Nuclear Lunch -- Fall 2011

This is an archive of the Fall 2011 topics; the schedule for the current quarter is located here.


Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
September 6 P. King Organizational Meeting
September 14 B. Acharya Hoyle state of Carbon-12
"Ab Initio Calculation of the Hoyle State", E. Epelbaum, H. Krebs, D. Lee, and Ulf-G. Meißner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 192501 (2011).
Viewpoint: "The carbon challenge", M. Hjorth-Jensen, Physics 4, 38 (2011).
Faculty adviser: D. Phillips
September 21 N. Riveli Discussion of questions from previous week.
September 28 D. Divaratne Dark matter (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle search)
"Search for an Annual Modulation in a P-type Point Contact Germanium Dark Matter Detector", C.E. Aalseth et al. (CoGeNT Collaboration), arXiv:1106.0650.
Faculty adviser: C. Brune
October 5 C. Ji Discussion of questions from previous week.
October 12 H. Attanayake Neutrino oscillation
"Indication of Electron Neutrino Appearance from an Accelerator-Produced Off-Axis Muon Neutrino Beam", K. Abe et al. (T2K Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 041801 (2011).
Viewpoint: "A new neutrino oscillation", S.J. Parke, Physics 4, 57 (2011).
Faculty adviser: J. Roche
October 19 C. Parker Discussion of questions from previous week.
October 26 A. Orazbayev Effect of nuclear shape on scattering
"The interaction of aligned 7Li with 58Ni", Z. Moroz et al., Nucl. Phys. A 381, 294-316 (1982).
The speaker will be focusing on the "shape model" and experimental results, basically covering the first three sections of the paper.
Faculty adviser: C. Elster
November 2 A. P. Ramirez Discussion of questions from previous week.
November 9 B. Muccioli The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 was divided, one half awarded to Saul Perlmutter, the other half jointly to Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae".
Information for the Public and Scientific Background are available from the Nobel Prize website.
Faculty adviser: P.King J. Frantz
November 16 Organizational meeting for the Winter Nuclear Lunch
Yes, this is during finals week. If you have a time conflict, please email your ideas for the Winter Nuclear Lunch to J. Roche.
Faculty adviser: J. Roche

Background Information

Faculty coordinators for Fall 2011 were Paul King, Carl Brune, Charlotte Elster, Justin Frantz, Daniel Phillips, Prakash, Julie Roche, and Andreas Schiller.
Last updated 28 November 2011 by Carl Brune.