Nuclear Lunch: Spring 2017


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.

A challenge to speakers this semester is to relate your topic to the 2015 NSAC Long Range Plan.

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


Tentative Schedule

Discussion of questions from previous week.
Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
11 January Zach Meisel Organizational Meeting
18 January Tyler Danley High-precision γ-ray spectroscopy of the cardiac PET imaging isotope 82Rb and its impact on dosimetry, M.N. Nino et al., Phys. Rev. C 93, 024301 (2016).
Faculty Advisor: Meisel
25 January Andrea Richard Discussion of questions from previous week.
1 February Matt Burrows Using intertial fusion implosions to measure the T+3He fusion cross section at nucleosynthesis-relevant energies, A.B. Zylstra et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 035002 (2016).
Faculty Advisor: Brune
8 February No meeting JINA Frontiers.
15 February Mongi Dlami Discussion of questions from previous meeting.
22 February Nadyah Alanazi Candidate resonant tetraneutron state populated by the 4He(8He,8Be) reaction, K. Kisamori et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 052501 (2016).
Faculty Advisor: Phillips
1 March Doug Soltesz Discussion of questions from previous week.
8 March No meeting Spring break.
15 March A. Al Mamun How bright is the proton? A precise determination of the photon parton distribution function, A. Manohar et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 242002 (2016).
Faculty Advisor: Prakash
22 March Kristyn Brandenburg Discussion of questions from previous week.
29 March Gula Hamad Signatures of α-clustering in light nuclei from relativistic nuclear collisions, W. Broniowski and E.R. Arriola, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 112501 (2014).
Faculty Advisor: Frantz
5 April Sudhanva Lalit Discussion of questions from previous week.
12 April Shiv Subedi Observations of π-K+ and π+K- atoms, B. Adeva et al. (DIRAC Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 112001 (2016).
Faculty Advisor: Hicks
19 April Taya Chetry Discussion of questions from previous week.
26 April No Lunch. Final Exam Week.

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 2016  
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 January 3, 2016, by Zach Meisel.