Physics 612 - Spring 2018








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The QT Group


You need to do a project on a topic of your choice selected after consultation with the Instructor, write a paper on it and present it in class at the end of the semester. This is not meant to be original work. You just need to understand a certain subject described in one of the recommended textbooks and not covered in class, or in a research paper you happen to be interested in.


  1. Consult with Instructor and agree on scope of project by Fri., Feb. 2
  2. First draft due by Fri., Mar. 30
  3. Paper due by Fri., Apr. 27
  4. Presentations Fri., May 4 (10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)


Name Title References Presentation
Himal Acharya Double vector quarkonia production in exclusive Higgs boson decays V. Kartvelishvili, A. V. Luchinsky, and A. A. Novoselov, Double vector quarkonia production in exclusive Higgs boson decays, arXiv:0810.0953 [hep-ph].
G. T. Bodwin, F. Petriello, S. Stoynev, and M. Velasco, Higgs boson decays to quarkonia and the Hccbar coupling, arXiv:1306.5770 [hep-ph].
10:00 am
Mohammad Al-Mamun Neutrino Interactions in Hot and Dense Matter S. Reddy, M. Prakash, and J. M. Lattimer, Neutrino Interactions in Hot and Dense Matter, arXiv:astro-ph/9710115. 10:15 am
Jonathan M. Clark Spacetime, entanglement, and the ER = EPR conjecture M. Van Raamsdonk, Building up spacetime with quantum entanglement, arXiv:1005.3035 [hep-th].
J. Maldacena and L. Susskind, Cool horizons for entangled black holes, arXiv:1306.0533 [hep-th].
L. Susskind, Copenhagen vs Everett, Teleportation, and ER=EPR, arXiv:1604.02589 [hep-th].
10:30 am
Jifeng Fan TBA TBA 10:45 am
Charles P. Hughes Hawking-Unruh Tenperature P. M. Alsing and P. W. Milonni, Simplified derivation of the Hawking–Unruh temperature for an accelerated observer in vacuum, American Journal of Physics 72, 1524 (2004).
K. T. McDonald, Hawking-Unruh Radiation and Radiation of a Uniformly Accelerated Charge (1998).
P. Castorina, A. Iorioc, and H. Satz, Hadron Freeze-Out and Unruh Radiation, arXiv:1409.3104 [hep-ph].
11:00 am
Ilias Kokkas The infrared triangle A. Strominger, Lectures on the Infrared Structure of Gravity and Gauge Theory, arXiv:1703.05448 [hep-th].
D. Kapec, M. Pate, and A. Strominger, New Symmetries of QED, arXiv:1506.02906 [hep-th].
D. Kapec, M. Perry, A.-M. Raclariu, and A. Strominger, Infrared Divergences in QED, Revisited, arXiv:1705.04311 [hep-th].
11:15 am
Aaron M. Lackey-Stewart Semiclassical approaches are inconsistent A. Luis and G. Garcia, Semiclassical approaches are inconsistent, arXiv:1801.03642 [quant-ph]. 11:30 am
Chinmay Mishra Extracting Entanglement from a Quantum Field Vacuum A. Valentini, Non-local correlations in quantum electrodynamics, Phys. Lett. A 153, 321 (1991).
B. Reznik, Entanglement from the Vacuum, Foundations of Physics, 33, 167 (2003).
A. Pozas-Kerstjens and E. Martín-Martínez, Harvesting correlations from the quantum vacuum, Phys. Rev. D 92, 064042 (2015).
K. Bradler, G. Siopsis, and A. Wozniakowski, Covert Quantum Internet, arXiv:1704.07281 [quant-ph].
11:45 am
Kazi M. Reaz TBA TBA 12:00 am
Hao Zhang Spin wave interactions on triangular lattice M. E. Zhitomirsky and A. L. Chernyshev, Colloquium: Spontaneous magnon decays Rev. Mod. Phys. 85, 219 (2013). 12:15 am


Name Title References
Joshua L. Barrow Neutron-Antineutron Oscillation Time Predictions at Tree Level
  1. Post-sphaleron baryogenesis and an upper limit on the neutron-antineutron oscillation time, K. S. Babu, et al., Phys. Rev. D 87, 115019 (2013).
  2. Postsphaleron Baryogenesis, K. S. Babu, R. N. Mohapatra, and S. Nasri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 131301 (2006).
  3. Neutron-Antineutron Operator Renormalization, M. I. Buchoff and M. Wagman, Proc. Of Sci, The 32nd Int. Symp. On Lattice Field Theory, June 2014.
  4. Perturbative renormalization of neutron-antineutron operators, M. I. Buchoff and M. Wagman, Phys. Rev. D 93, 016005 (2016).
Daniel E. Castillo Fault-tolerant quantum computation by anyons Fault-tolerant quantum computation by anyons, A. Yu. Kitaev, Annals Phys. 303 (2003) 2-30; arXiv:quant-ph/9707021.
Jimmy P. Caylor Electric dipole moment of the neutron The neutron and its role in cosmology and particle physics, D. Dubbers and M. G. Schmidt, Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1111 (2011).
Casey J. Eichstaedt Renormalization in constructing low-energy effective model Hamiltonian for real materials from first principles electronic structure calculations Frequency-dependent local interactions and low-energy effective models from electronic structure calculations, F. Aryasetiawan, M. Imada, A. Georges, G. Kotliar, S. Biermann, and A. I. Lichtenstein, Phys. Rev. B 70, 195104 (2004).
Inhomogenous electron gas, P. Hohenberg and W. Kohn, Phys. Rev. 136, B864 (1964).
Joseph N. Heideman Higgs Boson Decay with Quarkonia Production Double vector quarkonia production in exclusive Higgs boson decays, V. Kartvelishvili, A. V. Luchinsky, and A. A. Novoselov, Phys. Rev. D 79, 114015 (2009); arXiv:0810.0953 [hep-ph].
William E. Witt Deep Inelastic Scattering An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley - Chapter 17.
Brandon L. Cathey Hawking Radiation Modeling Black Hole Evaporation, A. Fabbri and J. Navarro-Salas, Imperial College Press.
Samuel B. Emmons Deep Inelastic scattering Renormalization: An Introduction to Renormalization, the Renormalization Group and the Operator-Product Expansion, J. C. Collins, Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics.
Blaine A. Heffron Quantum Computation of Scattering Quantum Computation of Scattering in Scalar Quantum Field Theories, S. P. Jordan, K. S. M. Lee, and J. Preskill, arXiv:1112.4833
Andrew M. Lopez Elko Fields Dark matter: A spin one half fermion field with mass dimension one? D. V. Ahluwalia-Khalilova and D. Grumiller, arXiv:hep-th/0410192v2
On a local mass dimension one Fermi field of spin one-half and the theoretical crevice that allows it, D.V. Ahluwalia, arXiv:1305.7509v1
Searching for Elko dark matter spinors at the CERN LHC, A. Alves, et al., arXiv:1401.1127
Daniel M. Odell Decays of the Higgs Boson An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, M. E. Peskin and D. V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley, pp. 775 -777.
Niravkumar D. Patel Density Matrix Renormalization Group arXiv:cond-mat/0409292
Krishna Thapa Hard-scattering Processes in Hadron Collisions An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, M. E. Peskin and D. V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley.
Tono Coello Perez Chiral symmetry breaking An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley.
The Quantum Theory of Fields, Steven Weinberg, Vol. I, Cambridge University Press.
Suman Ganguli CFT multipoint correlators and quantum critical transport Multipoint correlators of conformal field theories: implications for quantum critical transport, D. Chowdhury, et al., arXiv:1210.5247.
Chris Hayes Path integrals References
Mostafa Hussein Single and double parton scattering: theoretical analysis and Pythia simulation Calculation of W b bbar Production via Double Parton Scattering at the LHC, E. L. Berger, et al., arXiv:1107.3150v2.
Eleftherios Moschandreou Young tableaux in quantum field theory Lie Algebras In Particle Physics: from Isospin To Unified Theories, H. Georgi, Frontiers in Physics.
Fields, W. Siegel.
Nick Sirica Photoemission process within the Keldysh formalism Inelastic Effects in Photoemission: Microscopic Formulation and Qualitative Discussion, C. Caroli, et al., Phys. Rev. B 8, 4552 (1973).
Quantum field-theoretical methods in transport theory of metals, J. Rammer and H. Smith, Rev. Mod. Phys. 58, 323 (1986).
Weisong Tu Quantum Hall Effect and Topological Insulators M. Konig, et al., Science 318, 766 (2007).
S. Murakami, N. Nagaosa, and S. C. Zhang, Science 301, 1348 (2003).
Y. Zhang, Y. Tan, H. L. Stormer, and P. Kim, Nature 438, 201 (2005).
Robert Van Wesep Linear response theory Condensed Matter Field Theory, Alexander Altland and Ben Simons, Cambridge.
Kubra Yeter Optical conductivity with holographic lattices arXiv:1204.0519 , arXiv:1209.1098
Hua Chen Topological Insulators arXiv:0802.3537
Jordan McDonnell Bound state production (mesons and baryons) An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley - Chapter 5.
Matthew Musgrave Deep Inelastic Scattering I An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley - Chapter 17.
Giordano Cerizza Deep Inelastic Scattering II An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley - Chapter 17.


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