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M7.2 Peru earthquake, 14th January 2018

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred on the 14th January 2018 at 09:18:46 UTC near the southern coast of Peru. For more details please see this post on the INSN homepage.

Quantum Physics: Fields, Particles & Information Geometry

Quantum Physics: Fields, Particles & Information Geometry is organised by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies In honour of A. P. Balachandran on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

It will be held at 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4 from Monday 22nd until Friday 26th of January 2018.

View the conference website here.

M7.6 Honduras earthquake, 10th January 2018

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurred on the 10th January 2018 at 02:51:32 UTC north of Honduras. For more details please see

this post on the INSN homepage.

Photos from DIAS School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2017 (15th December 2017)

Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla (Goethe University of Frankfurt)

“The Physics and Astrophysics of Merging Neutron-Star Binaries” by Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla (Goethe University of Frankfurt)

Abstract and Press Release

Watch the lecture here (Slides for the lecture)

l-r : Dr Eucharia Meehan (DIAS Registrar and CEO), Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla , Professor Werner Nahm (Senior Professor and Director of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS)

11th December 2017 : Press Release on School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture 2017

PRESS NOTICE

Monday, 11th December 2017

Prominent astrophysicist visits Ireland for talk on merging neutron-stars and gravitational waves

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) School of Cosmic Physics will host a special event this Friday (15.12.17) with visiting astrophysics expert, Professor Luciano Rezzolla.

The lecture entitled: “The Physics and Astrophysics of Merging Neutron-Star Binaries” will take place at the Edmund Burke Theatre (Room 1008), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin from 6pm to 7pm.

Earlier this year, three DIAS scientists participated in the break-through discovery of gravitational waves from the merging of two neutron stars. Professor Rezzolla’s talk will explore the theory of gravity, neutron stars in binary systems, and the process made in modelling these systems.

The event is free to attend, and you can register now at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-physics-and-astrophysics-of-merging-neutron-star-binaries-tickets-39189101658

ENDS

Further information, contact: Eva Dowling / Martina Quinn, Alice PR & Events. Tel: 083-1496045 / 087-6522033, email: media@alicepr.com

 

Notes to Editor

About DIAS

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is a statutory corporation established in 1940 under the Institute for Advanced Studies Act of that year. It is a publicly-funded independent centre for research in basic disciplines. DIAS has three constituent schools: The School of Celtic Studies, The School of Theoretical Physics, The School of Cosmic Physics.

 

About Professor Luciano Rezzolla

Professor Rezzolla is Chair of Theoretical (Relativistic) Astrophysics and Director at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) of the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. He is also Senior Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies (FIAS).

Post-Doctoral Position in applied electromagnetics and shallow geophysical imaging

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) invites applications for one Post-Doctoral Researcher position. The aim of this position is to add a ground-based Electro-Magnetic (EM) data generation, and interpretation capability to iCRAG. The research performed by the applicant will be relevant to several key research areas covered within iCRAG, such as mineral exploration (e.g., Pb-Zn deposits), groundwater resources (e.g., karst) and potentially geo-hazards (e.g. karst-related flooding or landslides). This research will not only be supportive to existing iCRAG research lines, but the challenging character of the targets will give the candidate the possibility to undertake research on a wide range of experimental and theoretical topics.

Please read full description of this vacancy HERE.

2017-12-5 – Seminar by Martin Möllhoff (DIAS)

5 December 2017Seminar

When: 16:00 on Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Where: DIAS, Geophysics Section, 5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, (library)

Speaker: Martin Möllhoff (DIAS, Dublin, Ireland)
Title: New Developments at the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN).

www.insn.ie
www.dias.ie/geophysics

Thirty-fifth Hugh M Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography in association with DIAS

The Thirty-fifth Hugh M. Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography took place at DIAS on Tuesday 28th November. The lecture entitled “De Valera and the creation of an independent Irish constitutional tradition” was given by Dr Martin Mansergh. The lecture was chaired by Síle de Valera, former Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. An abstract of the lecture and a biography of Dr Mansergh are given below. Watch the lecture here.

Hugh M Fitzpatrick, the lecture series and founder, pictured with Dr Eucharia Meehan (DIAS Registrar & CEO), Dr Martin Mansergh and Síle de Valera

Dr Eucharia Meehan welcomes the audience.

The lecture entitled “De Valera and the creation of an independent Irish constitutional tradition” was chaired by Síle de Valera, former Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands

 

ABSTRACT

De Valera and the Creation of an Independent Irish Constitutional Tradition

As a member of Cumann na mBan, who was in the GPO, said in an interview afterwards, the purpose of the Rising was to create a national life of our own. The essence of this is expressed in Article 1 of Bunreacht na hÉireann, which is a comprehensive statement of political, economic and cultural national self-determination.

The roots of constitutional and democratic politics in Ireland lie in the mass movements of O’ Connell and Parnell. The concept of national self-determination goes back to 1790 and a lawyer in the French National Assembly Merlin de Douai. From the late 18th century, the most advanced vision was to create a national democracy in the form of a republic following the American and French models, but borrowing heavily from British legal, parliamentary, and administrative traditions, all of which would be suffused by Gaelic and Catholic values.

Many people contributed to the creation and subsequent development of the Irish State, now celebrating nearly a century of existence. De Valera not only helped to bring it into being as political leader of the independence struggle, but contributed decisively, after the misstep of the civil war, to the consolidation of democracy. He wanted above all for independent Ireland to be rooted in institutions with their own legitimacy, and not in a concession by Treaty or British Act of Parliament. In many respects, he was able to build on the work of his predecessors, with the continuity and progression as much as the break being more evident today.

Speaker

Dr Martin Mansergh is Vice-Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. Between 2002 and 2011, he was a Fianna Fáil Senator, then TD (for Tipperary South), and Minister of State for OPW, Finance and the Arts. He was a member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Body, and President McAleese’s second Council of State. Former diplomat, then political advisor to Charles Haughey, Albert Reynolds, and Bertie Ahern, he was a back-channel to the Republican Movement, and, between 1992 and the 1994 IRA ceasefire, interlocutor with Martin McGuinness. He helped negotiate the Downing Street Declaration and the Good Friday Agreement. He is author of The Legacy of History, and co-winner of the 1994 Tipperary Peace Prize with Fr Alec Reid and Rev Roy Magee. Kevin Rafter published his biography in 2002.  He has been a columnist with the Sunday Business Post, the Irish Times, and the Irish Catholic.  He is a governor of Carlow College, and a board member of History Ireland.  Son of historian Nicholas Mansergh, he obtained a first-class Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree and a D Phil at Oxford, having attended King’s School Canterbury. He was recently conferred with a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the NUI.

Tuesday 5th December: STP Seminar – “An M5-Brane Model”

Title: An M5-Brane Model

Speaker: Christian Sämann (Heriot-Watt University)

Abstract: We show how to write an action for a classical six-dimensional superconfomal field theory containing a non-abelian tensor multiplet. All of the ingredients of this action have been available in the literature. We bring these pieces together by choosing the String Lie 2-algebra as a gauge structure which we motivate in some detail. The kinematical data contain a connection on a categorified principal bundle, which is the appropriate mathematical description of the parallel transport of self-dual strings. Our action can be written down for each of the simply laced Dynkin diagrams, and each case reduces to a four-dimensional supersymmetric Yang–Mills theory with corresponding gauge Lie algebra. Our action also reduces nicely to an M2-brane model which is a deformation of the ABJM model.

Time: Tuesday 5th December 2017, 2.30pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Thursday 30th November: STP Seminar – “Commuting Matrices, MacDonald Identities & Supersymmetric Gauge Theory”

Title: Commuting Matrices, MacDonald Identities & Supersymmetric Gauge Theory

Speaker: Giovanni Felder (ETH Zurich)

Abstract: I will introduce the notion of representation homology, following Berest, Khatchatrian and Ramadoss, and discuss some examples, applications and open problems about pairs of commuting matrices, generalizations of Macdonald constant term identitites and the Nekrasov partition function of N=2 supersymmetric gauge theory. The talk is based on joint work with Y. Berest, M. Müller-Lennert, S. Patotski, A. Ramadoss and T. Willwacher.

Time: Thursday 30th November 2017, 2.30pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.