Graduate And Professional

NPA Seminar: Renee Ludlam, Wayne State University, "Characterizing the Properties of Accreting Neutron Stars through X-ray Observations"

The matter inside of a neutron star (NS) exists in an ultra-dense, cold state that we are unable to reproduce in Earth-based laboratories. Hence the only way to understand how matter behaves in this environment, i.e. determining the Equation of State (EoS), is through observations of these objects. NSs in low-mass X-ray binaries, where matter is stripped from a stellar companion to form an accretion disk, provide a unique opportunity to learn more about accretion physics and properties of the compact object itself.

NPA Seminar: Kyle Leach, Colorado School of Mines, "A Tale of Two Symmetries: Examining the PMNS and CKM Matrices via Weak Nuclear Decay"

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Just as the classic English novel lends its title well to the spirit of understanding symmetries in the standard model (SM), the opening words also concisely sum up the status of beyond standard model (BSM) physics searches through tests of the fundamental symmetric matrices over the past few decades. Despite the identical mathematical formalism that generates these matrices in the SM, empirically the level of observed mixing within these two are dramatically different.

Elusives Journal Club: Michaela Guzzetti, University of Washington & Cole Man, PNNL, “Non-Virialized Axion Search Sensitive to Doppler Effects in the Milky Way Halo"

Michaela Guzzetti will lead a discussion on the paper “Non-Virialized Axion Search Sensitive to Doppler Effects in the Milky Way Halo” found at

Members in the departments of physics and astronomy who work on dark matter and neutrino-related fields are invited to get together to discuss papers related to their field. Topics include: neutrinos, dark matter, BSM physics, fundamental symmetries, precision physics and more.

Contact Xiran Bai and Eleanor Graham for more information.

Spring 2024 EHS Orientation for Wright Lab Shops

Wright Lab will host two, identical 1-hour Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Shop Orientations on Friday, January 26 at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. The EHS shop orientation is offered each semester and is required to be taken once by anyone who would like to gain access and make use of the research and teaching shops at Wright Lab.

For more information on the shop facilities at Wright Lab see:

NPA Seminar: Yeonju Go, BNL, "Jets and medium response in relativistic heavy ion collisions: Probing quark-gluon plasma"

Quark-gluon plasma (QGP), a unique phase of matter governed by Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), is believed to have existed shortly (a few microseconds) after the Big Bang. Jets, collimated particle sprays originating from the fragmentation of hard-scattered quarks or gluons, serve as valuable probes for studying QGP produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions. As jets experience modifications due to the surrounding medium, so-called jet quenching, concurrently, jets influence the medium.

YPPDO Workshop: Preparing for Faculty Positions with Laura Havener and Reina Maruyama

This workshop, presented by Yale Physics’ Professor Reina Maruyama and Assistant Professor Laura Havener, will focus on how to prepare for the academic job market, including:
- how to find and apply for postdoc and faculty positions
- how to prepare your application package, including CV, research statement, teaching statement, etc.
- having a successful postdoctoral experience, and becoming an assistant professor

Host: Fernando Flor

Introduction to HPC

This workshop is designed to introduce new users to the HPC resources available at Yale and to provide a comprehensive overview of the basic concepts needed to perform computing on the clusters:
accessing the clusters,
navigating a linux interface via bash commands, running interactive and batch jobs,
managing files,
troubleshooting workflows, and more.

From Cross Campus to West Campus to Science Hill: The Yale Ancient Pharmacology Program

Building upon two decades of edge-finding archaeological research, the Yale Ancient Pharmacology Program continues to refine a transdisciplinary approach that seamlessly blends ethnography, materiality, and technology. Nucleating at the Yale Peabody Museum has allowed YAPP to work across its divisions and vast collections to push our knowledge of ancient organic materials through the fusion of ethnohistory, phytochemistry, and data science.

Astronomy & Astrophysics Colloquium: Sydney Barnes - Gyrochronology: a route to the ages of cool field stars

The ages of astronomical objects, while not directly measurable, are of use in constructing chronologies, and the key to understanding origins. The ages of cool field dwarfs, although important in a Galactic context, are especially challenging to obtain. I will present a route to the ages of such objects that is called “Gyrochronology,” one based on the measured rotation periods of such stars.

NPA Seminar: Zoltan Varga, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, "Studying the multiplicity dependence of jet properties and the role of the underlying event in pp collisions"

The Koba-Nielsen-Olesen (KNO) scaling hypothesis is an influential contribution to the analysis of event multiplicities in high-energy particle collisions, according to which the event-multiplicity distributions can be all collapsed onto a universal scaling curve. Recent phenomenological studies suggest that a similar scaling may hold within single jets, if we consider the jet multiplicity as a function of the jet transverse momentum.

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