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Physics Colloquia

Physics colloquia are normally held every Monday at 4 pm during the quarter (except holidays). Typically one speaker each quarter is nominated by the graduate students. Speakers are invited to meet with the Society of Physics Students at 12:30 for pizza on the day of the colloquium.

Physics Colloquia Archive

2017-2018 Colloquia

Date and Time Location Title/Speaker Abstract
Oct 2 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Superfluid Mixtures, Molecules, and Interferometry with ultracold atomic gases
Subhadeep Gupta, University of Washington
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Oct 9 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Nobel Prize 2017: Exploring the New Frontier of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Fred Raab, LIGO Hanford
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Oct 16 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 "The Great Collider in China" - A Future Accelerator to Study the Higgs Boson and to Explore Nature at the Energy Frontier
Xinchou Lou, Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing, China and UT Dallas
Abstract
Oct 23 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Neutron particles and neutron waves
Charles Clark, NIST, JQI
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Oct 30 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 The conformal bootstrap: magnets, boiling water, and quantum gravity
David Simmons-Duffin, Caltech
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Nov 6 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Why is scientific reasoning so hard, and what can we do about it?
Andrew Heckler, Ohio State University
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Nov 20 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Creation of the heavy elements seen in the light and gravitational waves of a neutron star merger
Daniel Kasen, UC Berkeley and LBNL
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Nov 27 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Scale-Invariant transport near quantum critical point in a cuprate superconductor
Arkady Shehter, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
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Dec 4 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Quantum information processing with trapped atomic ions
David Wineland, NIST, Boulder
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Jan 8 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 From quantum computation to quantum signal processing: the power of a single qubit
Isaac Chuang, MIT
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Jan 22 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Anisotropies in the flux of ultra-high energy cosmic rays
Edivaldo Moura Santos, University of Sao Paolo/Chicago
Abstract
Jan 29 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 The UW MRSEC: Molecular Engineering Materials Center
Daniel Gamelin, Xiaodong Xu, University of Washington
Abstract
Feb 5 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Magic State Distillation: Towards a Universal Quantum Computer
Matt Hastings, Microsoft Research
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Feb 12 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Physics and chemistry with diatomic molecules near absolute zero
Tanya Zelevinsky, Columbia University
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Feb 26 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Fractional quantum Hall effect as a window to new dualities in quantum field theory
Dam Thanh Son, University of Chicago
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Mar 5 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 What Stubs and Sparkles In Vast Vats of Liquid Will Tell Us About Exploding Stars
Kate Scholberg, Duke University
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Mar 26 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Tuning the degrees of freedom in 2D materials
Cory Dean, Columbia University
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Apr 2 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Fractionalizing the Hofstadter Butterfly: fractional Chern insulators in graphene superlattices
Michael Zaletel, Princeton University
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Apr 9 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE): Learning physics by practicing it
Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers
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Apr 16 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Dualities in Quantum Hall Physics
Andreas Karch, University of Washington
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Apr 23 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Floquet quantum states: topological transitions, steady states, and surprising implications
Gil Refael, Caltech
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Apr 30 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 A new approach to simulating the Universe
Andrew Pontzen (Jacobsohn Memorial Lecturer), University College London
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May 7 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Watching mutations and evolutionary dynamics in live cells and in real time
Thomas E. Kulman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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May 14 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Probing the Dark Universe with Galaxy Surveys
Risa Wechsler, Stanford University
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May 21 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm PAA A-102 Color and shape: Control and measurement of single-photon pulses
Brian J. Smith, University of Oregon and University of Oxford
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