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Particle Physics

Research Highlight: Finding the Big W

Research Highlight: Finding the Big W

The image shows a candidate W boson production event at the Atlas detector at Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN international research facility. The LHC is a proton-proton collider operating at center-of-mass energy 7 trillion electron volts. In this event the W boson has decayed to an electron plus a neutrino in the final state. The OU High Energy Physics group is heavily involved with the LHC Atlas detector.

Research Highlight: That Vacuum Is Really Something!

Research Highlight: That Vacuum Is Really Something!

One effort of Prof. Milton and his research group is to understand the nature of the quantum vacuum, which is important in explaining dark energy as well having applications to nanotechnology. The images of cylindrical wedges may be relevant to understanding the quantum nature of cosmic strings, while the corrugated surfaces represent an idea for building nano-gears, in which the mechanical bodies never touch each other, but in which forces and torques are transmitted by quantum vacuum energy.

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CMP Journal Club

Feb 28, 2017 12:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 103 - Soumya Bhattacharya

Colloquium

Mar 02, 2017 4:00 pm

Nielsen Hall 170 - Kuver Sinha
The Quest to Understand Hierarchies in Nature and Implications for Early Universe Cosmology

Astronomy Journal Club

Mar 03, 2017 12:30 pm

Nielsen Hall 103 - Shaun Steele and Nick Reynolds

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