Physics Seminars
Department Colloquium

BOOST 2017, July 17-21, 2017, Buffalo, NY

LoopFest XVI, May 31-June 2, 2017, Argonne National Laboratory

HEPCOS Colloquia and Seminars:

Prof. Jesse Thaler, MIT, Sept. 29, 2016, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm, 205 NSC

Dr. Falko Dulat, SLAC, Oct. 18, 2016, 3:30-5:00 pm, 205 NSC


UB HIGH ENERGY Experimental Group

Wednesdays, 2PM

HEPCOS Journal Club
Wednesdays, 1PM
245 Fronczak Hall

"Some physics measurements get all the glory, trumpeted to the world in high-profile press releases, while others just do not seem to get any respect. One of the most difficult and time-consuming things one can do in particle physics is to understand the hadronic response of your detector. Luckily, a few highly dedicated researchers decide to do the heavy lifting."

From the Fermilab News article Rodney Dangerfield of Physics which features Professor Ia Iashvili's recent publication on the Jet energy scale and resolution in the CMS experiment in pp collisions at 8 TeV.

The Wild West of physics by Charlotte Hsu
Read about a new National Science Foundation-funded project, involving Profs. Kinney, Stojkovic and Wackeroth who are looking to bridge the gap between two related but distinctive fields: the study of "outer space" (stars and galaxies) and "inner space" (fundamental part icles and forces).
From left to right, Associate Professor Dejan Stojkovic, Professor Doreen Wackeroth and Professor Will Kinney. Credit: Douglas Levere

Nobel Prize of Physics 2013 awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for the theoretical discovery of the mechanism that contributes to the understanding of mass of subatomic particles. Learn about UB physicists' involvement in the experimental discovery of the Higgs particle here and in the Buffalo News.

In Search for Higgs Boson, UB Physicists Have Played a Role
University at Buffalo physicists are among researchers engaged in one of modern history's most exciting scientific endeavors: The hunt for the elusive Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that could help explain why objects have mass.
 Read More by Charlotte Hsu --- Source: UB News Center

UB Physicists Celebrate LHC Startup, Decades After Its Inception
Particle physicists don't ordinarily have a reputation as the most effusive bunch in the world but University at Buffalo physicists, along with their colleagues all over the planet, are positively exuberant about the Sept. 10 debut of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (the European Center for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, the most powerful particle physics accelerator ever built.
 Read More by Ellen Goldbaum --- Source: The Reporter

First Beam at LHC
On September 10, 2008, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva) will start colliding protons accelerated to record high energies. Experiments that are planned at LHC are designed to address the most fundamental questions in modern physics such as the origin of mass, dark matter and dark energy. Researchers at UB are part of the international collaboration of physicists who have built the LHC, and almost for two decades have been waiting for this historic event.

CERN will broadcast the LHC start-up world-wide from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM CERN time (3:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern time). The Physics Department will stream the video from CERN starting at 9:00 AM (local time). We will also present a slide show illustrating the physics program at LHC. Physics faculty who conduct research at LHC will be available for questions during/after the presentation.

The event will take place on the third floor of the Physics Department, Fronczak Hall, UB North campus, from 9:00 AM till noon.

Related links:

LHC First Beam Events in the United States (What is LHC, The US and the LHC, LHC Science, etc.)

Welcome to CERN, the world's largest particle laboratory (Where the web was born, CERN in a nutshell, etc.)

Large Hadron Rap (Rappin' about CERN's Large Hadron Collider!)

UB Grad Student Receives LHC Fellowship
The recipient of the $40,000 LHC Theory Initiative Graduate Fellowship is Catherine Bernaciak of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Bernaciak will study the electroweak observables and indirect searches for the Higgs boson and other new physics at the LHC. These calculations are important to allow accurate predictions of the particle distributions at the LHC.
 Read More --- Source: Headlines@Hopkins

Seeking new physics in "virtual footprints"
Like a detective tailing a frustratingly elusive perpetrator, UB scientist Doreen Wackeroth doesn't have much to go on when she searches for clues to the most basic questions in physics.
 Read More --- Source: The Reporter

Physicists' focus is experimental
As UB's first high-energy physicists who specialize in experiments, as opposed to theory, Ia Iashvili says she and her husband love the freedom of building a program from scratch while continuing to collaborate with academics all over the world.
 Read More --- Source: The Reporter

Fermilab boosts physics education with QuarkNet
When physics teachers David McClary and Larry Hiller first heard about the QuarkNet program through the particle physics group at the University of Buffalo, the teachers thought the program seemed too good to be true. Would QuarkNet simply donate a cosmic-ray detector to their school?
 Read More --- Source: Fermilab Today

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