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UCD School of Physics Seminars

Upcoming seminars:

Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 2pm in SCN 128

Complex energy landscapes and their applications in chemistry and physics

Prof. Dr. J. Christian Schön

Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Bonn, and
Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany

For bio details, click here

In many areas of science, problems are frequently encountered which exhibit an underlying complex multi-minima energy landscape. Examples range from aging in physical and chemical systems to metastable chemical compounds and glassy systems, and optimal control of e.g. crystal growth, just to name a few instances. To address these questions and deal with the time evolution of such systems, it is necessary to develop new general concepts for analyzing such landscapes and suitable global exploration algorithms to obtain global and local  information about the structure of the energy landscape.

Organiser/contact: Dr Vio Buchete

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 2pm

Thursday 1st March 2018 at 3pm in SCN 128

PhD Transfer Presentation

Sean Mooney:
Studying the jet of active galaxy 3C 273 using international LOFAR

Organiser/contact: Prof Ronan McNulty

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Room 128 at 3pm

Thursday 15th March 2018 at 4pm in SCN 128

Unravelling the brightest supernova explosions 

Dr Cosimo Inserra

Department of Astrophysics, University of Southampton, UK

Supernovae, stellar explosions showcasing the dramatic final moments of a star's life. These have a profound influence upon many diverse areas of astrophysics, including chemical enrichment, feedback in galaxy formation, and stellar evolution. The last seven years have seen the surprising discovery of new classes of ultra-bright 'superluminous' supernovae, some 100 times brighter than classical supernova types, offering new probes of the high-redshift universe and the potential for a new class of standard candle. We understand surprisingly little about the physics of these events and yet they represent some of nature's brightest explosions. These supernovae come in many flavours and appear mainly in dwarf, metal-poor host galaxies at redshifts between 0.1 and 4.0, but the cause of their extreme luminosity remains unknown. I will present the latest results in the field, also focusing on the ongoing science projects related to these explosions, their use in the LSST era and the open questions that researchers are still facing.

Organiser/contact: Dr Morgan Fraser

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 4pm

 

Thursday 29th March 2018 at 4pm in SCN 128

Title TBA

Dr Gregory Sutton

School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

(Bio here)

Organiser/contact: Dr Morgan Fraser

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 4pm

Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 3pm in SCN 128

Title TBA

Dr Brian Reville

Centre for Plasma Physics, School of Mathematics and Physics Queen's University, Belfast

Organiser/contact: Prof Peter Duffy

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 3pm

Thursday 5th April 2018 at 4pm in SCN 128

Title TBA                                                                                   

Prof Stefan Weber

Physics of Interfaces,
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research,
Mainz, Germany 

Organiser/contact: Dr Brian Rodriguez

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 4pm

Thursday 26th April 2018 at 4pm in SCN 128

Title TBA                                                                                         

Dr Amit Kumar

School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University, Belfast 

Organiser/contact: Dr Brian Rodriguez

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 4pm

Semester II, 2018

Time-dependent spectral functions of quantum impurity systems

Prof Theo Costi

Theoretical Nanoelectronics, Peter Grünberg Institut, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Abstract and more information (pdf)
Organiser/contact: Dr Andrew Mitchell

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 4pm

 

Semester II, 2018

Title TBA                                                                                   

Dr Catherine Dougados

IPAG, CNRS and Universite Grenoble Alpes, France

Abstract and more information (pdf)
Organiser/contact: Prof. Deirdre Coffey

UCD School of Physics, Belfield Campus, Science Centre North, Seminar Room 128 at 4pm

 


 

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