Summer 2014 Seminar
Talks are 1:00 pm on Wednesdays in Olin 451, unless otherwise noted.
June 4, 2014. TIME: 11:00 am. LOCATION: Olin 264
Muon g-2: precision particle physics at Fermilab
Robin Bjorkquist, Cornell UniversityShow/hide abstract.
FRIDAY, June 13, 2014
Quantum Mechanics meet Fluid Dynamics: Visualizing Superfluid Helium
Matt Paoletti '05, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics LaboratoryShow/hide abstract.
June 18, 2014
Probabilistic foundations for quantum mechanics
Alex Wilce, Department of Mathematics, Susquehanna UniversityShow/hide abstract.
June 25, 2014
Why Aren't There More Stars? The Battle Against Gravity in our Galaxy's Nurseries
Ned Ladd, Bucknell UniversityShow/hide abstract.
July 2, 2014
Phase Field Modelling and Numerical Instability
Ben Vollmayr-Lee, Bucknell UniversityShow/hide abstract.
July 9, 2014
Particle vs. Wave: The Ongoing Saga of Light
David Schoepf, Bucknell UniversityShow/hide abstract.
July 16, 2014
The Sensitivity of Non-Uniform Sampling NMR
David Rovnyak, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell UniversityShow/hide abstract.
July 23, 2014
Melinda Andrews '06, University of Pennsylvania
Abstract: Generally, different fundamental physics theories lead to different predictions about the existence and nature of topological defects such as domain walls and cosmic strings. Thus, observing the properties of such objects would open a window on higher-energy physics than we can access with experiments. However, we find that some interesting non-standard theories can have defect solutions that are identical to those of a standard theory. In this talk, I will introduce topological defects and their importance in cosmology, explain the motivation for studying non-standard fundamental theories, and explore the implications for defect solutions.