The Extended Press-Schechter Formalism

I gave a talk at the UM HET journal club on the Extended Press-Schechter formalism, which describes the number density distribution of halos (galaxy clusters) in ΛCDM. It starts from basic cosmology but assumes some results from inflationary theory without demonstration. The Press-Schechter formalism was a mildly accurate formalism with some problems; these problems are resolved …

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The Higgs Mechanism

I gave a presentation in PHYS 510 Statistical Mechanics on the phase transition aspects of the Higgs Mechanism. It’s at a pretty basic level and anyone with a bit of quantum field theory knowledge should be able to follow. The slides are here.