor: Prakash
14 March No meeting Spring Break.
21 March Ibrahim Alnamlah Discussion of questions from previous week
28 March Taya Chetry Discovery of a big void in Khufu’s Pyramid by observation of cosmic-ray muons, K. Morishima, M. Kuno and M. Tayoubi, Nature 552, pp. 386–390 (2017)
Faculty Advisor: Frantz
4 April Joey Rawley Discussion of questions from previous week.
11 April Robert Radloff New Measurement of the Direct Decay from the 12C Hoyle State,R. Smith, et. al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 132502 (2017). PRL Viewpoint Watching the Hoyle State Fall Apart,
Faculty Advisor: Elster
18 April No meeting APS April Meeting (Columbus)
25 April Cole Raisbeck Discussion of questions from previous week.

Background Information

  • Remember that your presentation should be less than 12 slides long. The purpose of this rule is not to overly constrain you -- it's to give you a better idea of what we expect. We do not expect your talk to be the last word on the subject or a polished seminar. Your presentation is meant to raise some of the key issues, and, ideally, to initiate discussion. If you do not understand something in the paper, say so, or write down your question. We will collect the written questions, and discuss the issues raised as a group. Feel free to contact the course organizers if you have any organizational questions.
  • A challenge to speakers generally is to relate your topic to the 2015 NSAC Long Range Plan.

Administrative Details

A couple of administrative notes for Ohio University Physics and Astronomy graduate students:

  • If you are an upper-level graduate student in Nuclear physics you should sign up for this activity. You do this by registering for 8501. Since 8501 is a variable credit class you should register for two credit hours of it (=1 for Wednesday lunch-time and 1 for Tuesday at 4 pm). If you give a talk or moderate this semester you will receive a grade of A for those two credits of 8501.
  • If you are a first-year graduate student and you want to come to these meetings you should register for 8501 (Nuclear Seminar). If you do this you are not required to attend the regular Tuesday afternoon research seminar---although you are, of course, very welcome if you choose to come on Tuesdays at 4 pm. In consequence first years should sign up for only one credit hour of 8501. Regular attendance on Wednesdays at lunchtime will lead to you receiving a CR for that 1 credit hour.
If you have any questions about any of this please feel free to contact a faculty coordinator.

List of additional potential topics

Previous Nuclear Lunches

Fall 2016 Spring 2017  
Fall 2015 Spring 2016  
Fall 2014 Spring 2015  
Fall 2013 Spring 2014  
Fall 2012 Spring 2013  
Fall 2011 Winter 2012 Spring 2012
Fall 2010 Winter 2011 Spring 2011
Fall 2009 Winter 2010 Spring 2010
Fall 2008 Winter 2009 Spring 2009
Fall 2007 Winter 2008 Spring 2008
Fall 2006 Winter 2007 Spring 2007
Fall 2005 Winter 2006 Spring 2006
Fall 2004 Winter 2005 Spring 2005
Fall 2003 Winter 2004 Spring 2004
Fall 2002 Winter 2003 Spring 2003