Conferences and workshops

Workshop on Controlled Fabrication of NV Centers in Diamonds

March 10th-11th, 2018
UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department

The properties of NV centers in diamonds have been extensively explored over the past 20 years. Single-site experiments with extraordinary precision and resolution have been demonstrated, raising expectations for revolutionary metrology/spectroscopy applications. However, all potential applications require a highly reproducible and precise placement of NV centers in pure synthetic diamond crystals.

Confronted with the requirements of proposed applications, the Workshop intends is to examine the limits and potentials of techniques used to control the NV center’s concentration, orientation, and relative depth below the diamond surface, while maintaining their excellent sensing properties. Ultimately, realizing the full potential of many of the proposed applications will require producing NV centers at a precision, scale and cost beyond what is currently possible. By bringing together experts in CVD, MWP-CVD growth, ion-implantation, and diamond processing with the instrument builders who are using the NV centers, the workshop will explore the intersection of future needs with manufacturing capabilities.

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Organizers: Ania Bleszynski Jayich (UCSB), Karoly Holczer (UCLA), Susumu Takahashi (USC)

QCD Meets Gravity Workshop 2017

December 11th-15th, 2017
UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department

This is the third in a series of meetings for researchers interested in the remarkable correspondence between Yang-Mills theory and gravity, known as the double-copy construction. An early manifestation of this is the KLT relations.

The BCJ double-copy construction has greatly simplified multiloop perturbative computations in gravity theories, leading to new insight into the ultraviolet properties of gravity theories. Currently there an intense global research activity to understand the origin of the relation as well as to apply it to more general classical solutions in General Relativity. This meeting will bring together experts in both QCD and gravity (including supersymmetric extensions), and focus on the development of common methodologies for handling both theories.

Organizers: Zvi Bern (UCLA), Clifford Chueng (Caltech), Donal O'Connell (Edinburgh), Radu Roiban (Penn State), Jaroslav Trnka (UC Davis), Henrik Johansson (Uppsala).

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Advances in QCD and Applications to Hadron Colliders Workshop

November 8-10, 2017 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department

There have been exciting recent progress in the field of QCD, including: new understanding of factorization, resummation and power corrections that give insight into effective field theories; a new ability to compute NNLO and beyond perturbative corrections that allow precision jet phenomenology at the LHC and other future colliders; better organizing principles for computing multi-loop corrections; the development of new parton showers with higher-order matching; and, many other new advances. This workshop will bring together a small group of experts to allow for targeted discussions that identify possible future advances that merge these new ideas. The topics we plan to discuss include but are not limited to:

• Factorization in effective field theory, including the impact of Glauber logs and power corrections;
• Resummation-based subtraction techniques and their latest precision phenomenology results;
• Recent advances in parton shower Monte Carlos;
• New PDFs and the impact of resumation on improving their uncertainty;
• Combining QCD and electroweak effects in precision observables;
• Developments in calculating two-loop virtual corrections and beyond.

This is the second year for this workshop following a very successful "Advances in QCD and Applications to Hadron Colliders 2016 Workshop" held at Argonne National Laboratory October 26 - 28, 2016. This year the workshop will be co-sponsored by Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCLA and Argonne National Laboratory. The workshop will be held at UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Organizers: Radja Boughezal (ANL), Fernando Febres Cordero (Freiburg), Zhongbo Kang (UCLA), Mao Zeng (UCLA).

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Southern California Strings Seminar Fall 2017

The Southern California Strings Seminar returns to UCLA for Fall 2017 on Friday, December 1st. We gather and discuss new ideas and developments, both general and specialized, in the field. This year's speakers include David Simmons-Duffin, Vladimir Rosenhaus, Edward Witten (as part of IPAM's Green Family Lecutre Series), and Daniel Jafferis.

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Seminars and colloquia

Theoretical Elementary Particle (TEP) Physics seminars


Monday, February 5th at 3:00 PM in PAB 4-330: Gabriele Veneziano (CERN) presents< Spontanepus CP breaking and the axion potential: an effective Lagrangian approach

Monday, December 4th at 3:00 PM in PAB 4-708: Emily Nardoni (UCSD) presents Anomalies for 4d SCFTs from M5-branes

SPECIAL SCHWINGER100 SEMINAR, Monday February 5, 2018, 2:00pm, PAB 4-708: Bob Finkelstein (UCLA) presents Are Dyons the Preons of the Knot Model

Bhaumik Luncheon Seminar

Monday, June 11 at 11:50AM in PAB 4-330: Pietro Musumeci (UCLA) presents Time-resolved transmission electron microscopy using relativistic electrons and Jay Hauser (UCLA) presents TBD

Wednesday, March 21 at 11:50AM in PAB 4-330: Michalis Bachtis (UCLA) presents Recent results from the TeV di-boson resonance search in CMS and Alexander Levine (UCLA) presents The mechanics of cells: A marriage of mechanics, fluctuations, and geometry

Monday, November 13 at 11:50AM in PAB 4-330: Troy Carter (UCLA) presents The Physics of Turbulent, Collisionless Plasmas

Bhaumik Luncheon Young Scientists Seminar (BLYSS)

Our new seminar series, the Bhaumik Luncheon Young Scientists Seminar (BLYSS) launched in Fall of 2017. The goal of this seminar is to learn about exciting new ideas from up-and-coming scientists in the department and from around the world.

Spring BLYSS, Friday, June 8th, 2018, 11:50 AM, PAB 4-330: Daniel Gilman and Christoph Uhlemann

Winter BLYSS Friday, March 2nd, 11:50AM, PAB 4-330: Adam West and Bao Minh Hoang.

Fall BLYSS, Friday, October 20th, 11:50AM, PAB 4-330: Justin Christensen and Se Kwon Kim.

Other seminars

Theory of Elementary Particles, Astroparticle Physics, and Phenomenology (TEPAPP) seminars

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Weekly Bhaumik Institute tea

The Bhaumik Institute hosts a weekly tea on the 4th floor bridge between PAB and Knudsen most Tuesdays from 3:30PM to 4:00PM. On some weeks a Bhaumik seminar or other Institute event will follow. Everyone in the Department is invited. Faculty, postdocs and graduate students in all areas of theoretical physics are especially encouraged to attend.

Activities in the Los Angeles area

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