Particle Physics

This series consists of talks in the areas of Particle Physics, High Energy Physics & Quantum Field Theory.

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Tuesday Sep 15, 2020
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Friday Sep 11, 2020
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The axion solution to the strong CP problem also provides a natural dark matter candidate. If the Peccei-Quinn symmetry has ever been restored after inflation, topological defects of the axion field would have formed and produced relic axions, whose abundance is in principle calculable. We study the contribution to the abundance produced by string defects during the so-called scaling regime. Clear evidence of scaling violations is found, the most conservative extrapolation of which strongly suggests a large number of axions from strings.

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Tuesday Aug 11, 2020
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We revisit the physics of neutrino magnetic moments, focusing in particular on the case where the right-handed, or sterile, neutrinos are heavier (up to several MeV) than the left-handed Standard Model neutrinos. The discussion is centered around the idea of detecting an upscattering event mediated by a transition magnetic moment in a neutrino or dark matter experiment.

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Tuesday Jul 14, 2020
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In the first part of the talk I will present how to compute anomalous dimensions of EFT operators using on-shell scattering amplitudes. The method is used to compute some two loop transitions, which are important to provide a complete characterisation of the dynamics affecting some low energy precision experiments. In the second part, I show how unitarity, analycity and locality impose stringent non-trivial constraints to the space of possible EFTs, invisible at the Lagrangian level by only considering the symmetries of the IR theory.

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Tuesday Jun 23, 2020
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Neutrinos are a key (although implicit) ingredient of the standard cosmological model, LambdaCDM. Firstly, neutrinos directly participate in neutron freeze out during BBN, and secondly, they represent 40% of the energy density of the Universe after electron positron annihilation up to almost matter radiation equality. The latter fact makes neutrinos a necessary element to understand CMB observations. 

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Tuesday Jun 16, 2020
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Tuesday Jun 09, 2020
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The inference of the present expansion rate from the Cosmic Microwave Background and other early-time probes (assuming standard

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Tuesday Apr 28, 2020
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Light dark photons are subject to various plasma effects, such as Debye screening and resonant oscillations, which can lead to a more complex cosmological evolution than is experienced by conventional cold dark matter candidates. Maintaining a consistent history of dark photon dark matter requires ensuring that the super-thermal abundance present in the early Universe (i) does not deviate significantly after the formation of the CMB, and (ii) does not excessively leak into the Standard Model plasma after BBN.

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Tuesday Apr 21, 2020
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In this talk I will discuss ongoing efforts at UChicago to explore matter made of light. I will begin with a broad introduction to the challenges associated with making matter from photons, focusing specifically on (1) how to trap photons and imbue them with synthetic mass and charge; (2) how to induce photons to collide with one another; and (3) how to drive photons to order, by cooling or otherwise.

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