Physics and Astronomy Colloquia

Physics and Astronomy Colloquia take place most Fridays throughout the term from 3:30-4:30pm in Wilder 104 unless otherwise noted. Please check back frequently for updates to the schedule. Upcoming colloquia are also listed in the events section of the News and Events page.

CURRENT TERM

Spring 2017 Colloquia

 

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

3/31/17

Dave Kaiser

MIT

 

4/7/17

Salman Hameed

UMass Amherst

 

4/14/17

TBA

 

 

4/21/17

Lisa Barsotti

MIT Kavli Institute

 

4/28/17

Michael Johnson

CFA

 

5/5/17

Earle Williams

MIT

 

5/12/17

Lily Childress

McGill

 

5/19/17

Parker Fagrelius

UC Berkeley

 

5/26/17

Jerry Goldstein

SWRI

 

UPCOMING TERM

Fall 2017 Colloquia

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

9/15/17

 

 

 

9/22/17

 

 

 

9/29/17

 

 

 

10/6/17

 

 

 

10/13/17

 

 

 

10/20/17

 

 

 

10/27/17

 

 

 

11/3/17

 

 

 

11/10/17

 

 

 

PAST TERMS

Winter 2017 Colloquia

 

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

1/6/17

Eric R. Fossum

Thayer School, Dartmouth College

"Quanta Image Sensor: Every Photon Counts"

1/13/17

Mark Trodden

Univ. of Pennsylvania

"Pushing Einstein's Boundaries: Gravitational Approaches to the Challenges of Modern Cosmology"

1/27/17

(Liam) Andrew Fitzpatrick

Boston University

"Effective Field Theory and the Phenomenology of Dark Matter Direct Detection”

2/3/17

Jack Sankey

McGill University

"Toward Optically Defined Micromechanical Systems" 

2/10/17

Yi-Hsin Liu

NASA-Goddard Space Flight Ctr.

 "Magnetic Reconnection in Plasmas"

2/24/17

Zackaria Chacko

University of Maryland

"Neutral Naturalness"

2/28/17

Yi-Min Huang

Princeton University

"New Perspectives on Magnetic Reconnection — From Plasmoid Instability to Self-Generated Turbulence" 

3/3/17 David Hatch University of Texas at Austin "Kinetic Plasma Turbulence: New Insights Into Its Fundamental Nature and Implications for Fusion Energy"
3/7/17 Jason TenBarge University of Maryland "Kinetic Plasma Turbulence in Space and Astrophysical Plasmas"
3/10/17 Ryan Hickox Dartmouth College "The Hidden Monsters: New Windows on the Cosmic Evolution of Supermassive Black Holes"

 

Fall 2016 Colloquia

 

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

9/16/16

Alison Crocker

Reed College

 "Explaining the Diversity in the "end state" of Galactic Evolution"

10/7/16

Michael Kurtz

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

"How a student’s daydream about stellar spectra became one of the world’s most important digital libraries, the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)"

10/14/16

Dean Pesnell

NASA

 "SDO, The Sun, The Universe"

10/21/16

Smitha Vishveshwara

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Tipping the Quantum World Critically Out of Equilibrium" 

10/28/16

Aaron Dotter

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

"Galactic Archaeology, Chemical Tagging, and Stellar Evolution"

11/4/16

Tom Giblin

Kenyon College

"Searching for the Secrets of the Non-Linear Universe"

11/11/16

Heather Bloemhard

AAS

 "Science Policy for Scientists"

 

Spring 2016 Colloquia

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

4/1/16

Maxim Olshanii

University of Massachusetts, Boston

"The Tonks-Girardeau Gas: Then, Now, and in the Future"

4/8/16

David Hall

Amherst College

"Tying Knots in a Quantum Fluid"

4/15/16

Sarah Ballard

MIT

"Exoplanets: Under a Microscope, and Through a Wide-field Lens"

4/22/16

Peter Cornillon

Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

"Physical Oceanography – Perspective, Fundamentals & Cool Stuff”

4/29/16

Mark McConnell

University of New Hampshire

"Gamma-Ray Polarimetry as a Probe of the Central Engine of Gamma-Ray Bursts"

5/6/16

Jane Lipson

Dartmouth College

"Approaching the Glass Transition From Different Directions"

5/13/16

James Battat

Wellesley College

"Testing Fundamental Physics by Ranging to the Moon"


5/20/16

Vadim Smelyanskiy

Google

 "Quantum Tunneling as a Computational Resource"

5/27/16

Ivan Deutsch

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

"Controlling and Quantum World in Ultracold Atomic Spins"

 

Winter 2016 Colloquia

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

1/8/16

Adrian Del Maestro

University of Vermont

"Low Dimensional Superfluidity"

1/15/16

Dale Kocevski

Colby College

"Illuminating the Black Hole – Galaxy Connection"

1/22/16

Savvas Koushiappas

Brown University

"Dark Matter in the Cosmos -- Are We Close to Discovery?"

1/29/16

Fernando G.S.L. Brandao

Microsoft Research

 "Quantum Entanglement in Many-Body Systems and Boundary Theories"

2/5/16

Alexey Gorshkov

Joint Quantum Institute

"Harnessing Quantum Systems with Long-Range Interactions"

2/12/16

Matthew C. Levy

University of Oxford

"Extreme Laser Power and How To Use It: Terawatt Laboratory Astrophysics, Petawatt Coupling and Beyond"

2/19/16

Stephen Bradshaw

Rice University

"Solar Flares: Explosive Plasma Physics!"

2/26/16

Emily Belli

General Atomics

"Challenges in Modeling Collisional and Turbulent Transport in Tokamak Fusion Plasmas"

3/4/16

Matt Landreman

University of Maryland

"Breaking Axisymmetry in Magnetized Plasmas"

3/7/16

Kai Germaschewski

University of New Hampshire

"Insights Into Magnetic Reconnection in Plasmas through High-Performance Simulations"

 

 

Fall 2015 Colloquia

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

9/18/15

Charlie Conroy

Harvard University

"Extragalactic Archeology"

9/25/15

Greg Feiden

Uppsala University

"Convection of Low-Mass Stars"

10/2/15

Lorne Nelson

Bishop's University

"Irradiation Cycles and the Evolution of Pulsar Binaries"

10/16/15

Nathan Lundblad

Bates College

"Quantum-Gas Physics in Orbit: Prospects for Microgravity Bose-Einstein Condensates Aboard NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory"

10/23/15

Jack Harris

Yale University

"Observing Quantum Effects in the Motion of a Millimeter-Sized Object"

10/30/15

Margaret Hanson

University of Cincinnati

"Improving Mass and Age Estimates of Stellar Clusters, Near and Far"

11/6/15

No colloquium (regional APS meeting)

 

 


11/9/15
(Monday)
James D. Whitfield Ghent University "Limitations and Aspirations of Quantum Computational Simulation"

11/13/15

Craig Rodger

University of Otago

"Particle Precipitation Into the Polar Atmosphere"