Fall 2013 Seminar Series
Organizer:
Dave Soper
Seminars are at 4pm, Tuesdays, in 472 Willamette Hall and are preceded by cookies at 3:45.
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October 1, 2013
Rice, Locusts, and Excitonic BoseEinstein Condensation: A Hydrodynamic Theory of Polar Active Smectics

John Toner
University of Oregon, Physics
I'll present a hydrodynamic theory of "polar active smectics", which are "active" (e.g., living) systems that spontaneously layer. These prove to be far more ordered than their equilibrium counterparts, and exhibit a dynamical "KosterlitzThouless" transition when they melt. I'll also discuss the surprising connection between these systems and nonequilibrium BoseEinstein condensation, which leads to the rather surprising conclusion that two dimensional nonequilibrium superfluidity is impossible in isotropic systems, but possible in anisotropic ones.

October 8, 2013
Structure of Parton Shower Event Generators for High Energy Physics

Dave Soper
University of Oregon, Physics
Parton shower event generators are computer programs that are used (among other uses)to simulate what happens in a protonproton collision at the Large Hadron Collider.
They are very important for planning purposes and for the analysis of data. I will explain a little about the physics that goes into these programs and something about the mathematical description of what they do and the computer algorithms that make them run.

October 15, 2013
Deductor: A Parton Shower Event Generator for High Energy Physics

Zoltan Nagy
DESY Laboratory, Hamburg
Dave Soper

October 22, 2013
The Higgs Boson: Prediction, Discovery, and Future Prospects

Spencer Chang



November 5, 2013
Soft Modes and Longranged Correlations in Fermi Liquids

Dietrich Belitz
University of Oregon, Physics

November 12, 2013
Classical and Quantum Adiabaticity: Manifestations and Breakdown In Dielectric Optical Resonators

Jens Nӧckel
University of Oregon, Physics

November 19, 2013
Quantum Thermodynamics, Free Energy, Entropy of the Universe, and the Second Law

Michael Kellman
University of Oregon, Chemistry

December 3
Manifolds With Finite Total Curvature Arising As The Solutions to Ordinary Differential Equations

Peter Gilkey
University of Oregon, Mathematics
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