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Physics ∩ ML Seminar
Genetic algorithms and breeding branes
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Gregory Loges, UW Madison
Abstract: Taking inspiration from nature, genetic algorithms provide an approach to optimization which mimics aspects of natural selection. Breeding, mutation, and ‘survival of the fittest’ all drive a population of individuals, generation by generation, towards their fittest form. In this talk I will present an introduction to genetic algorithms and discuss ongoing work utilizing genetic algorithms to search for consistent intersecting brane models.
Host: Moritz Muenchmeyer
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
The cosmological moduli problem and naturalness
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Place: Chamberlin 5280
Speaker: Robert Wiley Deal, University of Oklahoma and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abstract: We examine the cosmological moduli problem and its connection to electroweak naturalness. The cosmological moduli problem (CMP) comes in three parts: 1. Potential violation of Big-Bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) constraints from late decaying moduli fields, 2. The moduli-induced gravitino problem wherein gravitinos are overproduced and their decay violates BBN or dark matter overproduction bounds, and 3. The moduli-induced lightest SUSY particle (LSP) overproduction problem. We calculate the various two-body decay widths of a light modulus field into MSSM particles and gravitinos within general supersymmetric models. We evaluate regions of gravitino mass vs modulus mass parameter space constrained by BBN, by overproduction of gravitinos, and by overproduction of neutralino dark matter, along with connections to naturalness. We introduce a new solution to the CMP, and list a variety of other solutions to the CMP.
Host: Lars Aalsma
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