Physics and Astronomy Colloquium 2019-2020

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

1-434 Physics and Astronomy (map)

Reception from 3:15-3:30
(unless otherwise posted)

For more information, contact Yaroslav Tserkovnyak

Fall 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019


Thursday, October 10, 2019

"TBA" by Peter Armitage (Johns Hopkins University)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Building a quantum computer with neutral atoms

David Weiss

Penn State University

I will describe our work towards making a quantum computer using ultra-cold atoms trapped in a 3D optical lattice. In particular, I will explain: how we change the quantum state of individual atoms, even in the middle of the array, without affecting the quantum states of other atoms; how we sort atoms by realizing a Maxwell's demon; and how we reliably detect the internal states of the atoms without losing any.


Thursday, October 24, 2019


Thursday, October 31, 2019

"TBA" by Robijn Bruinsma (University of California, Los Angeles)


Thursday, November 7, 2019

"TBA" by Cristina Marchetti (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Probing Dark Matter Throughout Cosmic History

Vera Gluscevic

University of Southern California

I will review the status of cosmological searches for dark matter-baryon interactions, summarizing the best current limits on scattering of light particle candidates with protons derived from the cosmic-microwave-background anisotropy measurements. I will then present stringent new bounds on the same physics, inferred recently from the observed population of the Milky Way satellite galaxies. I will highlight complementarities between different observations and laboratory searches for dark matter, and discuss the prospects for unveiling the physics of dark matter in the coming decade.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

"TBA" by Christopher Gutierrez (University of California, Los Angeles)

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday

No Colloquium

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Anshul Kogar (University of California, Los Angeles)


Winter 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Gender, Equity, Power Structures and Implicit Bias in STEM

Elizabeth Simmons (University of California, San Diego)

University of California, San Diego

The presentation will start by reviewing data on the current status of gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and summarizing social science research that illuminates some causes of gender disparities in STEM. With this context established, the focus will shift to how women enter into leadership roles in academic settings, what they experience and how gender impacts the way they exercise their authority. The final part of the talk will discuss how we can all contribute to changing the face of leadership for the future, to the benefit of all of us in STEM.


Thursday, January 16, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Leon Balents (University of California, Santa Barbara)


Thursday, January 23, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Stefania Gori (University of California, Santa Cruz)


Thursday, January 30, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Gregg Hallinan (Caltech)


Thursday, February 6, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Ian Shoemaker (Virginia Tech)


Thursday, February 13, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (MIT)


Thursday, February 20, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Irene Tamborra (Niels Bohr Institute)


Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Katie Bouman (Caltech)


Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 6, 2019, 4:00-5:00 p.m.



Spring 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m

"TBA" by Steven Shenker (Stanford University)


Thursday, April 9, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Hung-Hai Lee (University of California, Berkeley)


Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Vinvenzo Vitelli (University of Chicago)


Thursday, April 23, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Bradley Siwick (McGill)


Thursday, April 30, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.



Thursday, May 7, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Jessica McIver (LIGO)


Thursday, May 14, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Mark Eriksson (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Annika Peter (Ohio State University)


Thursday, 28, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Clifford Cheung (Caltech)


Thursday, June 4, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

"TBA" by Sera Markoff (University of Amsterdam)







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