• May 28 2013

    Gauteng Seminar Series on Theoretical Physics takes off!

    Message received from Dr Alan Cornell

    Dear Colleagues,

    On behalf of the Gauteng node of NITheP we would like to invite you to participate in the Gauteng Seminar Series on Theoretical Physics. The seminar series aims to increase communication between UNISA, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria and Wits, thereby promoting collaboration in Theoretical Physics.

    We hope to meet four times a year, with the venue of the seminar shifting between the different partners. Thus, each partner can expect to host the seminar once per year. We shall hold the first event on the 4th of June at Wits, where we have two speakers from the University of Johannesburg:

    1. "Relativistic nucleus - nucleus collisions: from Bevalac to LHC"

    to be presented by Prof. Azwinndini Muronga (University of Johannesburg)

    Abstract: In this presentation I will discuss the goals of relativistic nuclear collisions research, starting from the LBL Bevatron /Bevalac facility in the 1970s.The idea of high density nuclear matter led to an outline of physics observables that could determine the nuclear matter equation of state at extreme conditions of temperature and/or baryon density.
    The advent of QCD suggested the need for higher centre of mass energies and the research moved to BNL AGS and CERN SPS and later to RHIC at BNL before it finally arrives at ALICE in LHC.
    A set of physics observables is discussed for a wide range of centre of mass energies.

    2. "Concavity theorems for energy surfaces"

    to be presented by Prof. Steven Karataglidis (University of Johannesburg)

    Abstract: Concavity properties prevent the existence of significant landscapes in energy surfaces obtained by strict energy minimisations subject to constraints. The inherent contradiction is due to fluctuations of collective (constraint) coordinates. The problem is discussed in reference to mean field calculations, and a solution to the fluctuations is offered.

    Date: Tuesday, 4th June 2013
    Venue: Frank Nabarro Lecture Theatre (P216), in the School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand
    Time: 13.00 - 15.30

    Please distribute this information, and the attached poster to any of your colleagues who might be interested in attending.

    For the purposes of catering, we would also appreciate an indication of how many people will be coming from each institution, where this event is open to all theory students and staff.

    We look forward to seeing you next week,

    Yours Sincerely,
    Alan Cornell (on behalf of the Gauteng Node)


    Alan S. Cornell

    School of Physics
    University of the Witwatersrand
    Private Bag 3
    Wits 2050
    South Africa

    Fax :+27-86-765-2712

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