Past Department Colloquia

Thu, 2015-11-05 16:00 - 17:00
Michel Laberge, General Fusion
Thu, 2015-10-29 16:00 - 17:00
Bryan Gaensler, Toronto
Thu, 2015-10-22 16:00 - 17:00
Matias Zaldariaga, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study
Thu, 2015-10-15 16:00 - 17:00
Mark Van Raamsdonk
Thu, 2015-10-08 16:00 - 17:00
Oussama Moutanabbir POLYTECHNIQUE MONTRÉAL
Thu, 2015-10-01 16:00 - 17:00
Vinnothan Manoharan, Harvard
Thu, 2015-09-24 16:00 - 17:00
Darrell G. Schlom, Cornell

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

Thu, 2015-09-17 16:00 - 17:00
Prof. Sarah Demers, Yale
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.
Thu, 2015-03-19 15:30 - 16:30
Pascal Audet, University of Ottawa
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.
Thu, 2015-03-12 15:30 - 16:30
Bianca Dittrich, Perimeter Institute
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.
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