Physics Hour, 4:30 Sept 26

A week from today, the Otterbein Physics Hour proudly presents….

summer-reasearch-flyerwherein Tyler will explain how to “apply group theory to better understand the dynamics of quantum systems, then usie this improved understanding to better models of opto-mechanical systems”, based on his summer work in Utah.

Come learn what that means! All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Come and hang out and listen to the dumb questions professors ask when they don’t understand something.

P.S. Department chairs, please forward to your respective departments!

Neutrinos and Egg Sandwiches

Because people have been asking about it after Brad Goff’s talk on Monday, here’s a little monograph I wrote as graduate student on the estimation.  Please forgive some typos and grammatical mistakes – I was still wet behind the ears….

It’s also worth noting I only calculated the neutrino-electron cross-section, and only for CC interactions with solar neutrinos.  There is also a substantial electron-nucleus cross section, but it’s probably not a huge correction… I stand by this estimate. Douglas Adams was prescient.

PDF: eggsandwich

Physics Hour, Sept 12

MONDAY, Sept 12, 4:30 PM, SCIENCE 205

Bradley Goff (Summer Student Research Series)

Neutrinos and the MicroBoone detector

There are trillions of neutrinos coming from sun and passing through the entire Earth every second, but even with so many of them we still don’t know everything about them.  Although they rarely interact with matter, we have ways of detecting them with the MicroBoone detector, and we are continuously improving how we detect them.  Even now, while the MicroBoone detector is taking data, there are people adding addition hardware and software to it.

Physics Hour, Sept 2

A series of talks on our research, other people’s research, or stuff we just think is fun. Refreshments provided.

This week:

Friday, Sept 2, 4:30 PM, SCIENCE 205

Michael Highman – Implementation and Characterization of a Magneto-Optical Trap

This talk will cover the theory and methods of implementing a MOT. The talk will then describe the process of absorption imaging, which is used to extract useful properties about the MOT.