Prisoners of The Sun: Total Solar Eclipses, Neutrinos and More

Date(s) - Saturday, March 23, 2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

TI Auditorium, ECS South Building, UT Dallas

IITNT Speaker Series


Zachary Williams, Ph. D.

Did you know? The prediction of neutrinos and the physics of solar fusion are two of the most successful predictions of theoretical physics?

Attend our special pre-Eclipse Event to learn more. We will discuss the mechanics of solar eclipses and delve deeper into the intricate physics of the Sun alongside an exploration into the enigmatic world of neutrinos.

Date: Saturday March 23rd, 2024

Venue: TI Auditorium, ECS South Building, UT Dallas

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Speaker: Zachary Williams, Ph.D. in Neutrino Physics

The talk will be followed by a brief discussion on solar eclipse viewing strategy and basic safety. Also see a short film clip on what to expect and observe during the total solar eclipse. For interested attendees, there will be an outdoor demo/ practice session on solar photography.

**There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Participants will need to bring their own photography equipment including solar filters and eclipse glasses if they want to participate in post-event demo.


Zachary Williams


Zachary has research experience in particle physics working with liquid argon time projection chambers (LArTPCs) to study neutrino interactions. Zachary led the installation and commissioning, as the working group leader, of the Drift High Voltage (HV) subsystem of the ICARUS experiment at Fermilab. Zachary has worked with many types of photodetectors during his graduate studies, and also published a paper looking at the solubility of a common wavelength shifting coating used on PMTs in LArTPC detectors. In his advisor’s lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, Zachary helped build a liquid argon purification system. Zachary’s dissertation topic was a cross section measurement of neutrino induced charged-current coherent pion production on argon with the MicroBooNE detector at Fermilab. Zachary was also fortunate to be able to serve as an officer in the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association (FSPA) while working on his research analysis at Fermilab.


Zachary graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in 2015, majoring in physics. He then received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2022.

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Registrations are closed for this event.

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