Brandon University hosts theoretical physics symposium

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Students from Manitoba’s three universities presented some of their latest research on campus as Brandon University hosted the Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics Summer Symposium yesterday.

At the daylong event, physics and math students presented work on magnetic monopoles, quantum state transfer, holographic superconductors, divergent integrals in quantum field theory, hypercubes, black holes and black hole firewall boundaries.

“This is a fairly informal summer event, providing a friendly opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase the important and novel research that they have been working on over the summer,” said BU’s Dr. Sarah Plosker, an Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “Preparing and delivering short oral presentations are important research skills of their own, and this symposium is also an opportunity for all of us to catch up on the research ourselves.”

The Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics is a consortium of all the theoretical physicists within the province, encouraging collaboration between members, and providing financial support for workshops, speakers and research collaboration in Canada and internationally. The annual Summer Symposium provides a venue for students who are working with Institute members to share their ongoing research and to celebrate the work accomplished over the summer. Faculty and students from all three institutions attended, with student presentations from the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Brandon University on the program.

“Brandon University students are doing world-class research every day, and events like today’s prove they can easily hold their own against students from anywhere,” said BU Dean of Science Dr. Bernadette Ardelli. “The knowledge and insight presented today from all three institutions was really inspiring. It is thrilling that we have such keen minds here in Manitoba.”

Among the seven presentations were two from BU. Darian McLaren presented a technique using graph theory to induce quantum state transfer. And Christopher Phillips presented a method to renormalize divergent integrals in some strongly interacting systems.

Brandon University last hosted the symposium in 2014.


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