Category Archives: Particle Physics

Homage to Richard Feynman on His Hundredth Birthdate

May 11, 2018, would be the physicist Richard Feynman’s hundredth birthday.  I gave a talk to OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) on him in 2012.  I never referenced it appropriately on my list of topics.  But to pay homage to … Continue reading

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Solar Fusion by Quantum Tunneling

Solar Fusion by Quantum Tunneling This is supposed to be a short OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) lecture to accompany the Teaching Company Lecture 48 by Prof. Alex Filippenko.  His lecture is entitled “How Stars Shine — Nature’s Nuclear Reactors. … Continue reading

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UCI Neutrino Group Shares in Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Prize

The Breakthrough Prizes were just announced in the NY Times, on Nov. 8, 2015.  One of the Fundamental Physics Prizes went to five neutrino experiments that showed that neutrinos oscillated.  The UCI Department of Physics and Astronomy Neutrino Group participated … Continue reading

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UC Irvine’s Contribution to the 2015 Nobel Prizes in Physics

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was won by leaders of the Super-Kamiokande and SNO neutrino experiments, Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald, respectively. The Super-Kamiokande (Super-K) experiment in Japan showed that neutrinos oscillated, and therefore had mass. The Sudbury … Continue reading

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Symmetries in the Mathematical Description of Nature

Part of the consideration of the question of the connection of mathematics to the understanding of nature is the discovery of symmetries in nature, and the formulation of this symmetry in mathematics.  Symmetry was established in this connection when Emily … Continue reading

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The Effectiveness of Mathematics in Describing the Universe

NOVA just had a show on this question.  But besides the original question is that of what type of answer are you looking for, or what answer will you accept?  Otherwise the question is largely undefined. There are several simple … Continue reading

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Neutrino Mysteries, Lecture for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

On Monday, April 7, I gave a lecture on “Neutrino Mysteries” to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of UC Irvine. It is at the link Neutrino Mysteries 5 . The talk covers neutrino properties and an explanation of neutrino mixing.  It also … Continue reading

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LUX Rules Out Previous Dark Matter Results

The LUX dark matter search experiment announced its first results this morning, almost totally ruling out previous experiments that had evidence for dark matter particles at low mass. LUX had expected 1550 dark matter events if the other detections were … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize for Physics 2013 to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert

Congratulations to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for receiving the Physics Nobel Prize of 2013, for proposing the Higgs Boson that was announced at the LHC at CERN on July 4, 2012. Francois Englert and Peter Higgs at the Higgs … Continue reading

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The World of the Higgs – A Talk by Dennis Silverman

I am giving talks called The World of the Higgs to two groups, one at OLLI Cal State University Fullerton on Oct. 10 at 12:30 PM, and the next at OLLI UC Irvine, on Oct. 11 at 1 PM.  The link above … Continue reading

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