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Events on Thursday, January 26th, 2023

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Reactor Neutrino Experiments in China: Daya Bay and JUNO
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: CH4274 /
Speaker: Wei Wang, Sun Yat-sen University
Abstract: Reactor neutrino experiments have played irreplaceable roles in the history of neutrino physics and in recent years, two major ones have been built in Southern China, a short-baseline one, the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, and a medium-baseline one, Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), which is currently under construction. Daya Bay discovered the value of θ 13 successfully and currently also holds the best atmospheric mass-squared difference measurement. The unexpected large value of θ 13 has also made the neutrino mass ordering measurement possible using reactor neutrinos, which is what JUNO is aiming to resolve by carefully arranging two oscillation frequencies onto the same energy spectrum. In this talk, we will give a general review on neutrino oscillation, the Daya Bay latest results, the design of JUNO and its current status.
Host: Albrecht Karle
Presentation: Daya Bay & JUNO Experiments - 20230126.pdf
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Astronomy Colloquium
Seeking the nature of dark matter with the Milky Way halo and wide-field photometric surveys
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Peter Ferguson, UW-Madison
Abstract: The outer Milky Way halo is extremely dark matter dominated, and its stellar content is made up of accreted substructures that did not form in our Galaxy. Finding and characterizing these substructures, particularly ultra-faint dwarf galaxies and stellar streams, provides a unique probe of the nature and distribution of dark matter in the Milky Way. These efforts have been enabled by wide field photometric surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Dark Energy Survey (DES). To continue to make progress in these efforts with current and upcoming surveys it is important to calibrate the data products precisely and understand the various survey selection functions. In this talk, I will discuss how we can learn about the nature of dark matter by studying the Milky Way halo substructures. Then I will share some of our efforts to find and characterize these substructures, focusing on stellar streams, with current surveys like the DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey (DELVE). Finally, I will discuss the current status of the Vera C. Rubin observatory and our efforts to ensure future discoveries with the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) through careful verification and validation of the survey data.
Host: Ke Zhang
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