Particle / Astrophysics Seminar 2016/2017

General information

Each class starts with a student giving a seminar with a duration of 30 min. Following the presentation, the other students in the class will ask questions and give feedback on the style and contents of the presentation. The instructors may also provide comments. At the end the student is awarded a pass/fail grade.

When preparing your presentation, keep the background of your audience in mind. Make sure you include enough background material that the talk is understandable to your fellow physics/astro master students, who may have a background very different from your own!

The instructors can be consulted for suggestions regarding the topics, but it is your own responsibility to make sure your have chosen a topic in time to get the presentation ready for the assigned slot. If you are not ready in time, this will count as a failed attempt.

The schedule for the presentations is given below. As a general rule, all students following the seminar course are expected to be present during all presentations. If it is absolutely impossible for you to give your presentation in the assigned slot (for example due to a conference trip, etc.) then please find someone to swap with and inform the instructors (S. Larsen and C. Timmermans) as soon as possible so that we can update the schedule.

The slides shown at the introductory meeting are available as a PDF file


The requirements for passing the course are (1) giving a presentation and getting the grade "pass" (2) attending the presentations of the other students. We will keep a record of attendance. It is important that all students register for the course in Osiris and sign up for the exam by the usual deadline.


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Time and place

In the 2016/2017 academic year, the particle/astrophysics seminar will take place on Wednesdays at 10:45. We will usually have two presentations each time.


Particle/Astrophysics Seminar schedule spring 2017
Date Speaker(s) Title Room
15.02.2017 Sjoerd Ypma
Jonas Wuerzinger
The signature of a white hole
Summary of the ATLAS experiments sensitivity to supersymmetry after LHC Run 1
HG 00.071
08.03.2017 Sjors Heefer
Danielle Pieterse
Loop Quantum Cosmology Gravitational Baryogenesis
The Lifecycle and Composition of Interstellar Dust
HG 00.071
22.03.2017 Daan Janssen
Godwin Komla Krampah
Shape Dynamics, an alternative to General Relativity
Evidence for a mixed mass composition at the ankle in the cosmic ray spectrum
HG 00.071
12.04.2017 Berend Visser
Levi Sleegers
The spectral model of particle physics
Polarized fusion in a Tokamak reactor
HG 00.062
19.04.2017 Joep Leenaarts
Ivo Maatman
The hierarchy problem and possible solutions
Pulsars as Probes of Fundamental Physics
HG 00.062
03.05.2017 Arthur Vereijken
Ilse Plaisier
Asymptotic Safety & Cosmology
Cosmic rays from the Ankle to the Cut-off
HG 00.062
10.05.2017 Robin Ooijer
Bob Jacobs
The Problem of Time in String Theory
Using machine learning for discovery in synoptic survey imaging data
HG 00.062
24.05.2017 Camiel Pieterse
Roeland Wiersema
Dark matter and spin-1 milli-charged particles
Machine learning in High Energy Physics
HG 00.062
31.05.2017 Eric Buitinck (cancelled)
Andras Dorozsmai
Gravitational Wave Detection with Pulsar Timing Arrays
HG 00.062
14.06.2017 Thomas Wijte A Rotation Measure Image of the Sky HG 00.062

Last update: 23 Jan 2017