Nuclear Lunch -- Fall 2008

This is an archive of the Fall 2008 topics; the schedule for the current quarter is located here.


Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
10 Sep Andreas Schiller The Shell Model, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, Nobel Lecture, 12 December 1963.
17 Sep Dan Sayre Radioactive Beam Facilities: Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory at RIKEN (RIBF), Tohru Motobayashi and Yasushige Yano, Nuclear Physics News 17(4), 5-10 (2007).
24 Sep Rakitha Beminiwattha Radioactive Beam Facilities: Measurement of a Complete Set of Nuclides, Cross Sections, and Kinetic Energies in Spallation of 238U 1A GeV with Protons, P. Armbruster et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 212701 (2004).
1 Oct Ken Hicks A Trip Inside The "Big Bang Machine": 60 Minutes Visits One Of The Biggest Science Experiments Ever, The Large Hadron Collider (28 September 2008). Here is a printable version.
8 Oct Justin Frantz Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics (General Intro): The First Few Microseconds, Michael Riordan and William A. Zajc, Scientific American, May 2006.
15 Oct Anton Wiranata Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider: PHENIX Experiment Scaling properties of azimuthal anisotropy in Au+Au and Cu+Cu collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}=200$ GeV, Adare et al. (PHENIX Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 162301 (2007). Also available on arXiv archive server.
22 Oct Buddhini Waidyawansa RHIC Spin Longitudinal Double-Spin Asymmetry and Cross Section for Inclusive Jet Production in Polarized Proton Collisions at SQRT(s)=200 GeV, by the STAR Collaboration, Abelev et al., (STAR Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 252001 (2006). Also available on arXiv archive server. A little more bkg: the paper is short and dense, Justin recommends also having a quick look at 1) A brief web-based introductory document here, or 2) for more detail but also better explanations, an formal introduction/review: Prospects for SPIN Physics at RHIC, by Bunce et al., esp. the first ~8 pages.
29 Oct Chieh Jen Yang Nobel Prizes: Yoichiro Nambu, Makoto Kobayashi, and Toshihide Maskawa.
5 Nov Binay Prasai LHC I Early days: The challenges of the LHC, ATLAS: The making of a giant, and LHCb: A question of asymmetry.
12 Nov Chen Ji LHC II The high-energy frontier.

Background Information

Faculty coordinators for Fall 2008 were Andreas Schiller, Carl Brune, Charlotte Elster, Justin Frantz, Ken Hicks, Paul King, Prakash, and Julie Roche.
Last updated 2 January 2009 by Carl Brune.