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August

| Event Location: 309 (TBC) | Speaker: Prof. Zhengcheng Gu (HKUST)

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Topological qauntum field theory(TQFT) is a very powerful theoretical tool
to study topological phases and phase transitions. In 2 + 1D, it is well
known that the Chern-Simons theory captures all the universal topological
data of topological phases, e.g., quasi-particle braiding statistics,
chiral central charge and even provides us a deep insight for the nature of
topological phase transitions. Recently, topological phases of quantum
matter are also intensively studied in 3 + 1D and it has been shown that
loop like excitation obeys the so-called three-loop-braiding statistics. In

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Add to Calendar 2019-08-26T11:00:00 2019-08-26T12:00:00 Topological qauntum field theory in 3+1D and the emergence of quantum gravity. Topological qauntum field theory(TQFT) is a very powerful theoretical tool to study topological phases and phase transitions. In 2 + 1D, it is well known that the Chern-Simons theory captures all the universal topological data of topological phases, e.g., quasi-particle braiding statistics, chiral central charge and even provides us a deep insight for the nature of topological phase transitions. Recently, topological phases of quantum matter are also intensively studied in 3 + 1D and it has been shown that loop like excitation obeys the so-called three-loop-braiding statistics. In Event Location: 309 (TBC)

August

| Event Location: Room 203, Graduate Student Centre (6371 Crescent Road) | Speaker: ALEXANDER HELD

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Add to Calendar 2019-08-27T12:30:00 2019-08-27T14:30:00 Final PhD Oral Examination (Thesis Title: “Search for the Production of Higgs Bosons in Association with Top Quarks and Decaying into Bottom Quark Pairs with the ATLAS Detector”) Abstract: Event Location: Room 203, Graduate Student Centre (6371 Crescent Road)

August

| Event Location: AMPEL 488 | Speaker: BEREND ZWARTSENBERG

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Add to Calendar 2019-08-29T09:30:00 2019-08-29T11:30:00 Departmental Oral Examination (Thesis Title: "Spin-Orbit Coupling in Iridates") Abstract: Event Location: AMPEL 488

August

| Event Location: Room 309, Hennings Bldg. | Speaker: SEBASTIEN RETTIE

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Although elementary particles and their interactions are extremely well modeled by the Standard Model of particle physics, some experimental measurements cannot be explained entirely by this theory. Many extensions of the Standard Model predict the existence of new phenomena at high energies. In particular, new resonance models and contact interaction models leading to dimuon final states are numerous.

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Add to Calendar 2019-08-29T12:30:00 2019-08-29T14:30:00 Final PhD Oral Examination (Thesis Title: “Search for New High-Mass Phenomena in Events with Two Muons using the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider”) Abstract: Although elementary particles and their interactions are extremely well modeled by the Standard Model of particle physics, some experimental measurements cannot be explained entirely by this theory. Many extensions of the Standard Model predict the existence of new phenomena at high energies. In particular, new resonance models and contact interaction models leading to dimuon final states are numerous. Event Location: Room 309, Hennings Bldg.

September

| Event Location: Hennings 201 | Speaker: Jason Barnes (U Idaho)

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NASA recently selected the Dragonfly quadcopter, on which I serve as Deputy Principal Investigator, as the fourth mission in its New Frontiers program of planetary missions.  Dragonfly will land on the surface of Saturn's hazy moon Titan to explore prebiotic chemistry, to evaluate its habitability, and look for chemical biosignatures.  Titan is one of just 4 planetary bodies that has both a thick atmosphere and a solid surface - Venus, Earth, and Mars are the others.

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Add to Calendar 2019-09-05T16:00:00 2019-09-05T17:00:00 Dragonfly: NASA's Rotorcraft Lander mission to Saturn's Moon Titan NASA recently selected the Dragonfly quadcopter, on which I serve as Deputy Principal Investigator, as the fourth mission in its New Frontiers program of planetary missions.  Dragonfly will land on the surface of Saturn's hazy moon Titan to explore prebiotic chemistry, to evaluate its habitability, and look for chemical biosignatures.  Titan is one of just 4 planetary bodies that has both a thick atmosphere and a solid surface - Venus, Earth, and Mars are the others. Event Location: Hennings 201

September

| Event Location: Hennings 318 | Speaker: Norbert Werner (MTA-Eötvös University)

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Most galaxies comparable to or larger than the mass of the Milky Way host hot, X-ray emitting atmospheres, and many such galaxies are radio sources. Hot atmospheres and radio jets and lobes are the ingredients of radio-mechanical active galactic nucleus (AGN) feedback. While a consensus has emerged that such feedback suppresses cooling of hot cluster atmospheres, less attention has been paid to massive galaxies where similar mechanisms are at play.

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Add to Calendar 2019-09-09T15:00:00 2019-09-09T16:00:00 Hot Atmospheres and Black Hole Activity in Massive Galaxies Most galaxies comparable to or larger than the mass of the Milky Way host hot, X-ray emitting atmospheres, and many such galaxies are radio sources. Hot atmospheres and radio jets and lobes are the ingredients of radio-mechanical active galactic nucleus (AGN) feedback. While a consensus has emerged that such feedback suppresses cooling of hot cluster atmospheres, less attention has been paid to massive galaxies where similar mechanisms are at play. Event Location: Hennings 318

September

| Event Location: Hennings 201 | Speaker: David Zimmerman (UVic)

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Add to Calendar 2019-09-19T16:00:00 2019-09-19T17:00:00 Ensnared Between Hitler and Stalin: Refugee Physicists in the Soviet Union Event Location: Hennings 201

September

| Event Location: Hennings 201 | Speaker: Frank Close (University of Oxford)

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Add to Calendar 2019-09-26T16:00:00 2019-09-26T17:00:00 Trinity – Klaus Fuchs and the Security Services, from A bomb to Z pinch Event Location: Hennings 201

November

| Event Location: Hennings 201 | Speaker: Allison MacDonald (DWave)

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Add to Calendar 2019-11-21T16:00:00 2019-11-21T17:00:00 Quantum annealing with the D-Wave processor Event Location: Hennings 201