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Nuclear Lunch: Fall 2023

The Ohio University lunchtime nuclear seminar meets weekly, 11:50-12:45 Wednesdays in Gordy Hall, room 209. We will discuss interesting papers in nuclear physics and related fields. All graduate students and postdocs interested in nuclear physics are welcome to attend. The talks will start at 11:50 sharp.

The lead coordinator for Nuclear lunch this semester is faculty member Daniel Phillips. Other coordinators are Carl Brune, Chaden Djalali, Christian Drischler, Charlotte Elster, Justin Frantz, and Paul King.


Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
30 August Daniel Phillips Organizational Meeting
6 September
Joseph Derkin Observation of high-energy neutrinos from the galactic plane
R. Abbasi et al., IceCube collaboration, Science 380, 1388
Faculty Advisor: Christian Drischler
13 September Joseph Foy Discussion of questions from previous week.
20 September
Ryan Conaway The impact of (n,γ) reaction rate uncertainties of unstable isotopes on the i-process nucleosynthesis of the elements from Ba to W
P. A. Dennissenkov, F. Herwig, G. Perdikakis, and H. Schatz, MNRAS 503, 3913
Faculty Advisor: Charlotte Elster
27 September Austin Rambo Discussion of questions from previous week.
4 October
Sijan Regmi Ab initio predictions link the neutron skin of 208Pb to nuclear forces
B. Hu et al., Nature Physics 18, 1196
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Phillips
11 October Alexandra Semposki Discussion of questions from previous week.
18 October
Nisha Singh Demonstration of momentum cooling to enhance the potential of cancer treatment with proton therapy
V. Maradia, D. Meer, R. Dölling, D. C. Weber, A. J. Lomax and S. Psoroulas, Nature Physics (2023)
Faculty Advisor: Paul King
25 October Mike Jeswald Discussion of questions from previous week.
1 November
Bradley McClung Constraining neutron-star matter with microscopic and macroscopic collisions
S. Huth et al., Nature 606, 276
Faculty Advisor: Justin Frantz
8 November Bikash Chauhan Discussion of questions from previous week.
15 November
Abhinav Giri The NANOGrav 15 yr Data Set: Evidence for a Gravitational-wave Background
G. Agazie et al., NanoGRAV collaboration, ApJL 951, L8
Faculty Advisor: Carl Brune
22 November No meeting Thanksgiving Break
29 November
Chirag Rathi Discussion of questions from previous week.
6 December Andrius Burnelis Nobel Prize in Physics 2023
Faculty Advisor: Chaden Djalali

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.

Previous Nuclear Lunches

Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Fall 2021 Spring 2022
Fall 2020 Spring 2021
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
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