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           11:00 - 12:00     Wednesday Weekly Seminar-google meet
Gravitational waves as a probe for electroweak sector of particle physics


Abstract: We study the dynamics of electroweak phase transition in a simple extension of the Standard Model where the Higgs sector is extended by adding an $SU(2)_L$-mutiplet. By making random scans over the parameters of the model, we show that there are regions consistent with constraints from collider experiments and the requirement for a strong first-order electroweak phase transition which is needed for electroweak baryogenesis. Further, we also study the power spectrum of the gravitational waves which can be generated due to the first-order phase transitions. Observation of such gravitational waves, such as by future space-based gravit ...

           16:30 - 18:00     Weekly Seminar (Online)
Light from Dark Solitons


Axions and Axion-like fields are popular in cosmology, both as the inflaton and as dark matter. Such fields can naturally condense into long-lived, spatially localized configurations (oscillons, axion stars etc). I will discuss conditions under which such solitons become effective antennas for electromagnetic radiation by converting axions to photons, which can lead to potential observational signatures. I will also discuss multimessenger signals: electromagnetic and gravitational wave emission from soliton collisions. Time permitting, I will digress to advertise a separate topic of CMB birefringence from a different type of ...

           16:30 - 17:30     Mathematics Colloquium
Stickelberger and the Eigenvalue Theorem


The Eigenvalue Theorem is a basic result in computational algebraic geometry. It says that solving a zero-dimensional system of polynomial equations can be reduced to an eigenvalue problem in linear algebra. The name of Ludwig Stickelberger (1850-1936) is often attached to this theorem, yet papers that use his name never cite any of his papers. My lecture will explore the reasons for this. The answer involves a lovely trace formula in algebraic number theory and an algebra textbook published by Gunter Scheja and Uwe Storch in 1988.
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