Physics and Astronomy Colloquia

Physics and Astronomy Colloquia take place most Fridays throughout the term from 3:00-4:00 pm in Wilder 104 unless otherwise noted, followed by refreshments in Wilder 103 at 4:00 pm. Please check back frequently for updates to the schedule. Upcoming colloquia are also listed in the events section of the News and Events page.  Colloquia prior to June 2017 are on the Colloquium Archives page.

Fall 2019 Colloquia

Date 

Speaker

Affiliation

Title

9/20/2019

Kenneth Brown

Duke University

How to Construct a Quantum Computer 

9/27/2019

Kimmy Wu

University of Chicago

Testing Inflation with the BICEP/Keck Array and South Pole Telescope  (Video)

10/4/2019

Fiona Harrison

Caltech

Science Highlights from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR): Bringing the High Energy Universe into Focus  (Video)

10/11/2019

Martin Greenwald

MIT

SPARC and the High-Field Path to Fusion Energy  (Video)

10/18/2019

Anson Hook

University of Maryland

The Theory and Search for Axions  (Video)

10/25/2019

Paola Cappellaro

MIT

How to Avoid HEATED Arguments Among Your Spins  (Video)

11/1/2019

Erich Osterberg

Dartmouth College

Hockey Sticks are Everywhere! The Recent Emergence of Climate Change in Greenland and New England  (Video)

11/8/2019

William Coish

McGill University

Topological Bound States and Topological Quantum Dynamics  (Video)

11/15/2019

Vladan Vuletic

MIT

Spin Squeezing in Optical-Clock Atoms  (Video)

Spring 2019 Colloquia

 

Date 

Speaker

Affiliation

Title

3/29/19

Chandrasekhar Ramanathan

Dartmouth College

Quantum Simulation and Sensing with Magnetic Resonance (Video)

4/5/19

David Hanneke

Amherst College

Driving Forbidden Vibrational Overtones in Molecular Ions (Video)

4/12/19

Anatoly Spitkovsky

Princeton University

Pulsar Magnetosphere: The Incredible Machine (Video)

4/19/19

Bruce Allen

AEI

The Direct Observation of Gravitational Waves (Video)

4/26/19

Tami Pereg-Barnea

McGill University

Topological States of Matter - Now What? (Video)

5/3/19

Marcel Agüeros

Columbia University

The Evolution of Cool Dwarf Spin Rate: Data, Models, and Tensions (Video)

5/10/19

Clayton Simien

Daneesh Simien

Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Laser Spectroscopy and Cooling: Tools to Probe Fundamental Physics      (Video of both talks)

Next Generation Smart Materials: Understanding the Role of Homogeneous Nanomaterials For Materials Processing

5/17/19

Raymond Brock

Michigan State University

That Spin 0 Boson Changes Everything: The Future of the Energy Frontier in Particle Physics  (Video)

5/24/19

Marc Swisdak

University of Maryland

Magnetic Reconnection and the Explosive Release of Plasma Energy (Video)

Winter 2019 Colloquia

Date 

Speaker

Affiliation

Title

1/4/19

Lauranne Lanz

Dartmouth College

Black Hole Feedback in Action? Investigating the Role of Supermassive Black Holes in Galaxy Evolution (Video)

1/18/19

Peter Johnson

Zapata Computing

Algorithmically Extending the Capabilities of Near-Term Quantum Computers (Video)

1/25/19

Wen Li

Boston University

Origin of Diffuse Aurora at Earth and Jupiter (Video not available)

2/1/19

Grant Tremblay

Harvard & Smithsonian

Galaxy-Scale Fountains with Black Hole Pumps (Video)

2/8/19

Chen-Yu Liu

Indiana University

Unresolved Problems in Neutron Decay (Video)

2/15/19

Sasha Tchekhovskoy

Northwestern University

Disks, Jets, and Other Black Hole-Powered Transients (Video)

Fall 2018 Colloquia

Date 

Speaker

Affiliation

Title

9/14/18

Kevin Wright 

Dartmouth College

Shining a Light on the Mysterious World of Quantum Materials (Video)

9/21/18

Anne Gelb

Dartmouth College

High Order Imaging Techniques for Synethetic Aperture Radar (Video)

9/28/18

Jim Drake

University of Maryland

Magnetic Reconnection and Particle Acceleration in Space and Astrophysical Systems (Video)

10/5/18

Carlos Meriles

CUNY City College of New York

Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Via Nitrogen-Vacancy in Diamond: Physics and Applications (Video)

10/12/18

Benjamin Chandran

University of New Hampshire

The Parker Solar Probe and Origin of the Solar Wind (Video)

10/26/18

Jim Binkoski

Dartmouth College

Is Spacetime a "Structural Quality of the Field"? (Video)

11/2/18

David Grinspoon

Dartmouth College

Venus Missions: Past, Present, Planned and Pretend (Video)

Spring 2018 Colloquia

Date 

Speaker

Affiliation

Title

3/30/18

Michael Andrews 

WadeandWendy.ai

A Physics Education and Beyond (Video)

4/6/18

Raffi Budakian

University of Waterloo

Nanometer-Scale Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy

4/13/18

Chih-Chun Chien

University of California, Merced

Quantum Transport in Ultracold Atoms (Video)

4/20/18

Sally Dawson

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Precision Measurements for the LHC (Video)

4/27/18

Jure Zupan

University of Cincinnati

News From Particle Physics Precision Frontier (Video)

5/4/18

Nuno Loureiro

MIT

New Insights Into Plasma Turbulence (Video)

5/11/18

Valerio Faraoni

Bishop's University

Modifying Gravity to Explain the Cosmic Acceleration (Video)

5/18/18

Anne White 

MIT

Understanding Cold-Pulse Dynamics in Tokamak Plasmas Using Local Turbulent Transport Models (Video)

 

5/25/18

Masahiro Morii 

Harvard University

Experimental Searches for Dark Matter (Video)

Winter 2018 Colloquia

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

1/5/18

Joshua Burger

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hunting for Dark Matter (Video)

1/12/18

Richard Kremer

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth and its Shattuck Observatory: Science and Identity at a 'Small College' From 1848 to 2018 (Video)

1/19/18

James Lowenthal

Smith College

How Astronomers Are Saving the World and the Sky (Video)

1/26/18

Alexander Smith

Dartmouth College

Quantizing Time (Video)

2/2/18

Elisabeth Newton

MIT

The Astrophysics of the Smallest Stars and Their Planets (Video)

2/5/18

Joseph Rodriguez

Harvard University

Transiting Planets and Eclipsing Disks as a Guide for Planet Formation (Video)

2/9/18

Kristin McQuinn

University of Texas at Austin

The Low-Mass Galaxy Frontier

2/12/18

Abigail Vieregg

University of Chicago

Discovering the Highest Energy Neutrinos Using Radio Detection Techniques

2/16/18

Jedidah Isler

Vanderbilt University

Blazar Astrophysics in the 2020s: Building the Case Now for the Observations of the Future

2/23/18

Jason Dexter

MPE Garching

Resolving Black Holes in Space and Time

3/9/18

Mark Hertzberg

Tufts University

The Accelerating Universe and Relativity (Video)

 

Fall Term

Fall 2017 Colloquia

Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

9/15/17

Ken Van Tilberg

IAS

Tabletop Searches for Ultralight Dark Matter (Video)

9/22/17

Roberto Onofrio

Dartmouth, University of Padua

Higgs, Weak Interactions and Gravitation (Video)

9/29/17

Douglas Finkbeiner

Harvard

The Search for WIMP Dark Matter: New Approaches to Stubborn Problems (Video)

10/6/17

Matthew Schwartz

Harvard

Machine Learning and the Large Hadron Collider (Video)

10/13/17

Robyn Millan

Dartmouth

Dynamics of Radiation Belt Electrons and the BARREL Experiment  (Video)

10/20/17

Subir Sachdev

Harvard

Quantum Matter Without Quasiparticles: Strange Metals and Black Holes  (Video)

10/27/17

Moira Gresham

Whitman College

Beyond the WIMP Dark Matter Paradigm: Asymmetric Dark Matter Nuclei  (Video)

11/3/17

Joseph Formaggio

MIT

Weighing Neutrinos (Video)

11/10/17

Nuno Loureiro

MIT/PSFC

New Insights Into Plasma Turbulence (Cancelled)

11/17/17

Jun Ye

Univ. of Colorado, JILA, NIST

Atomic Clock Based on Quantum Matter