Graduate And Professional

NPA Seminar, Lee McCuller, MIT, "Wielding the Quantum Correlations in advanced LIGO"

Optical interferometers have begun a new era of astrophysics by measuring vast lengths to such precision that gravitational waves from distant collisions of black holes and neutron stars are now regularly observed. This past run, the global gravitational wave network itself entered a new era, whereby every detector’s sensitivity is enhanced using quantum squeezed states of light. Manipulating profound measurement precision has profound consequences – measurement back action, in LIGO taking the form of quantum radiation pressure noise on 40kg mirrors.

NPA Seminar, Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign , "From Little Bangs in the Laboratory to Neutron Star Mergers"

Unlike phase diagrams in condensed matter that can be probed in the laboratory, the Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) phase diagram can only be mapped out through both experiments and astrophysical phenomena. At low baryon densities and high temperatures it is explored both through the big bang and the little bangs produced in heavy-ion collisions. At large baryon densities, either low-energy heavy-ion experiments or neutron star mergers can be used to map out its potential phases.

CANCELLED Introduction to Scientific Computing at Wright Lab

Introduction to Scientific Computing at Wright Lab, led by Thomas Langford, will cover:
In-house computing resources
YCRC HPC systems: how-to and why-to
Examples of common work-flows at Wright Lab
Support available at Wright Lab and YCRC
Register here:
In-person attendance will be capped at 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the current Yale policies.

NPA Seminar, Steven Prohira, Ohio State University, "Toward Detection of UHE Neutrinos with the Radar Echo Telescope"

Detection of ultra-high-energy (UHE) neutrinos is the key to understanding the most energetic processes in the universe, namely, the sources of UHE cosmic rays which have been detected at earth with energies exceeding 1 Joule per nucleon. As UHE cosmic messengers, neutrinos are unparalleled for their ability to travel from source to Earth. Unfortunately, however, they are very difficult to detect, owing to their low flux and small interaction cross section.

NPA Seminar, Christian Wittweg, University of Zurich, "Recent Results and Status of the XENON Dark Matter Project"

The XENON Dark Matter Project uses xenon dual-phase time projection chambers for direct Dark Matter detection. With steadily growing target masses the XENON detectors set world-leading limits on WIMP-nucleon interactions over a broad mass range – most recently with XENON1T. Its unprecedentedly low backgrounds coupled with the tonne-year exposure also enabled searches for rare nuclear processes, the coherent elastic scattering of solar neutrinos and alternative Dark Matter candidates.

Inference Project Talk and Discussion: The Inference of Nature: Cause and Effect in Molecular Biology

Theoretical approaches have always played an important role in biology, dating back to Mendel’s peas. In today’s era of genomics and big data in biology, statistical and computational tools are even more vital for biologists seeking to infer causation in living systems. To illustrate the range of methods, from modelling to machine learning, and how they contribute to understanding biological mechanisms, Dr. Teichmann will pick examples from some of the core problems her lab has been investigating as case studies.

WIDG Seminar, Hannah Bossi, Yale University, "Radius-dependent Measurements of Jet Suppression in Heavy-ion Collisions with ALICE"

At sufficiently high temperatures, QCD matter becomes a hot and dense deconfined medium known as the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). The QGP medium can be experimentally recreated through the collisions of relativistic heavy-ions at facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The QGP can be studied with hard probes, which study the result of interactions of hard scattered partons with the QGP. These hard scattered partons fragment and hadronize to form a spray of particles called a jet.

Wright Lab Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium 2021

Please join us for Wright Lab’s 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium to hear what our undergraduate researchers have been doing this summer.
This event is planned to be held in a hybrid mode (both in-person in WL-216 and on Zoom), according to University policies.
A full agenda is TBA, but our summer researchers include:
Jian Chen (Helen Caines)
Sarah Dickson (Dave Moore)
Marvin Durogene (Keith Baker)
Sophia Getz (Reina Maruyama)
Annie Giman (Reina Maruyama)
Robert Howard (Charlie Baltay)

Inference Project Talk: "No Cause for Concern: Indefinite Causal Ordering as a Tool for Understanding Entanglement"

Understanding the sorts of explanations and inferences that causal processes countenance is of course of great interest to philosophers and physicists (among others). But what can be said about physical processes that fail to exhibit classical causal structure? Indefinite causal ordering among events made possible by quantum correlations has become a fruitful arena of study recently, yielding new insights for quantum computing and communication, approaches to quantum gravity, and even for foundational issues in quantum mechanics.

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