About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50A, room 5132.

The committee members are:

The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact Paris Gordon at 510-486-4903 pcgordon@lbl.gov

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Special INPA SEMINAR – Rebecca Carney (SLAC)

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Rebecca Carney (SLAC)
Title: Silicon tracking in the search for rare processes 
Abstract: The ATLAS Detector, below the surface of the Swiss-French border, measures the remnants of high-energy proton-proton collisions, accelerated by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. A little over a year ago the LHC paused operations, having delivered an integrated luminosity corresponding to 150 fb^−1 of data at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. This talk will describe a search for physics beyond the Standard Model using that dataset, as well as the charged particle tracking detector technology that renders it possible.
Searching for rare processes requires sifting through a large amount of data, so in 2027 the LHC will enter a High Luminosity phase (HL-LHC), increasing the instantaneous luminosity by a factor of five and delivering 4000 fb^-1 within twelve years. This will impose significant technical challenges on all aspects of the ATLAS detector, resulting in the entire Inner Detector being replaced by an all-silicon tracker. ITk (the new “Inner TracKer”) will be comprised of Strip and Pixel detectors. This talk will also discuss the design of the ITk Pixel detector to handle the increased number of hits per chip and modeling of the damage to the silicon sensor, both to predict the detector performance and to understand the effects of radiation damage on data taking.


March 9
11:00 am - 12:00 pm



INPA guests from campus can now come up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass please email Paris Gordon. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Paris Gordon.