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Events on Friday, March 3rd, 2023

Graduate Program Event
Prospective Visit Days
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Place: all over Chamberlin
Speaker: Sharon Kahn, Graduate Program
Abstract: This weekend, we'll host 28 prospective PhD student visitors to the department. Please welcome them as you see them around Chamberlin!
Host: Sharon Kahn
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Machine Learning and its Applications in IceCube
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Place: CH4274/Join Zoom Meeting
Speaker: Claudio Kopper, Michigan State University/Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Abstract: In this talk, I will be discussing the fascinating world of machine learning (ML) and its applications to the IceCube neutrino telescope. The field of machine learning has become increasingly important over the last years and now constitutes a vital contribution to the physics output of experiments such as IceCube. I will present recent IceCube results that were made possible by machine learning techniques and highlight the challenges we face when applying ML to IceCube data. The key challenges to be solved in IceCube are background suppression, particle identification, and event reconstruction, all of which can benefit from the implementation of ML techniques. I will be showcasing the ways in which ML can help with these challenges, and how it has been widely adopted within IceCube, not only to tackle these issues but also in the development of analysis methodology. Overall, the talk will provide an overview of ML techniques, how they are applied in IceCube, and the exciting recent results based on ML.
Host: Albrecht Karle
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Physics Department Colloquium
The Cool Copper Collider
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Emilio Nanni, SLAC, Stanford University
Abstract: The goal of a next-generation e+e- collider is to carry out precision measurements to percent level of the Higgs boson properties that are not accessible at the LHC and HL-LHC. In this talk we will present the study of a new concept for a high gradient, high power accelerator with beam characteristics suitable to study the Higgs boson, the Cool Copper Collider (C^3), with the goal of significantly reducing capital and operating costs. C^3 is based on the latest advances in rf accelerator technology and utilizes optimized cavity geometries, novel rf distribution and operation a cryogenic temperatures to allow the linear accelerator to achieve high accelerating gradients while maintaining overall system efficiency. We will present the latest demonstrated performance of prototype accelerators and highlight the future development path for C^3.
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