Nuclear Lunch -- Spring 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 Paul King and Charlotte Elster. Other coordinators are Daniel Phillips, Carl Brune, Julie Roche, Prakash, and Justin Frantz.


Background Readings for First Few Weeks

We have a set of four papers recommended as background reading by the faculty candidates who will be interviewing during the first few weeks. We will only be directly discussing two of them in nuclear lunch, but we do recommend that you read all four before the respective colloquium.

Colloquium Date Colloquium Speaker Recommended Paper
14 January A. Kuchera "Beyond the Neutron Drip-Line", T. Aumann and H. Simon, Nuclear Physics News, Vol. 24 No. 2, 5-9 (2014).
19 January M. Avila "alpha-cluster asymptotic normalization coefficients for nuclear astrophysics", M.L. Avila, et al., Phys. Rev. C 90, 042801(R) (2014).
21 January A. Kontos "Astrophysical S factor of 3He(alpha, gamma)7Be", A. Kontos, et al., Phys. Rev. C 87, 065804 (2013).
26 January Z. Meisel "Rare isotopes in the cosmos", H. Schatz, Physics Today 61, 40 (2008).

Tentative Schedule

Due to coordination with the colloquium schedule, we will have a paper presentation in each of the first two weeks, followed by a single question/answer session. We will then have our "usual" organizational meeting on the fourth week, to decide on the remaining papers and presenters.

Date Discussion Leader Topic / Paper(s)
13 January T. Danley "alpha-cluster asymptotic normalization coefficients for nuclear astrophysics", M.L. Avila, et al., Phys. Rev. C 90, 042801(R) (2014).
Faculty Advisor: C. Brune
20 January A. Richard "Rare isotopes in the cosmos", H. Schatz, Physics Today 61, 40 (2008).
Faculty Advisor: C. Brune
27 January L. Hlophe Discussion of questions from the previous two weeks.
3 February P. King Organizational Meeting
10 February T. Chetry "Precision Measurement of the Mass and Lifetime of the Ξ0b Baryon",
R. Aaij et al. (LHCb Collaboration)
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 032001 (2014).

Background reading (first observation of the Ξ0b baryon):
"Observation of the Ξ0b Baryon",
T. Aaltonen et al. (CDF Collaboration)
Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 102001 (2011).

Faculty Advisor: P. King
17 February A. Pun Discussion of questions from the previous week.
24 February M. Burrows "Dark Matter Ignition of Type Ia Supernovae",
Joseph Bramante
Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 141301 (2015).

Faculty Advisor: M. Prakash
2 March No talk Spring break
9 March B. Muccioli Discussion of questions from the previous week.
16 March S. Lalit "Thermodynamics of an Attractive 2D Fermi Gas",
K.Fenech, P.Dyke, T.Peppler, M.G.Lingham, S.Hoinka, H.Hu, and C.J.Vale
Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 045302 (2016)
Physics Viewpoint: Journey from Classical to Quantum in Two Dimensions

Faculty Advisor: D. Phillips
23 March S. Paneru Discussion of questions from the previous week.
30 March N. Compton "An improved limit on the charge of antihydrogen from stochastic acceleration",
M.Ahmadi et al.
Nature 529, 373-376, (2016)

Faculty Advisor: C. Brune
6 April A. Thapaliya Discussion of questions from the previous week.
13 April A. Al Mamun "Abashian-Booth-Crowe Effect in Basic Double-Pionic Fusion: A New Resonance?",
P.Adlarson et al. (WASA-at-COSY Collaboration)
Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 242302 (2011)

Faculty Advisor: C. Elster
20 April R. Giri Discussion of questions from the previous week.
27 April No talk Final Exam Week

Administrative Details

A couple of administrative notes for Ohio University Physics and Astronomy graduate students:

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  
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 4, by P.M.King.