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The Department of Physics at Royal Holloway holds a series of interesting seminars on Particle Physics and Quantum Materials and Technologies. The audience typically consists of faculty members and students.

Spring Term 2023

Coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic some of the seminars will be held in-person and/or remotely.  The connection details are distributed before event. Please email for further details.

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title Location
Postponed Dr Nicholas Bonne, University of Portsmouth

The Tactile Universe: Accessible astrophysics public engagement with the vision impaired community

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 08/02/2023, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Neda Darvishi (Royal Holloway, University of London) nHDMs and their Accidental Symmetries Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 15/02/2023, 15:30 to 16:30 Anna Neuweiler, University of Potsdam

Simulating Dynamical Ejecta of Binary Neutron Star Merger: Homologous Expansion and Kilonova Properties

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 22/02/2023, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Ioannis Manthos, University of Birmingham

Spherical Proportional Counter: Detector concept and applications

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)

Quantum Materials and Technologies Seminars :

Time Speaker Title Location
Wed, 15/02/2023, 15:00 to 16:00 Dr Ravi Kunjwal, Université Libre de Bruxelles TBA Horton Lecture Theatre 2 (HLT2)
Fri, 24/02/2023, 14:00 to 15:00 Prof. Martin Weides, University of Glasgow Superconducting quantum circuits with coupling from single resonators to a bosonic mode ensemble. Tolansky Building (T125)
Fri, 03/03/2023, 14:00 to 15:00   Dr Sebastian de Graaf, National Physical Laboratory Chemical and structural identification of material defects in superconducting quantum circuits. Tolansky Building (T125)
Fri, 10/03/2023, 14:00 to 15:00 Prof. Marzena Szymanska, University College London TBA Tolansky Building (T125)
Wed, 15/03/2023, 14:00 to 15:00  Prof. Andrew Armour, University of Nottingham TBA Tolansky Building (T125)
Wed, 22/03/2023, 14:00 to 15:00  Dr Alessandro Rossi, University of Strathclyde The race for the quantum hardware: semiconductors alive and kicking Tolansky Building (T125)
Wed, 29/03/2023, 14:00 to 15:00 Dr Peter Leek, University of Oxford TBA Tolansky Building (T125)

Autumn Term 2022

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title Location
Wed, 07/09/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Colm Talbot (MIT Kavli Institute)

Precision Astrophysical Inference with Binary Black Holes

Tolansky Building (T125)
Wed, 28/09/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Moinul Hussain Rahat (University of Southampton)

BBN Photodisintegration Constraints on Gravitationally Produced Vector Bosons

Tolansky Building (T125)
Wed, 05/10/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Ulla Blumenschein (Queen Mary University of London)

V+jets production at the LHC

Tolansky Building (T125)
Wed, 12/10/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Simon Williams (Imperial College London) Simulating high energy collision events on a quantum computer  Tolansky Building (T125)
Wed, 19/10/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Paolo Franchini (Royal Holloway, University of London and Lancaster University) QUEST-DMC: Simulation studies for the detection of sub-GeV dark matter with a superfluid Helium-3 calorimeter Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 26/10/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Professor Chris Hays (University of Oxford)

High-precision measurement of the W boson mass with the CDF II detector

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 02/11/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Alice Hamer (Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Edinburgh) 

Darkside-20k SiPM testing

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 16/11/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Jean-Baptiste Sauvan (Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet (LLR), Ecole Polytechnique, France)

Reconstructing the HGCAL data in real-time at the CMS Level 1 trigger

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 23/11/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Professor Alexander Belyaev (University of Southampton)

Vector Dark Matter via a Fermionic Portal from a New Gauge Sector

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)
Wed, 07/12/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 James Greer (University of Sheffield)

Novel Mixed-Field Neutron-Gamma Detectors for Oil and Gas Well-Logging.

Horton Lecture Theatre 1 (HLT1)

Quantum Materials and Technologies Seminars :

14:00 to 15:00
Dr Michael Vanner (Imperial College London)

Brillouin optomechanics in whispering-gallery-mode microresonators: From strong coupling to single-phonon addition and subtraction operations.

Tolansky Building (T125)

Summer Term 2022

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title Location
Wed, 06/07/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Tommaso Dorigo (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, University of Padova) Toward the end-to-end optimization of experiments with deep learning Tolansky Building (T125)

Spring Term 2022

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title
Wed, 26/01/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Andrey Oleinik (Royal Holloway) Pyroelectric particle accelerators and sources: state-of-art and further development
Wed, 09/02/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Alexander Gerbershagen (Particle Therapy Research Center - PARTREC) Use of complementary simulation codes in complex beam optics
Wed, 09/03/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Professor Veronique Boisvert (Royal Holloway, University of London) The Climate Emergency: can Particle Physics ever be sustainable?
Wed, 16/03/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Adriana Dias (Royal Holloway, University of London) PlomBOX - development of a low-cost CMOS device for environmental monitoring
Wed, 27/04/2022, 15:30 to 16:30 Professor Alessandra Brazzale  (University of Padova) Case studies in astro and particle physics : challenges and opportunities for statistics

Condensed Matter Seminars :

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic condensed matter physics seminars are currently held in-person or/and remotely via MS Teams. The connection details are distributed before event. Please contact Dr Andrew Ho for further details.

Wed, 09/03/2022, 15:00 to 16:00 Prof. Seamus Davis (Oxford, Cork, Cornell)

On the Electron Pairing Mechanism of  Copper-Oxide High Temperature Superconductivity


Autumn Term 2021

Particle Physics Seminars:

Time Speaker Title
Wed, 13/10/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Magnus Schlösser (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Direct neutrino mass measurement with sub-eV sensitivity with the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN)

Wed, 20/10/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Elizabeth Leason (Royal Holloway, University of London) Searches for new physics using low energy electron recoils in LUX and LZ
Wed, 3/11/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Sophie King (King's College London) Electron neutrino cross section measurements with the T2K near detector, ND280
Wed, 10/11/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Andreia Maia Oliveira (CERN & University of Bern) A Large Area GEMPix detector for treatment plan verification in hadron therapy
Wed, 24/11/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Lukas Pickering (Royal Holloway, University of London) Is The Mirror Cracking? Current and Future Neutrino Oscillation Measurements from T2K and DUNE

Condensed Matter Seminars :

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic condensed matter physics seminars are currently held in-person or/and remotely via MS Teams. The connection details are distributed before event. Please contact Dr Andrew Ho for further details.

Time Speaker Title
Wed, 20/10/2021, 15:00 to 16:00 Dr Vitor Pedroso (Royal Holloway, University of London) Metastable solid 4He and the possible role of point defects.
Wed, 03/11/2021, 15:00 to 16:00 Femke Bangma (High Field Magnet Laboratory, Nijmegen, Netherlands) Ultra-low temperature measurements of PrOs4Sb12:
The influence of nuclear interactions on an exotic phase diagram.
Wed, 10/11/2021, 15:00 to 16:00 Dr Sumit Kumar (Royal Holloway, University of London) Low temperature microwave optomechanics: Anomalous force noise and optomechanically induced transparency
Wed, 17/11/2021, 15:00 to 16:00 Dr Charlie Steiner (PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Measuring the electronic states of FeSe and SnSe2 thin films with STM
Wed, 08/12/2021, 15:00 to 16:00 Prof. Vladimir Eltsov (Dept Applied Physics, Aalto University, Finland)

Nodal-line superfluid in confined 3He

Summer Term 2021

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title
Wed, 5/5/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Andrea Dubla (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) Charm cross section and fragmentation fractions in pp collision with ALICE
Wed, 12/5/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Prof Gavin Hesketh (University College London) First results from FNAL Muon g-2
Wed, 19/5/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Assistant Prof Daniel Hayden (Michigan State University) ATLAS Heavy Resonance Combination
Wed, 26/5/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Departmental Seminar: Dr Claudia Antolini (RHUL/SEPnet) A toolkit to build engaged research
Wed, 9/6/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Razvan-Daniel Moise (Imperial College London) Test of lepton flavour universality in beauty-quark decays
Wed, 30/6/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Paul Scovell (Boulby Underground Laboratory) The Boulby Underground Laboratory : The UK's deep underground science facility


Spring term 2021

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title
Wed, 13/1/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Shriram Jois (RHUL) A Search for Relic Axions and Their Frequency Modulation
Wed, 20/1/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Jaime Octavio Guerra-Pulido (ICN-UNAM) Applying astroparticle physics techniques to the detection of Pb contamination in water
Wed, 3/2/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Alexander Gerbershagen (CERN) Beamlines for fixed target experiments, test beams and particle therapy
Wed, 24/3/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Antonija Utrobicic (CERN GDD Laboratory) Precise timing detector based on Micormegas (PICOSEC): Towards the large area detector.
Wed, 31/3/2021, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Eldwan Brianne (DESY FTX) A high-performance calorimeter for the DUNE Near Detector

Autumn term 2020

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title
Wed, 4/11/2020, 15:30 to 16:30 Gregory Ashton (Royal Holloway, University of London) Turning wiggles into science: How we classify and understand gravitational-wave signals
Wed 11/11/2020, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Sarah Malik (Imperial College London) Quantum computing for simulating high energy collisions
Wed 18/11/2020, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Cheryl Patrick (University College London) Neutrinoless double-beta decay and SuperNEMO
Wed 25/11/2020, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr Noelia E. D. Noël (University of Surrey) Connecting Research Culture with Stellar Populations
Wed 09/12/2020, 15:30 to 16:30 Dr John Nugent (University of Glasgow) WAGASCI: A New Near Detector at T2K


Spring term 2020

Condensed Matter Seminars :

Time Speaker Title Location

Wednesday 4 March 2020 16:00 - 17:00

Dr Matthew Bryan (Dept Electronic Engineering, RHUL) Topological tunnelling in hybrid magnetic systems Shilling 1-07 (Creative Thinking Room)

Wednesday 11 March 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Prof Ivette Fuentes (University of Nottingham, University of Vienna and Penrose Institute) Collective excitations as quantum sensors for fundamental physics Shilling LT
Wednesday 18 March 2020 Prof Bryan Hickey (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds) Electronic and Thermal Transport in Lateral Spin Valves Shilling LT

Particle Physics Seminars :

Time Speaker Title Location

Wednesday 15 January 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Dr Cenk Türkoğlu (University of Sussex) Geant4-based Electromagnetic Background Model for the CRESST Experiment Tolansky Building (T125)

Wednesday 22 January 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Dr Lydia Beresford (University of Oxford)  Dijet Evolution Tolansky Building (T125)
Wednesday 29 January 2020 15:30 - 16:30 Dr Eva Montbarbon (CERN) CERN: New Physics beyond New Colliders Tolansky Building (T125)

Wednesday 12 February 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Prof Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (University of Birmingham) NEWS-G: Search for Light Dark Matter with a Spherical Proportional Counter Tolansky Building (T125)

Wednesday 19 February 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Dr Rob Appleby (University of Manchester) Communication in Science and Tactile Collider Tolansky Building (T125)

Wednesday 26 February 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Dr Florian Beutler (Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth) Expanding the BAO science case Tolansky Building (T125)

Wednesday 4 March 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Dr Joshuha Thomas-Wilsker Top quark pair associated Higgs production @ the LHC: Run2 and beyond Tolansky Building (T125)

Wednesday 22 April 2020 15:30 - 16:30

Dr Andrei Puiu (University of Milano-Biocca) Direct measurements for neutrino mass searches with HOLMES Tolansky Building (T125)


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