Nuclear Physics for Neutrinos, Dark Matter and more

Dr. Saori Pastore (host Dickhoff), Los Alamos National Laboratory
February 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm
204 Crow
Event Description 

Next-generation experiments are poised to explore lepton-number violation, discern the neutrino mass hierarchy, understand the particle nature of dark matter, and answer other fundamental questions aimed at testing the validity and extent of the standard model. Nuclear uncertainties constitute an obstacle to these discoveries. To describe nuclear properties I work within the microscopic or ab initio approach. In the microscopic description of nuclei one assumes that all nuclear phenomena can be explained in terms of interactions between nucleons, and interactions between external probes (e.g, electrons, photons, neutrinos, dark matter, ...) with nucleons, nucleon-pairs, nucleon-triplets and so on, referred to as nuclear many-body currents. In this talk, I will review recent progress in microscopic calculations of electroweak properties of nuclei and discuss the impact of these studies on ongoing experimental efforts in fundamental symmetries and neutrino physics.

Coffee: 3:30 pm, 245 Compton