Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania

Experimental Particle Physics
Seminars 2018-19

Wednesdays at 4pm in room 2C2

Contact: Associate Professor Evelyn Thomson

See also previous years, theory seminars,
and department colloquia


Wednesday January 24 2018 at 4:00pm
Mark Vagins, University of Tokyo
Zen and the Art of Gadolinium-Loaded Water Cherenkov Detectors
Water Cherenkov detectors have been used for many years to study neutrino interactions and search for nucleon decays. Super-Kamiokande, at 50 kilotons the largest such underground detector in the world, has itself enjoyed over two decades of interesting and important physics results. Looking to the future, for the last fifteen years extensive R&D on a potential upgrade to the detector known as GADZOOKS! has been underway and is now complete; the project has been formally approved, and the detector will be prepared for Gd loading starting this summer. The benefits and challenges of enriching Super-K with 100,000 kilograms of a water-soluble gadolinium compound - thereby enabling it to detect thermal neutrons and dramatically improving its performance as a detector for supernova neutrinos, reactor neutrinos, atmospheric neutrinos, and also as a target for the T2K long-baseline neutrino experiment - will be discussed.
April 10 2018
Michael Ramsey-Musolf (UMass Amherst)
TeV Scale Lepton Number Violation: Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay & the LHC
Joint seminar with Theory
Tuesday August 7 2018 at 1:30pm in room 2C4
Lawrence Lee (Harvard University)
Searches for Supersymmetry with ATLAS

Wednesday October 17 2018 at 4:00pm in room 2C2
Shirley Li (SLAC)
Solar neutrino sensitivity of DUNE


Possible seminar dates during the 2018-19 academic year are these Wednesdays (* means date booked already)
  • Fall 2018: (9/5, 9/26), (10/17*, 10/24), (11/7), (11/28),
  • Spring 2019: (1/16, 1/30), (2/6, 2/27), (3/20, 3/27), (4/3, 4/24).
    Avoid dates of department colloquia (9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/5, 1/23, 2/13 or 2/20, 3/13, 4/10).