Nuclear Lunch: Spring 2021

The Ohio University lunchtime nuclear seminar meets weekly, 11:50-12:45 Wednesdays in the Roger Finlay Conference Room online, (same online mtg links/ID's as Seminar), 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.

Important note for this semester: For some weeks, the time for Nuclear Lunch will swapped with the seminar. For these weeks, Nuclear Lunch will thus be held at 4:00 pm on Tuesday. Read the schedule carefully!

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


Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
20 January Carl Brune Organizational Meeting
26 January
4:00 pm
Joey Rowley Urca nuclide production in Type-I X-ray bursts and implications for nuclear physics studies, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 500, Issue 3, pp. 2958-2968, 2021.
Faculty Advisor: Zach Meisel
3 February Gula Hamad Discussion of questions from previous week.
10 February Mahesh Poudel Can Extreme Electromagnetic Fields Accelerate the α Decay of Nuclei?, Adriana Pálffy and Sergey V. Popruzhenko, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 212505 (2020).
Faculty Advisor: Carl Brune
17 February Jacob Murphy Discussion of questions from previous week.
23 February
4:00 pm
Alexandra Semposki The impact of nuclear shape on the emergence of the neutron dripline, Nature volume 587, 66-71 (2020).
Faculty Advisor: Charlotte Elester
3 March   Wellness Break
9 March
4:00 pm
Ibrahim Alnamlah Discussion of questions from previous week.
17 March Shyam Chauhan Improved calculations of β decay backgrounds to new physics in liquid xenon detectors, S. J. Haselschwardt, J. Kostensalo, X. Mougeot, and J. Suhonen Phys. Rev. C 102, 065501 (2020).
Faculty Advisor: Justin Frantz
24 March Justin Bryan Discussion of questions from previous week.
31 March Yenuel Jones-Alberty Experimental study of the Γp1p0 ratios of resonance states in 8Be for deducing the 7Be(n,p1)7Li reaction rate relevant to the cosmological lithium problem, N. Iwasa et al., Phys. Rev. C 103, 015801 (2021).
Faculty Advisor: Carl Brune
7 April Kristyn Brandenburg Discussion of questions from previous week.
14 April Justin Warren High-energy topic Measurement of the proton spin structure at long distances Z. Zheng et al., submitted to Nature Physics
Faculty Advisor: Julie Roche
21 April Joseph Derkin 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 2020  
Fall 2019 Spring 2020
Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Fall 2017 Spring 2018
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