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)

EHS Orientation for Wright Lab Research Shop Users - Summer 2021

Wright Lab will host 1-hour Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Shop Orientations all on Zoom. 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:
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NPA Zoom Seminar (Note special date), Pranava Teja Surukuchi, Yale University, "Latest Results from the CUORE Experiment"

The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is the first bolometric experiment searching for 0νββ decay that has been able to reach the one-tonne mass scale. The detector, located at the LNGS in Italy, consists of an array of 988 TeO2 crystals arranged in a compact cylindrical structure of 19 towers. CUORE began its first physics data run in 2017 at a base temperature of about 10 mK and in April 2021 released its 3rd result of the search for 0νββ, corresponding to a tonne-year of TeO2 exposure.

SPECIAL DATE NPA Zoom Seminar, David Kawall, U Mass, "An anomaly in an anomaly? First results from the Fermilab Muon g-2 Experiment"

The Fermilab muon g-2 experiment just released its first measurement of the positive muon magnetic moment anomaly, a_mu = (g_mu-2)/2 to an accuracy of 0.46 ppm. The anomaly a_mu is of interest since it can be predicted with impressive precision and its value is sensitive, via quantum corrections, to the interactions of the muon with the other particles of the Standard Model. Comparison of measurement results and theoretical predictions tests the completeness of the Standard Model, and a significant discrepancy would indicate the need for new physics.

NPA Zoom Seminar, Liliana Apolinario, LIP, Lisbon, "Novel Jet Reclustering Tools for Heavy-Ion Collisions"

The physics program of ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) has brought a unique insight into the hot and dense QCD matter created in such collisions, the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP). Jet quenching, a collection of medium-induced modifications of the jets’ internal structure that occur through their development in dense QCD matter, has a unique potential to assess the time structure of the produced medium.

NPA Zoom Seminar, Sergei Gleyzer, University of Alabama and CERN, "Deep Learning for High-Energy Physics and Strong Gravitational Lensing Cosmology"

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is delivering the highest energy proton-proton collisions ever recorded in the laboratory, permitting a detailed exploration of elementary particle physics at the highest energy frontier. It is uniquely positioned to detect and measure the rare phenomena that can shape our knowledge of new interactions and possibly resolve the present tensions of the Standard Model.

NPA Zoom Seminar, Brian Lenardo, Stanford University, "Searching for New Physics with Liquid Xenon Time Projection Chambers"

The Standard Model of particle physics provides a remarkably predictive and well-tested theory for describing the interactions of the known elementary particles. However, the observed matter/antimatter asymmetry, the existence of small neutrino masses, and cosmological constraints on dark matter and dark energy point strongly to the existence of fundamental physics beyond the Standard Model. In the past few decades, ultra-low-background liquid xenon time projection chambers (TPCs) have emerged as a powerful experimental technique in the search for low energy signatures of new physics.

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