Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

May Meeting

May 16th, 2017. (Always on the 3rd Tuesdays of the odd-numbered months.)


8:00 PM: A Guided Tour Into the Quantum World, Part 5

Sadly, this is the final presentation by Dr. Fornal.It’s been an exciting ride. In this final presentation of the series he plans to speak on goals and plans for the upgraded Large Hadron Collider, as it operates at higher energy levels, will give a glimpse of investigations into strange inadequately explored and understood reaches of QM. Don’t miss it!

We have been fortunate to have Dr.Bartosz Fornal to share with us his unusually lucid explanations of what's happening in the little-understood quantum world in which we have come into a very precise grasp of "what" but total bafflement over "why?" And we are deeply indebted for his generous commute from UCSD for all 5 lectures. We'll miss you, Bart. Thank you from the bottom of our collective heart.

About the speaker

Bartosz Fornal, Ph.D. is a postdoc in theoretical elementary particle physics at the University of California, San Diego (sorry, girls … his wife is a postdoc in molecular biology at UCSD, their son’s in preschool.) Bart received his Ph.D. in physics from Caltech in 2014 followed by a two-year appointment as postdoc at UCI. His main area of research is physics beyond the Standard Model, mainly related to the Large Hadron Collider, dark matter and generation of matter/anti-matter asymmetry. He is particularly interested in baryon and lepton-number violation, since this may provide clues on how the universe as we see it came into existence. His goal is to build and analyze theoretical models to make predictions for upcoming experiments, with particular interest in theories that can be tested “within our lifetime” because the real beauty of physics is in the experimental verification.

Social ½ Hour:

6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.


7:00 PM – Reservation required. New York Salad sliced New York sirloin, California avocados, sliced red onion, beefsteak tomato, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese cabernet wine vinaigrette, soup of the day, warm dinner rolls with creamery butter, chef’s choice desert, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, as well as both iced and hot tea. Vegetarian option available. Full bar service.

[Include your dinner preference (regular or vegetarian) with your check/reservation.]


Note the updated attendance and contact info, and the new dinner price.
Be sure to RSVP ASAP to ensure getting a seat!

Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter), which must be received by Friday, May 12th, to

Dr. Peter Kurzhals
16944 Kawai Court.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2612

Paid-up members and their guests, $30; $35 for all others; $5 more if you pay at the door. There is no charge for attending the lecture only but please RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Dinner with no RSVP is $10 more and the entrée is whatever is available.

(Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!)

There is no charge for attending the lecture only but

   (1) you won’t be admitted to the meeting room before 7:45, and

   (2) you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Map and Directions

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

In the parking lot, drive up to the front door. There will be no charge if you tell the valet parking attendants that you're going to the Sigma Xi meeting. Arrive early, as the parking lot sometimes fills up quickly.