Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Events

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    4:00 pmLewis 101

    Jake Bennett
    Department of Physics
    Carnegie Mellon University

    Amplitude Analysis: A Powerful Tool for Hadron Spectroscopy

    Extracting useful information from experimental data is often far from straightforward. This is particularly true for studies in hadron spectroscopy that seek to determine the properties of constituent quark states. The presence of multiple, often broad, states leads to potentially intricate interference patterns that make the extraction of meaningful information challenging. Amplitude analysis is a powerful tool to disentangle the effects of interference and extract useful properties of hadronic states. This information is vital for a deeper understanding of the fundamental laws of nature. In this talk, I will review the experimental challenges that are associated with amplitude analysis, as well as its potential as a tool for hadron spectroscopy at Belle II.

  • Tue
    30
    Jan
    2018
    4:00 pmLewis 101

    Brian Anderson
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    Brigham Young University

    Listening For Cracks Using Resonance And Time Reversal Techniques To Prevent Radiation Leakage From Nuclear Storage Containers

    Spent nuclear fuel is often stored in stainless steel canisters in the United States. Stainless steel is susceptible to Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC). This presentation will discuss progress on the use of the Time Reversed Elastic Nonlinearity Diagnostic (TREND) and Nonlinear Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (NRUS) to determine whether SCC is present and attempt to quantify the depth of the cracking. NRUS is the measurement of the amplitude dependence of a sample's resonance frequency, which occurs because of a softening of the elastic modulus in damaged media. NRUS provides a global indication of damage in a sample. TREND employs time reversal acoustics, which focuses wave energy at various points of interest to excite localized high amplitude. The amplitude dependence of this localized energy allows pointwise inspection of a sample.

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018
    4:00 pmNCPA Auditorium

    Aaron Zimmerman
    Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
    University of Toronto

    Black Holes, Alone and in Pairs

    The recent detections of gravitational waves have revealed an invisible side of the universe: black holes in binaries. These observations test our understanding of black holes, their violent mergers, and the theory of general relativity. A combination of analytic approximations and full numerical simulations is required to understand black hole binaries and predict the gravitational waves they emit. I will take us on a tour of these systems, discuss the “ringdown” of the final merged black hole, and present the most recent results from the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Jessica McIver
    Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
    California Institute of Technology

    Gravitational Wave Astrophysics: A New Era of Discovery

    Large-scale interferometric detectors including LIGO and Virgo sense gravitational waves; minuscule fluctuations in space-time from the most extreme phenomena in the Universe. The recent detection of gravitational waves by LIGO and Virgo in concert with an associated electromagnetic counterpart was a breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy that confirmed the association between neutron star collisions and short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and yielded new insight into the physical engine driving GRBs. Future gravitational wave observations have the potential to provide critical insight into key open questions in astrophysics, including the distribution of compact objects in the Universe, the evolution of compact binary systems, galaxy formation, and the explosion mechanism of core-collapse supernovae.

    I will present the major outstanding challenges in gravitational wave astrophysics, including searching for transient signals in noisy data that contains a high rate of transient noise artifacts. I will discuss future prospects for how this quickly growing field will shape our understanding of the Universe.

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Dan Cherdack
    Department of Physics
    Colorado State University

    Searching for CP-Violation with the DUNE Experiment

    Of the four known fundamental forces the weak force has many unique properties. It is the only standard model force that couples to all known fermions, that has massive exchange bosons, and that induces particle flavor changes. Even more surprising is that the weak force maximally violates parity symmetry, and has even been demonstrated to break charge-parity (CP) symmetry, meaning the weak force interacts differently with matter and anti-matter. This last property may hold the key to understanding several fundamental mysteries of the universe from the three-generation structure of matter, to the missing link between the big bang and the observed universe.

    Neutrinos only interact via the weak force which means they are hard to detect, but provide a unique test bed for studying the weak interaction. Over the past few decades it was discovered that neutrinos have mass and change flavors. Studying the way neutrinos change flavors, termed neutrino oscillations, allows us to search for a new source of CP-violation. The next-generation Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) will usher in an era of high precision neutrino physics with the worlds most intense neutrino beam and high resolution Liquid Argon (LAr) Time Projection Chamber (TPCs) detectors. The Fermilab Short-Baseline Neutrino (SBN) Program will employ three LAr TPCs, which will provide and excellent test bed for LAr TPC R&D, and allow for many important measurements crucial to DUNE. I will discuss the theoretical framework we use to describe neutrino oscillations, and the exciting opportunities and new challenges afforded us by these experiments.

     

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018
    Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018
    Lewis Hall 101 (Friday) and the Law Center (Saturday)

    This is a Meeting of the Zone X region of the Society of Physics Students.