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

Robin Bjorkquist, Cornell University

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FRIDAY, June 13, 2014

Quantum Mechanics meet Fluid Dynamics: Visualizing Superfluid Helium

Matt Paoletti

Matt Paoletti '05, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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June 18, 2014

Probabilistic foundations for quantum mechanics

Alex Wilce

Alex Wilce, Department of Mathematics, Susquehanna University

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June 25, 2014

Why Aren't There More Stars?  The Battle Against Gravity in our Galaxy's Nurseries

Ned Ladd

Ned Ladd, Bucknell University

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July 2, 2014

Phase Field Modelling and Numerical Instability

Ben Vollmayr-Lee

Ben Vollmayr-Lee, Bucknell University

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July 9, 2014

Particle vs. Wave:  The Ongoing Saga of Light

David Schoepf

David Schoepf, Bucknell University

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July 16, 2014

The Sensitivity of Non-Uniform Sampling NMR

David Rovnyak

David Rovnyak, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University

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July 23, 2014

Doppelganger Defects

Melinda Andrews

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.

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