Nuclear Lunch: Fall 2016


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 ~11:30 for eating and socializing.

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.

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


Tentative Schedule

Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
24 August Carl Brune Organizational Meeting
31 August Mongi Dlamini Searches for Sterile Neutrinos with the IceCube Detector, M. G. Aartsen et al. (IceCube Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 0171801 (2016). See also Viewpoint: Hunting the Sterile Neutrino.
Faculty Advisor: Prakash
7 September Taya Chetry Discussion of questions from the previous week.
14 September Bishnu Karki Experimental Neutron Capture Rate Constraint Far from Stability, S.N. Liddick et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 242502 (2016). See also Synopsis: Neutron Capture Constraints.
Faculty Advisor: Zach Meisel
21 September Andrea Richard Discussion of questions from the previous week.
28 September Kristyn Brandenburg Light Particle Solution to the Cosmic Lithium Problem, Andreas Goudelis, Maxim Pospelov, and Josef Pradler, Phys. Rev. Lett 116, 211303 (2016). See also Synopsis: Lightweight Particles Might Explain Missing Lithium.
Faculty Advisor: Carl Brune
5 October Nadyah Alanazi Discussion of questions from the previous week.
12 October Abinash Pun Observation of Anomalous Internal Pair Creation in 8Be: A Possible Indication of a Light, Neutral Boson, A. J. Krasznahorkay et al., Phys. Rev. Lett 116, 042501 (2016).
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Phillips
19 October Sudhanva Lalit Discussion of questions from the previous week.
26 October Som Paneru Evidence of Strong Proton Shape Fluctuations from Incoherent Diffraction, Heikki Mäntysaari and Björn Schenke, Phys. Rev. Lett 117, 052301 (2016). See also Viewpoint: Of Gluons and Fireflies.
Faculty Advisor: Justin Frantz
2 November Tyler Danley Discussion of questions from the previous week.
9 November Doug Soltesz Laser spectroscopy of muonic deuterium, Randolf Pohl et al., Science Vol. 353, Issue 6300, pp. 669-673 (2016).
Faculty Advisor: Julie Roche
16 November Nick Compton Discussion of questions from the previous week.
23 November No talk Thanksgiving Break
30 November Rekam Giri 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics
Video explanation.
Faculty Advisor: Charlotte Elster

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 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

Last updated Augst 1, 2016, by Carl Brune.