June 15 – July 21 Schedule

IPP Townhall meetings:

Tues. July 21, 11h30-16h30 EDT each day


IPP Townhall meetings:

July 15, 11h30-16h30 EDT 

July 16, 11h30-16h30 EDT

Virtual Best Student Oral Competition Awards Session 

Thursday, July 9th @ 12h30-13h00 EDT

DCMMP 2020 Business Meeting:

Tues. June 30, 14h00-16h00 EDT



Convener:            Michel Gingras, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, U. of. Waterloo.

14h00 – 14h45 DCMMP Invited Speaker: Prof. Jeff Rau – University of Windsor

Non-Hermitian topology of spontaneous magnon decay in long-range ordered magnets”

 *View abstract below

14h45 – 14h50 Health Break
14h50 – 16h00 DCMMP Business Meeting:

Review finance statement of DCMMP

Discuss if need to increase membership

CAP 2021 Congress:

  • Discuss “venue” (most likely, online)
  • Discuss “content” (plenary, invited speaker, symposium, contributed, student competition)
  • In the context of symposium/symposia: discuss “hard” CMP and “soft” CMP symposia.

“Soft Matter Canada”:

  • For consultation/information at this time: is there incentive/interest/merit split DCMMP such that two it would have two “sub-divisions”: “hard” and “soft”. Discuss relevance, or not to biophysics.
  • Discuss DCMMP Chair, vice-chair, etc for 2020/2021. Discuss in context of “aborted 2020 in-person context”.

Other businesses arising

Adjourn by ~4:00PM


Recently, magnon excitations have been explored as a potential route to realizing analogues of the topological band structures that have become ubiquitous in electronic systems.  However, magnons are not necessarily stable quasi-particles, with spontaneous magnon decay a generic feature of anisotropic magnets, or magnets with non-colinear order. In this talk I will show how, instead of being a detriment, decay can drive the appearance new kinds of intrinsically non-Hermitian topological physics. This can lead to new kinds of spectral features, such as exceptional points or lines and bulk “arcs” connecting them. I will illustrate this physics through a concrete example: a honeycomb ferromagnet with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya exchange, comparing interacting spin-wave calculations with an effective non-Hermitian model. Finally, I discuss more broadly how the zoo of known topological protected magnon band structures may serve as a nearly ideal platform for realizing non-Hermitian physics in solid-state systems.

CAP Best Student Oral Competition Finals:

Thurs. June 25, 13h00-16h00 EDT


Time Slot Name and Affiliation of Student
13h00-13h05 Welcome and Introduction
Robert Thompson, Chief Judge
13h05 – 13h20 Aaron Bondy – University of Windsor

“Double atomic electron emission following the beta decay of He-6”

13h23 – 13h38 Daniel Durnford – University of Alberta

“The NEWS-G light Dark Matter search experiment: New results from the LSM”

13h41 – 13h56 Taylor Gray – Carleton University

“How was Dark Matter produced in the early universe? A Study of  fermionic Dark Matter with a Z’ portal”

14h00 – 14h15 Lilianna Hariasz – Queen’s University

“A Measurement of Zinc-65 Using Data from the KDK Experiment”

14h18 – 14h32 Alex Inayeh – Queen’s University

“Molecular-level study of N-heterocyclic carbenes for biosensing: orientation and self-assembly”

14h32 – 14h42 Stretch / Health Break
14h42 – 14h57 Sylvia Luyben – University of Guelph

“Polyelectrolyte dynamical self-consistent field theory”

15h00 – 15h15 Rouzbeh Moderresi Yazdi – McGill University

“Direct Photons From Jets in Quark Gluon Plasma”

15h18 – 15h33 Claire Park – Robarts Research Institute / University of Western Ontario

“A novel technique for breast lesion targeting under ultrasound-guidance and positron emission mammography localization”

15h36 – 15h51 Erickson Tjoa – University of Waterloo

“Relativistic Causality and Vacuum Entanglement Harvesting with a Zero Mode”

15h51 – 15h57 Thank you and information on timing of winner announcements


CINP Townhall meetings:
Mon. June 22 – Tues. June 23, 11h30-16h30 EDT each day


CEWIP (Committee to Encourage Women in Physics) Virtual Session :
Tues, June 23, 14h30-16h30 EDT

View presentation deck here.


Session Schedule:

14h30-14h35 EDT :  Meet and Greet
14h35-14h55 EDT :  Invited Talk by Dr. Megan Frederickson (see details below)
14h55-15h20 EDT :  Group discussion:  “Impact of COVID19 on work-life balance, particularly for women and gender minorities”.   Moderator:  Dr. Megan Frederickson
15h20-16h30 EDT :  CEWIP Business Meeting

Invited Talk (14h35-14h55)

Dr. Megan Frederickson, Associate Professor,
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
& Radcliffe Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women in STEM

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched everyone’s lives, but it has not affected everyone equally. Madonna called COVID-19 “the great equalizer,” but she was wrong: the risk and severity of the disease itself, and the pandemic’s economic and social impacts, vary with age, income, race, and gender. The pandemic has laid bare and often worsened many pre-existing inequalities in our world. One issue of longstanding concern is gender equality, and I will discuss why the pandemic has the potential to worsen gender gaps in STEM fields. Data from several sources, including my own preliminary analysis of preprint submissions to arXiv and bioRxiv broken down by gender, suggest that women are getting less research done than men during the pandemic. I will explore several possible explanations for this trend, including an increased child care burden, and lead the group in a discussion of possible solutions.

CINP Townhall meetings

Mon. June 22 – Tues. June 23, 11h30-16h30 EDT each day

DPE (Division of Physics Education) – Meet and Greet, Annual Business Meeting, and Workshops and Discussions about online teaching and learning:

Mon, June 15, 12h30-16h00 EDT

Session Schedule:

12h30-13h00 EDT :  Meet and Greet
13h00-14h00 EDT :  DPE Annual Business Meeting
14h00-16h00 EDT :  Discussions about online teaching and learning

The two hour session is intended to generate a lively discussion of various aspects of online teaching and learning.  The DPE Executive have planned for about 30 minutes each for

  • General course design and how to get students engaged
  • Assessment options and how to avoid cheating
  • Labs for lower level and upper level courses – how to achieve the various learning goals
  • TAs – what do they struggle with, and how do you support them?

For all topics, the organizers are looking for a few people who are interested in sharing their favorite idea, or most spectacular failure (which may be the same) – in 3 minutes or less.  If you would like to contribute, please contact the DPE Chair, Dr. Daria Ahrensmeier (daria_ahrensmeier@sfu.ca).