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  • Thursday, June 2, 2016, Wilder 102, 2:00 PM

    Oscar Friedman​, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College

    Title:  The Wigner Flow Function for Open Quantum Systems

    Abstract:  In classical mechanics, one can fully describe the dynamics of any one-dimensional system using a single trajectory in phase space. Since the rules of quantum mechanics beget an inherent uncertainty associated with a simultaneous measurement of the...

  • Dartmouth post-doc Alexa Halford's latest paper using BARREL data is highlighted in a NASA article. BARREL was designed to study how electrons from Earth’s radiation belts – vast swaths of particles trapped in Earth’s magnetic field hundreds of miles above the surface – can make their way down into the atmosphere. The BARREL campaign is primarily tasked with supplementing...

  • Monday, May 30, 2016, Wilder 202, 10:00 AM

    Kathryn Waychoff​, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College

    Title:  Zonal Wind Variability of the Jovian Planets


    The proximity and massive scale of Jupiter has made it a uniquely observable case study in planetary atmospheric dynamics, resulting in a wealth of data from several missions. Jupiter’s characteristically striated atmosphere makes it a prime...

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016, Wilder 104, 2:00 PM

    Jonathan Vandermause, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College

    Title:  Characterization and Control of Nuclear Spin Systems

    Abstract: Liquid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy allows small quantum systems of coupled nuclear spins to be precisely controlled. This thesis examines three aspects of characterization and control of nuclear spins using liquid-...

  • This project maps the stochastic and deterministic dynamics of open and closed quantum systems to analog circuit architectures and motifs. Such motifs may then be used to both map quantum systems to analog supercomputing chips, and to design novel quantum circuits. Many common circuit themes in analog and quantum computation include noise and thermodynamics, fault tolerance, feedback control, back action and loading, entanglement and correlation, precision measurement,  nonlinear dynamics,...

  • Congratulations to Connie Jiang `16 and Nina Maksimova `15 for winning NSF Graduate Research Fellowships in Theoretical Physics. Read more about the NSF program here. Read the article in Dartmouth NOW here.

  • Kenneth Golden's work as a mathematical physicist takes him to Antarctica. Read the Physics Today interview with this Dartmouth alum (math and physics, 1980).

  • Title: Challenges in Modeling Collisional and Turbulent Transport in Tokamak Fusion Plasmas  (Video)

    Abstract: One of the outstanding challenges in developing fusion as a practical energy source is improving energy confinement so that a large number of reactions take place.  To do this will require reducing plasma transport by minimizing the heat fluxes out of the plasma.  In the tokamak core,...

  • Title: Solar Flares: Explosive Plasma Physics! (Video)

    Abstract: Solar flares are among the most powerful explosions in the solar system. They cause strong variations in the EUV and X-ray output of the Sun, and in the radiative forcing of Earth's upper atmosphere. Their rate of occurrence follows the ~ 11 year solar activity cycle and they take place in active regions; the locations of strong...

  • Title: Harnessing Quantum Systems with Long-Range Interactions (Video)

    Abstract: Many AMO (atomic, molecular, and optical) systems, such as Rydberg atoms, polar molecules, and ions, exhibit long-range interactions decaying as a power-law with distance. In this talk, we will discuss the effects of long-range interactions on the speed of information propagation in quantum systems, with...