Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124 (FAX): (865) 574-1268
Tests of fundamental symmetries in nuclei can provide important insights
into the nature of the strong and electroweak interactions. The interpretation of such tests, however, requires that one have a sufficient understanding of the nucleons and nuclei that provide the "laboratories" in which such tests are performed. I discuss how using the ideas of effective field theory (EFT) may help us more clearly interpret the results of such tests. In particular, I apply these ideas to the study of parity-violation in electron-proton scattering, parity-violation in the NN interaction, and the search for neutrinoless double beta-decay.