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Talk with Nobel laureate Dr. Art McDonald

Friday, June 9, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Biosciences Complex
Room: 1101
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"SNO, SNOLAB and High Performance Computing"

Art McDonald, O. Ont, O. N.S., FRS, P. Eng, is a native of Sydney, N.S. Canada. He has degrees in physics from Dalhousie University (BSc, MSc) and Caltech (PhD) and nine honorary degrees. From 1969-1982 he was a Research Officer at AECL Chalk River Laboratories; 1982-1989, Professor at Princeton University; 1989-2013 Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 2006-2013 Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics and 2013 became Professor Emeritus. Since 1989 he has been Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Scientific Collaboration. Among many awards, he is co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with the SNO Collaboration. He continues to be active in basic research in Neutrinos and Dark Matter at the SNOLAB underground laboratory. 

Abstract: High Performance Computing has been an important part of the experimental work 2 km underground at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and the SNOLAB Underground Research Laboratory. Large-scale experiments have used the ultra-low radioactivity environment to detect neutrinos from the sun and to pursue observations of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS) thought to be a possibility for the Dark Matter making up about 26% of our Universe. Descriptions will be given of some of these projects and the roles that High Performance Computing has played in detector simulation and data analysis.

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