Department Colloquia

Magnetized-Target Fusion at General Fusion

Speaker: 
Michel Laberge, General Fusion
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-11-05 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201

Radio Polarimetry and Cosmic Magnetism

Speaker: 
Bryan Gaensler, Toronto
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-10-29 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201

Understanding Inflation

Speaker: 
Matias Zaldariaga, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-10-22 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201

Building and Understanding Nano-materials

Speaker: 
Oussama Moutanabbir POLYTECHNIQUE MONTRÉAL
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-10-08 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201

The physics of virus self-assembly

Speaker: 
Vinnothan Manoharan, Harvard
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-10-01 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201

Thin-Film Alchemy: Using Strain and Dimensionality to Unleash the Hidden Properties of Oxides

Speaker: 
Darrell G. Schlom, Cornell
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-09-24 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201

Guided by theory, unparalleled properties—those of hidden ground states—are being unleashed by exploiting large strains in concert with the ability to precisely control dimensionality in epitaxial oxide heterostructures.  For example, materials that are not ferroelectric or ferromagnetic in their unstrained state can be transmuted into ferroelectrics, ferromagnets, or materials that are both at the same time.  Similarly, new tunable dielectrics with unparalleled performance have been created.  Results of fundamental scientific importance as well as revealing the tremendous potential of util

High Energy, High Hopes: Run 2 at ATLAS

Speaker: 
Prof. Sarah Demers, Yale
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-09-17 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
The ATLAS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider had a
successful Run 1 with proton-proton collisions at center-of-mass energy 7
TeV in 2011 and then 8 TeV in 2012.  In addition to the discovery of the
Higgs Boson, hundreds of analyses have been performed on this data to test
theories predicting physics beyond our current Standard Model.  This summer
we began taking data at center-of-mass energy 13 TeV, which we will
continue for the upcoming few years.

Quantum Space Time

Speaker: 
Bianca Dittrich, Perimeter Institute
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-03-12 15:30 - 16:30
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Robert Raussendorf and Bill Unruh
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate
Modern physics rests on two basic frameworks, quantum theory and general relativity. Quantum gravity aims to unify these two frameworks into one consistent theory. One can expect that such a formulation delivers in particular an understanding of space time as a quantum object. I will give an introduction to some basic concepts in quantum gravity research and possible models of quantum space time.

Structural controls on subduction zone slow earthquakes

Speaker: 
Pascal Audet, University of Ottawa
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-03-19 15:30 - 16:30
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Marcel Franz
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate
Recent discoveries of slow slip events that recur at intervals of <6 to >24 months (also called episodic tremor and slip, or ETS) on the subduction zone thrust fault have elucidated a down-dip transition in slip behavior from frictionally-controlled slip to continuous plastic creep. In this presentation I review seismic evidence for the role of fluids on the seismogenic behaviour of slow earthquakes.

What your mother….er….advisor never told you: The other things we need to learn (and teach)

Speaker: 
Doug Arion, Carthage College
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2015-02-26 15:30 - 16:30
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Robert Raussendorf
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate
Studying physics (or any other subject…) because you love it is great. There are many and diverse career paths available to those who study physics, and we ‘sell’ physics to prospective students based on this. Unfortunately, there are skills, knowledge, and attitudes that physics education, by itself, doesn’t typically provide to prepare students for the real world that they will enter – no matter what that career path may be.
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