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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 23 February 2018

'Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante', Exhibition curated by Dr Annalisa Cipollone

9:00am to 11:55pm, Palace Green Library, Durham University

Contact for more information about this event.

Spiro Antiochos: The Origins of Major Solar Eruptions

2:00pm, CM219

Coronal mass ejections (CME) and the accompanying solar flares are the largest explosions in the solar system. These giant eruptions of magnetic field and matter drive the most destructive space weather here at Earth and throughout interplanetary space; such energetic particle radiation that can pose extreme hazards to deep space astronauts and electric power outages that can disrupt our technological society. Furthermore, solar eruptions are, perhaps, the most accurately measured manifestation of magnetic fields and matter exchanging energy on cosmic scales; therefore, they are highly important for advancing basic science understanding. I will review the latest observations of solar eruptions from NASA space missions, and then present results of recent theoretical and modeling studies. An important new finding in recent years is that the mechanisms underlying solar eruptions may be invariant over many decades in observed energy release. I will discuss the latest 3D MHD numerical simulations on the self-consistent energy buildup and eventual explosive energy release that are the defining features of a CME/flare event. Our results demonstrate that the Sun’s corona is an amazing example of self-organization on cosmic scales.

This work was supported by the NASA Living With a Star Program.

Contact for more information about this event.

Andrew Cheek: RAPIDD tutorial

4:10pm, OC218

This work aims to tackle a problem which many of us face, in generality. In particular, Direct Dark Matter Detection is usually framed in an over simplified way, which makes unclear the actual power of this technology. The reason for keeping things simple is to make our lives easier and our calculations finish quicker. However, a small group in the IPPP have managed to show that you can circumvent the Direct Detection calculation altogether using PROFESSOR, giving you huge speed up factors and allowing you to do more general analyses than ever before. Also you'll get the results before pub time.

I will spend some time recapping the physics and motivating the need for more complexity. Time permitting, I will also have a discussion on the non-relativistic effective field theory basis, since we have many who work with EFTs in some way. Most importantly, I will give you the opportunity to play with my code and I'll set you some fun challenges!

Contact Daniel Martin for more information about this event.