Events list for the academic year starting September, 2017

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Prof. Lord Martin Rees
Fri, 2017-09-01 19:00 - 21:30
Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics Seminars
Hebb Main Lecture Theatre - 2045 East Mall, UBC
In the year 2017, unmanned spacecraft have visited all the planets of our Solar System, and even some of their moons,...
Sander Otte, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology
Tue, 2017-09-05 10:00 - 11:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
The magnetic and electronic properties of materials often find their origin in basic atomic- scale interactions. Yet,...
ANDREW JAMES MACDONALD
Tue, 2017-09-05 13:30 - 15:30
Grad Theses
Room 311, Brimacombe Building (AMPEL)
Abstract: At the atomic scale, surfaces exhibit a rich variety of physical phenomena that can be probed using a...
Dr. Udai Raj Singh, Institute for Nanostructure and Solid State Physics, University of Hamburg
Thu, 2017-09-07 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
Several years after the discovery of iron-based superconductors, the 11 iron-chalcogenide superconductors have been...
Michael Gericke (U Manitoba)
Thu, 2017-09-07 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUMF Auditorium
The QWeak collaboration completed a two year long, high precision measurement of the parity violating asymmetry in...
Josh Folk (UBC)
Thu, 2017-09-07 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
The success of graphene research over the past decade has demonstrated the power of transistor-type measurements in 2D...
Jessica Werk (University of Washington)
Mon, 2017-09-11 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
The circumgalactic medium (CGM; non-ISM gas within a galaxy virial radius) regulates the gas flows that shape the...
Babette Dobrich (CERN)
Thu, 2017-09-14 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUM Auditorium
Fixed target experiments are a particularly useful tool in the search of very weakly coupled particles in the MeV-GeV...
Ian Affleck, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, UBC
Thu, 2017-09-14 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
Majorana fermions, whose creation operators are Hermitean, have been proposed and apparently observed in various...
Stephanie Simmons (SFU)
Thu, 2017-09-14 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Silicon transistors, the essential building block of most modern electronic devices, cannot shrink much further without...
Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson
Sun, 2017-09-17 19:00 - 20:30
Department Colloquia
Hebb Theatre
Jorge Cham, the creator of “Piled Higher and Deeper”, and his collaborator physicist Daniel Whiteson, will discuss “PhD...
Dan Werthimer (Berkeley)
Mon, 2017-09-18 15:00 - 16:00
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
What is the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe? Can we detect radio, infrared, or visible light...
John H. Page, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba
Thu, 2017-09-21 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
Waves in complex media are often strongly scattered due to mesoscopic heterogeneities, leading to unusual and...
Dan Schwartz (Stanford)
Thu, 2017-09-21 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
To be successful, active learning depends on good tasks.  "Inventing" tasks ask students to find and explain patterns...
HIDEKI TANIMURA
Fri, 2017-09-22 12:30 - 14:30
Grad Theses
Room 318, Hennings Building
Abstract: The Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) effect is a spectral distortion in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), due to...
Yashar Hezaveh (Stanford)
Mon, 2017-09-25 15:00 - 16:00
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Strong gravitational lensing provides a unique opportunity to investigate many subjects, including the distribution of...
David Curtin (U Maryland/U Toronto)
Thu, 2017-09-28 11:00 - 12:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUM Auditorium
After briefly reviewing the Standard Model of particle physics, I explain why the fundamental reasons to expect New...
Pedro Lopes, Universite de Sherbrooke
Thu, 2017-09-28 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
Hennings 318
The past decade developments of condensed matter physics research have put a great weight in the importance of...
ELLEN SCHELEW
Thu, 2017-09-28 14:00 - 16:00
Grad Theses
Room 311, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL)
Abstract: Optical and opto-electronic components play important roles in both classical and quantum information...
Guy Wormser (LAL, Orsay)
Thu, 2017-09-28 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
The Standard Model of particle physics, one of the most remarkable theoretical construction of the XX century, has a...
Yancy Shirley (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona)
Mon, 2017-10-02 15:00 - 16:00
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Recent surveys of the dust continuum emission in the Milky Way Galaxy have revealed tens of thousands of cold, dense...
Natalia Chepiga, University of California at Irvine
Thu, 2017-10-05 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
We will show that the effective coupling between the spin-1/2 edge states of a spin-1 chain of finite length can be...
Ben Radford (skeptic)
Thu, 2017-10-05 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Many people believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof, from astrology to psychics (and...
Mon, 2017-10-09 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Matthias Troyer
Wed, 2017-10-11 19:30 - 21:00
Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics Seminars
St. John's College - Fairmont Lounge / 2111 Lower Mall (UBC)
A century after the development of quantum mechanics we are only coming to terms with the weird laws governing our...
Matthias Troyer, Quantum Architectures and Computation Group, Microsoft Research
Thu, 2017-10-12 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
Following experimental realizations of small but scalable quantum computers we may soon see the first quantum computers...
Philipp Schmidt-Wellenburg (PSI)
Thu, 2017-10-12 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUMF Auditorium
Why is there so much matter and even more dark matter and so little anti-matter observed in our Universe? One...
David Spergel (Princeton/CCA)
Thu, 2017-10-12 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
In 2025, NASA (hopefully with CSA as a partner) plans to launch WFIRST, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. ...
MARCO MARCHETTO
Fri, 2017-10-13 09:00 - 11:00
Grad Theses
Room 200, Graduate Student Centre
Abstract: Rare isotopes are the new frontier for fundamental studies in nuclear physics but also for medical...
AMANDA PARKER
Fri, 2017-10-13 10:00 - 12:00
Grad Theses
Room 288, Brimacombe extension
Abstract: We study triblock copolymer materials which form thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). These materials form...
Hannah Jang-Condell (University of Wyoming)
Mon, 2017-10-16 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Exoplanets have been discovered in orbits as close as 0.05 AU, and as distant as hundreds of AU. Hence, exoplanets are...
Fabio Boschini, SBQMI, UBC
Thu, 2017-10-19 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
One of the most fascinating properties of low-density condensates is the emergence of phase transitions driven solely...
Rinaldo Rui (INFN Trieste)
Thu, 2017-10-19 15:00 - 16:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUMF Auditorium
(Grant Sheffer Lecture) Coming from Trieste, a small town in Italy, a bunch of then young physicists started a long...
Martin Barlow (UBC Mathematics)
Thu, 2017-10-19 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
A random walk on a graph G has anomalous diffusion if the mean square deviation after n steps is sublinear in n....
Karin Sandstrom (UC San Diego)
Mon, 2017-10-23 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
DIFFERENT ROOM: Hennings 301
Dust plays critical roles in many of the processes occurring in the interstellar medium and dust’s infrared emission...
Paul Percival (SFU)
Thu, 2017-10-26 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUMF Auditorium
Muonium is the exotic atom comprised of a single-electron and a positive muon as nucleus. From the chemical point of...
Igor Herbut, Simon Fraser University
Thu, 2017-10-26 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
Abrikosov proposed in 1974 that a 3D electronic system with its fermi level at the point of quadratic band crossing,...
Levon Pogosian (SFU)
Thu, 2017-10-26 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
While cosmic acceleration is well-established, the nature of Dark Energy causing it remains unknown. A flat universe...
Charli Sakari (University of Washington)
Mon, 2017-10-30 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
A universal understanding of galaxy formation requires observations of galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Although...
Mark Kasevich (Stanford)
Thu, 2017-11-02 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUMF Auditorium
Recent de Broglie wave interference experiments with atoms have achieved wavepacket separations as large as 54 cm...
Paul Barclay, University of Calgary
Thu, 2017-11-02 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
Nano-optomechanical devices enhance the interaction between light and nanomechanical resonators, enabling coherent...
Brett Gladman (UBC)
Thu, 2017-11-02 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Planetary formation functions much the way that 2-year olds eat; that is, most of it goes where it's supposed to, but a...
Courtney Dressing (Berkeley)
Mon, 2017-11-06 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Over the past twenty years, ground- and space-based investigations have revealed that our galaxy is teeming with...
Ken Ono (Emory University)
Wed, 2017-11-08 12:30 - 13:30
Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics Seminars
Hennings Building (RM 309B) 6224 Agricultural Road - UBC
Borcherds won the Fields medal in 1998 for his proof of the Monstrous Moonshine Conjecture. Loosely speaking, the...
Ken Ono (Emory University)
Wed, 2017-11-08 19:30 - 21:00
Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics Seminars
St. John's College - Fairmont Lounge / 2111 Lower Mall (UBC)
Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), one of the most inspirational figures in the history of mathematics, was a poor...
Mark van Raamsdonk (UBC)
Thu, 2017-11-09 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUMF Auditorium
The AdS/CFT correspondence from string theory provides a quantum theory of gravity in which spacetime and...
Robert Raussendorf, SBQMI / PHAS, UBC
Thu, 2017-11-09 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
In condensed matter physics, the essential properties of a physical system are determined by the phase in which it...
Victor Gurarie (U of Colorado)
Thu, 2017-11-09 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Henning 201
Ultra-quantum matter is the proposed umbrella term to describe states of matter made of quantum particles with long...
Al-Amin Dhirani, Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Fri, 2017-11-10 15:00 - 16:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
Chemists have made tremendous advances in synthesizing a variety of nanostructures with control over their size, shape...
Mon, 2017-11-13 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Eundeok Mun, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University
Thu, 2017-11-16 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
To date, magnetic frustration has primarily been studied in insulators. There have been little theoretical and...
Jason Detwiler (U Washington)
Thu, 2017-11-16 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Talks
TRIUMF Auditorium
The Majorana Demonstrator is performing a sensitive search for the neutrinoless double-beta decay of 76Ge using an...
CongJun Wu (UCSD)
Thu, 2017-11-16 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Henning 201
Orbital is a degree of freedom independent of charge and spin. It plays an important role in physical properties of...
Chris Willott (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics)
Mon, 2017-11-20 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is currently in its final phase of integration and scheduled for launch in the...
Dr. Arman Rahmim
Wed, 2017-11-22 11:00 - 12:30
Upcoming Other Talks
Hennings 318
In this talk, we’ll overview our ongoing efforts on the three fronts of (i) novel data acquisition, (ii) image...
Igor Boettcher, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University
Thu, 2017-11-23 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
AMPEL #311
A revolutionary new direction in the field of superconductivity emerged recently with the synthesis of superconductors...
James Pinfold (U Alberta)
Thu, 2017-11-23 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
MoEDAL is a pioneering experiment designed to search for anomalously ionizing messengers of new physics, such as...
Andreas Faisst (Caltech/IPAC)
Mon, 2017-11-27 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Less than 1 billion year after the Big Bang (< 8% of today's age of the Universe), the cosmic star formation rate...
John Martinis, University of California at Santa Barbara
Thu, 2017-11-30 14:00 - 15:00
Condensed Matter Seminars
Hennings #201
As microelectronics technology nears the end of exponential growth over time, known as Moore’s law, there is a renewed...
Barry Barish (Caltech)
Thu, 2017-11-30 17:30 - 18:30
Department Colloquia
Hebb Theatre
Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves 100 years ago, but the effects are so tiny that even...
MIRKO MIORELLI
Mon, 2017-12-04 12:30 - 14:30
Grad Theses
Room 203, Graduate Student Centre
Abstract: Electromagnetic probes represent a fundamental tool to study nuclear structure and dynamics. The...
David Kaplan (Johns Hopkins)
Thu, 2017-12-07 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
In this talk, I present the Higgs Boson's Compton wavelength (proportional to its inverse mass), as currently one of...
UBC students and faculty
Sun, 2017-12-10 14:00 - 15:30
Public Events
Hebb Theatre (2045 East Mall V6T 1Z1)
2017 Faraday Show: Physics of WinterWHERE: HEBB THEATRE, 2045 EAST MALL (UBC CAMPUS). The North Parkade is the closest...
RUI YANG
Thu, 2017-12-14 09:00 - 11:00
Grad Theses
Room 200, Graduate Student Centre
Abstract: The properties of several two-dimensional (2d) materials are studied. The main content is the study of...
Marek Radzikowski
Thu, 2017-12-14 13:00 - 14:00
Gravity Seminars
Hennings 301
After reviewing the essentials of the algebraic approach to QFT, Tomita Takesaki modular theory, and the well known...
AMANDA PARKER
Fri, 2017-12-15 09:00 - 11:00
Grad Theses
Room 203, Graduate Student Centre
Abstract: We study triblock copolymer materials which form thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). These materials form...
Anatoli Polkovnikov (Boston U.)
Thu, 2018-01-11 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Henning 201
In this talk I will introduce the concept of dynamical quantum phase transitions, where the role of parameter, which...
Rebecca Jensen-Clem (Berkeley)
Mon, 2018-01-15 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
TBA
Joanne O'Meara (Guelph)
Thu, 2018-01-18 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Alex Hill (Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, UBC Physics & Astronomy)
Mon, 2018-01-22 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
TBA
Pisin Chen (Leung Institute)
Thu, 2018-01-25 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Adrian Price-Whelan (Princeton University)
Mon, 2018-01-29 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Ted Bunn (U. Richmond)
Thu, 2018-02-01 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Students are often not exposed to the main ideas of general relativity until relatively late in their education, due to...
Jocelyn Read (California State University Fullerton)
Mon, 2018-02-05 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
TBA
Hong Liu (MIT)
Thu, 2018-02-08 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Henning 201
Mon, 2018-02-12 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Mon, 2018-02-19 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
Reading break
Thu, 2018-02-22 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Kelsi Singer (SouthWest Research Institute)
Mon, 2018-02-26 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
To be announced
Stefano Vitale (Trento)
Thu, 2018-03-01 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Thu, 2018-03-08 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Come and support our graduate students as they compete to deliver the best summary of their research projects in just 3...
Tessa Vernstrom (Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto)
Mon, 2018-03-12 15:00 - 16:15
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
TBA
Frans Pretorius (Princeton)
Thu, 2018-03-15 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Beth Willman (Steward Observatory)
Mon, 2018-03-19 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
To be announced
TBA
Jo Lister (ITER)
Thu, 2018-03-22 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
Mon, 2018-04-02 15:30 - 16:45
Astronomy Colloquia
Hennings 318
TBA
Veronika Hubeny (UC Davis)
Thu, 2018-04-05 16:00 - 17:00
Department Colloquia
Hennings 201
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