Friday February 24 2012
A Word from the head of department
While writing this, I am sitting at TU Delft at the start of a conference on European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy Research, Education and Training. There have been several interesting lectures where one consistent and rather important element has been how to coordinate research, education and innovation within energy which takes place across disciplines and institutions. It is easy to recognize the challenges we have at our faculty when it comes to both interdisciplinarity and cooperation with the border zone and industry to mutual benefits. The lectures from this conference will be uploaded on their webpagge for those who want to read more.
Have a great
News and general information
Update on Neutrino Time of Flight measurement
The OPERA collaboration has informed its funding agencies and host laboratories that it has identified two possible effects that could have an influence on its neutrino timing measurement. These both require further tests with a short pulsed beam. If confirmed, one would increase the size of the measured effect, the other would diminish it. The first possible effect concerns an oscillator used to provide the time stamps for GPS synchronizations. It could have led to an overestimate of the neutrino's time of flight. The second concerns the optical fibre connector that brings the external GPS signal to the OPERA master clock, which may not have been functioning correctly when the measurements were taken. If this is the case, it could have led to an underestimate of the time of flight of the neutrinos. The potential extent of these two effects is being studied by the OPERA collaboration. New measurements with short pulsed beams are scheduled for May.
Workshop Bergen COMSOL User Group
Bergen COMSOL User Group organizes a half day workshop (from 12-15) on COMSOL Multiphysics at CMR/ Fantoft Wednesday March 7th. More information can be found here. Everyone interested in (or using) COMSOL Multiphysics is invited. If you are interested in any specific topics, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Norwegian Physics Students’ Conference 2012
Norwegian Physics Students’ Society (NoFFo) arranges each year the Norwegian Physics Students’ Conference (NFK). This year the conference will take place from March 9-11 at the University of Oslo. The conference starts on Friday at 18:00 with a general gathering at Norwegian Physics Students’ Society, followed by a science show with Andreas Wahl, pizza and fun. Saturday and Sunday there will be a series of lectures. The conference ends at 13:00 on Sunday. There will be organized accommodation at Marienlyst school (in the vicinity of the university) for students coming from outside Oslo.
In short, NoFFo is an association of various physics students organizations from UoB, NTNU and UoO. In addition, UMB from Ås, and Fysikkforeninga from UoT are also interested in joining. Noffo is also a sub-association of the International Association of Physics Students which arranges annually the International Conference for Physics Students. NoFFo elects at its general gathering the Norwegian representatives to participate in the international conference. The main activity of NoFFo is arranging the annual Norwegian Physics Students’ Conference. It is a rather big conference which takes place over one weekend, and which is usually held either in Bergen, Trondheim or Oslo. Last year we had our conference at UoB, and this year it is UoO’s turn. NFK is a scientific and social event where the main aim is to get to know the people outside the university limits – and this is our only opportunity to build networks of this type. Usually there is a series of lectures on physics and related topics divided between Saturday and Sunday. In the evenings there is an arranged dinner, followed by a party and general socializing, and that is in fact the main point of this conference. There will also be time for some tourist activities, since one is already visiting a different town. In addition, NoFFo organizes its general gathering on Friday, where they elect the president for the next term.
We are a bit late this year and the registration should take place as soon as possible at NoFFos webpage – get into action – this can really be a lot of fun! We are trying to get most of the travel costs covered, or as much of it as we can, but it also partly depends on how many people need to travel to the location – and conference participation is free of charge. To find out which type of transport will be arranged, we also need to know the approximate number of those travelling. It would therefore be great that all of you intending to travel give us a feedback on it as soon as possible. The Physics Society here in Oslo usually lends us one of their buses in order to travel to Trondheim or Bergen when the conference is held there. In case of any questions or feedback, please contact Jonas van den Brink at UoO or the leader Hulda S. Fadnes who is the head of Committee for Physics and Technology. She informs us that the department’s PTEK-students are also very welcome at the conference.
Publications registered in ISI Web of Science
o Førre Morten: One-photon double ionization of helium: A heuristic formula for the cross section PHYSICAL REVIEW A Volume: 85 Issue: 1 Article Number: 013420 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.85.013420
o Hansen J. P.; Sorngard S. A.; Forre M.; Rasanen E.: Quantitative modeling of spin relaxation in quantum dots PHYSICAL REVIEW B Volume: 85 Issue: 3 Article Number: 035326 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.035326
o ATLAS Collaboration: Buanes T, Burgess T, Eigen G, Johansen LG, Kastanas A, Leibig W, Lipniacka A, Mohn B, Oye OK, Rosendahl PL, Sandaker H, Sjursen TB, Stugu B, Tonyan A, Ugland M et al.: Measurement of the ZZ Production Cross Section and Limits on Anomalous Neutral Triple Gauge Couplings in Proton-Proton Collisions at root s=7 TeV with the ATLAS Detector PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS Volume: 108 Issue: 4 Article Number: 041804 DOI: 10.1103/ PhysRevLett.108.041804
o Carlson B. E.; Gjesteland T.; Ostgaard N.: Connecting the terrestrial gamma-ray flash source strength and observed fluence distributions JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS Volume: 117 Article Number: A01314 DOI: 10.1029/2011JA017122
o ATLAS Collaboration: Buanes T, Burgess T, Eigen G, Johansen LG, Kastanas A, Leibig W, Lipniacka A, Mohn B, Oye OK, Rosendahl PL, Sandaker H, Sjursen TB, Stugu B, Tonyan A, Ugland M et al.: Measurement of the W -> tau nu(tau) cross section in pp collisions at root s=7 TeV with the ATLAS experiment ATLAS Collaboration PHYSICS LETTERS B Volume: 706 Issue: 4-5 Pages: 276-294 DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2011.11.057
o ATLAS Collaboration: Buanes T, Burgess T, Eigen G, Johansen LG, Kastanas A, Leibig W, Lipniacka A, Mohn B, Oye OK, Rosendahl PL, Sandaker H, Sjursen TB, Stugu B, Tonyan A, Ugland M et al.: Measurement of the cross-section for b-jets produced in association with a Z boson at root s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector PHYSICS LETTERS B Volume: 706 Issue: 4-5 Pages: 295-313 DOI: 10.1016/ j.physletb.2011.11.059
o Miao Yuanhua; Liu Yanhong; Hu Lanying; Helseth, Lars Egil: Colloidal clustering of protein-coated microspheres in evaporating droplets SOFT MATTER Volume: 8 Issue: 7 Pages: 2267-2273 DOI: 10.1039/c2sm06777c
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