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 Bose-Einstein 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 "Kosterlitz-Thouless" transition when they melt. I'll also discuss the surprising connection between these systems and non-equilibrium Bose-Einstein condensation, which leads to the rather surprising conclusion that two dimensional non-equilibrium 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 proton-proton 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 Long-ranged 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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