Past Physics Lecture Tours

2011-2012 Speaker Tour

The neutrino enigma and other dark matters
Tony Noble, Queen’s University

Feb. 28:  Dalhousie
Feb. 29:  Saint Mary’s
March 1:  Acadia
March 2:  St. Francis Xavier

The elusive neutrino has been responsible for many fascinating developments in our understanding of physics at the smallest of scales – the very structure and properties of the most basic building blocks of nature – as well as being influential in defining the formation of structure and the evolution of the Universe. The nature of Dark Matter, a mysterious form of matter which appears to dominant the Universe, likewise has untold secrets which current experiments may begin to elucidate. In this talk I will discuss the physics motivation and prospects for the next generation of experiments studying neutrinos and searching for dark matter at the world’s foremost accelerators and deep underground facilities.

Looking beyond the Standard Model with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
Thomas Gregoire, Carleton University

Feb. 8: Fredericton
Feb. 9 morning: Université de Moncton (en français*)
Feb. 9 afternoon: Mount Allison
Feb. 10: UPEI

English:
The Standard Model of particle physics is in exquisite agreement with available data. However, for various reasons it is thought to be incomplete. One of the missing ingredients is the physics responsible for the phenomena known as electroweak symmetry breaking without which most particles in the Standard Model would be massless. Many models have been proposed: supersymmetry, extra-dimensions of space, technicolor, and they are being put to the test at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), now in operation in Geneva. In this talk I will present the strengths and weakness of these models, discuss what constraints the LHC already put on them, and how they could change our understanding of particle physics and of our universe.

*Français :
Voir au-déla du modèle standard avec le grand collisionneur de Hadrons (LHC)

En physique des hautes énergies l’accord entre la théorie qu’on nomme Modèle Standard et les résultats expérimentaux est spectaculaire. Hors, pour diverses raisons, ce modèle est jugée incomplet et laisse plusieurs questions sans réponse. Une des pièces manquantes est la physique responsable de la brisure de symétrie électro-faible sans laquelle les particules du Modèle Standard seraient de masse nulle. Plusieurs hypothèse ont été émises pour expliquer cette brisure de symétrie: modèles supersymétriques, dimensions d’espace supplémentaires, modèle de technicouleur, et plusieurs autres. Le Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) a commencé sa collecte de données et il confirmera on infirmera expérimentalement ces hypothèses. Dans cette présentation, je discuterai des motivations derrière ces modèles et exposerai leurs forces et faiblesses. J’expliquerai aussi de quelle façon le LHC pourra ou non en faire la découverte et comment cela pourrait révolutionner notre compréhension de la physique des particules et de notre univers.

Tentative: Using Earth’s atmosphere to study the cosmos
Eric Donovan, University of Calgary

Visiting MUN and Grenfell

2011 APICS-CAP Lecture Tour

Dr. Pavel Kovton (University of Victoria)

Black holes as quantum liquids

  • March 1: Memorial University
  • March 2: Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

Dr. James Stotz (Queens University)

Controlling quantum states using earthquakes

  • March 7: Saint Mary’s University
  • March 8: Dalhousie University
  • March 9: Acadia University
  • March 10: St. Francis Xavier University

Dr. Adrian Lupascu (University of Waterloo)

Quantum electrical circuits

  • March 14: University of Prince Edward Island
  • March 15: Mount Allison University
  • March 16: Université de Moncton
  • March 17: UNB-Fredericton

Lecture Tour Coordinator: Igor Mastikhin (UNB)


2009 CAP-CASCA Lecture Tour

In recognition of year 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy, the tour was sponsored by the Canadian Association of Physicists and the Canadian Astronomical Society. It featured four lecturers:

James Taylor (University of Waterloo)

What is dark matter?

March 16-20, 2009

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Prince Edward Island

Heather Logan (Carleton University)

Higgs physics and the mystery of mass

February 12-17, 2009

  • Saint Mary’s University / Acadia University
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Mount Allison University
  • Université de Moncton

Peter Brown (University of Western Ontario)

Target Earth: impacts both large and small

March 2-5, 2009

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Acadia University

Arundhati Dasgupta (University of Lethbridge)

Finding quantum gravity

March 23-26, 2009

  • University of New Brunswick
  • Université de Moncton / Mount Allison University
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Saint Mary’s University / Dalhousie University

Lecture Tour Coordinator: Ruben Sandapen (U de Moncton)


2008 CAP-CASCA Lecture Tour

Dr. Pierre Savard (University of Toronto)

March 17-20, 2008

  • Université de Moncton
  • Mount Allison University
  • Dalhousie University/Saint Mary’s University
  • University of New Brunswick

Daniel James (University of Toronto)

March 24-28, 2008

  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Acadia University
  • University of Prince Edward Island

2007 CAP-CASCA Lecture Tour

Dr. David Hobill (University of Calgary)

“Einstein Plays Dice”

March 23-28

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Dalhousie University/Saint Mary’s University
  • Acadia University
  • St. Francis Xavier University

2005 CAP-CASCA Lecture Tour

Dr. Cliff Burgess (McGill University)

String Theory: Quantum Mechanics and Gravity – The Start of a Beautiful Relationship

January 13-14, 2005

  • Acadia University
  • Saint Mary’s University/Dalhousie University

Planned talks at University of Prince Edward Island, Université de Moncton, and Mount Allison had to be cancelled due to poor weather.


2003 CAP-CASCA Lecture Tour

Jordan Kyriakidis (Dalhousie University)

Quantum Engineering of Artificial Atoms and Molecules

January 24 – February 14, 2003

  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Mount Allison University
  • Université de Moncton
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Acadia University
  • Saint Mary’s University

Randy Kobes (University of Winnepeg)

Fractal Music and Musical Fractals

March 17-21, 2003

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Moncton University
  • Mount Allison University
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Acadia University/Saint Mary’s University/Dalhousie University

2002 CAP-CASCA Lecture Tour

Vicki Kaspi (McGill University)

Diversity in Young Neutron Stars

February 13-14, 2002

  • Dalhousie University/Saint Mary’s University
  • Acadia University

Roger Lessard (Laval University)

Optical Materials and their uses

March 19-22, 2002

  • Mount Allison University
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Université de Moncton
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland

Craig Bennett (Acadia University) both APICS Lecture Tour Coordinator and Atlantic Region CAP Lecture Tour Coordinator