CAP Medal talks by professors Charles Gale and Daryl Haggard

Friday, January 27, 2023 11:00toMonday, January 30, 2023 14:00

McGill’s Department of Physics professors Charles Gale and Daryl Haggard received medals from the Canadian Association of Physics (CAP) last December.

The 2022 CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics is awarded to Gale in recognition of his profound contributions as a world leader in high-energy nuclear science, and in the physics of strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions of temperature and density. The 2022 CAP Herzberg Medal is awarded to Daryl Haggard, in recognition of her leadership role in the development of multimessenger astronomy, and the ground-breaking discovery of the electromagnetic signal accompanying gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars. Read the full article on their awards on The Reporter website.

Both will be giving virtual talks for the CAP this January.

Charles Gale, "Exploring excited nuclear matter and characterizing the quark-gluon plasma"

Friday, January 27, 11:30-12:15

"Experiments involving the high-energy collision of nuclei have revealed the existence of an exotic phase of strongly interacting matter: the quark-gluon plasma. Those studies have entered a characterization phase that probes the underlying theory – Quantum ChromoDynamics (QCD) – in regions far out of equilibrium. We discuss the probes and the theory that enable us to learn about the behaviour of the quark-gluon plasma, its theoretical modeling, and what we can learn about QCD under extreme conditions of temperature and energy density. The probes include QCD jets, real and virtual photons, and final state hadrons. We show how recent progress in the field is achieved through a large data-driven program using  Bayesian techniques."

Zoom link: https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/

Daryl Harrard, "An Exciting New Era of Gravitational Wave and Multi-messenger Astrophysics"

Monday, January 30, 11:45-12:30

"How do black holes and neutron stars interact? What happens when they collide? New discoveries from gravitational wave and electromagnetic observatories are revolutionizing this field and starting to answer these fundamental questions. In this talk I will describe how my McGill team and I search for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave emitters and deploy innovative software to rapidly classify alerts and perform spectral analysis on newly discovered kilonovae. I will also discuss our efforts to grow the Canadian multi-messenger community and cement our role as an international leader in this exciting new field."

Zoom link: https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/

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