Topic: Strange Nucleus
Speaker: Professor Chhanda Samanta, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 1:00 PM
Place: Room 140 VMC (Chambers Hall)
Nature sometimes makes some “strange” particles which are very unstable. These strange particles can join hands with neutrons ad protons, and form a “strange”-nucleus. The first strange nucleus was discovered in cosmic ray collision more than 50 years ago. Yet, so far we know very little about such nuclei. Can they be produced in the laboratory? Are they of any use? Is there any mathematical formulathat can predict the mass of such strange nuclei? Answers to these questions will be given in pedagogical talk.
Professor Chhanda Samanta, a Nuclear Physicist, is currently a Visiting Professor at the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and an Affiliated Professor of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Untill 2011, she was a "Senior Professor" at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, in Kolkata, India. Professor Samanta has worked at University of Richmond, Virginia; Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; Osaka University, Japan as a visting professor, and at Goddard Space Center, NASA, as a research assistant. She has published more than 100 scientific articles in international journals/books/conference proceedings, and guided over 20 graduate studnents including 6 Ph.Ds. She is also an editorial member of two international journal. Dr. Samanta received her Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from University of Maryland, in 1981. She has obtained her M.S. and B.S. from University of Calcutta, INDIA, in 1971 and 1969, respectively.
Refreshments will be served at 12:45 PM