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Physics Colloquium: Fundamental Physics with Electroweak Probes of Nuclei
Start Date: 4/15/2021Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 4/15/2021End Time: 4:30 PM

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Saori Pastore, PhD
Washington University
Next-generation experiments are poised to explore lepton-number violation, discern the neutrino mass hierarchy, understand the particle nature of dark matter, and answer other fundamental questions aimed at testing the validity and extent of the Standard Model.  Nuclei are used for these high-precision tests of the Standard Model and for searches of physics Beyond the Standard Model.  Without a thorough understanding of nuclei, we will not be able to meaningfully interpret the experimental data nor can we disentangle new physics signals from underlying nuclear effects.  Experimental programs addressing open questions in fundamental symmetries and neutrino physics often rely on accurate calculations of electroweak structure and reactions in nuclei.  To describe nuclear properties, I use many-body nuclear interactions and electroweak currents derived in chiral effective field theory, and Quantum Monte Carlo methods to solve for the nuclear structure and dynamics of the many-body problem for nuclei.  This microscopic approach yields a coherent picture of the nucleus and its properties, and indicate that many-body effects are essential to accurately explain the data.  In this talk, I will report on recent progress in Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of lepton-nucleus interactions in a wide range of energy and momentum transfer and their connections to current experimental efforts in fundamental symmetries and neutrino physics.
Contact Information:
Name: Professor Michelle Dolinski
Email: mjd396@drexel.edu
Disque Hall, Room 919, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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