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.

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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.

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VIRTUAL INPA SEMINAR | Phillipp Windischofer (University of Oxford)

December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: via Zoom

Speaker: Phillipp Windischofer (University of Oxford)

Title: Detectors for Physics and Physics For Detectors


Powerful instrumentation has been a key enabler for many discoveries at the forefront of fundamental physics, from gravitational waves to the Higgs boson. In this seminar, I will argue that the converse is also true. I will show that applying established tools from physics to the study of particle detectors is a compelling strategy for identifying synergies and moving beyond the current boundaries of our instrumentation.
Starting from classical electrodynamics, I will explain how reciprocity relations give rise to a rigorous description of the electrical signals induced in detectors by moving charged particles, and how this opens up new possibilities for the simulation of radio arrays for neutrino detection. Continuing with many-body quantum mechanics, I will then highlight how Fock-space methods can be used to characterise the time resolution of single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs). Taken together, these calculations suggest that SPADs can also act as fast detectors for charged particles, and I will end by presenting the first results from a recent beam test at the CERN SPS that demonstrate this capability.
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December 3
12:00 pm - 1:00 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.