Physics & Astronomy Colloquium


Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Virtual Colloquium Meetings are held via Zoom, in-person events in PAB 1-434.
Zoom Link: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/91957795462 (Passcode: 672893)

Snacks and drinks will be provided on the PAB 3rd-floor patio at 3:30 pm. Please stop by and relax before the colloquium!

Meeting information will be sent in email. You may watch past presentations by clicking the title link when available.

For more information, contact Katsushi Arisaka.


ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024

UP Next:
May 23, 2024

"New Frontiers in Electron Diffraction of Molecular Nanoassemblies"
Jose Rodriguez (UCLA)

Faculty Host: Katsushi Arisaka
Location: PAB 1-434




Spring Quarter

April 2024

Symmetry Protected Topological Phases: Old and New

Speaker: Ryan Thorngren
Institution: UCLA
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Boundaries, Inclusions, and disorder in active matter

Speaker: Mehran Kardar
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Host: Robijn Bruinsma
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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A short history of basic plasma physics devices at UCLA and some of the experiments performed with them

Speaker: Walter Gekelman
Institution: UCLA
Host: Troy Carter
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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May 2024

Why Networks Matter: Embracing Biological Complexity

Speaker: John Quackenbush
Institution: Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Host: Katsushi Arisaka
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Quantum Science with Tweezer Arrays

Speaker: Manuel Endres
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Host: Paul Hamilton
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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The surprising effectiveness of topology in the science of quantum materials

Speaker: Ashvin Vishwanath
Institution: Harvard University
Host: Ryan Thorngren
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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New Frontiers in Electron Diffraction of Molecular Nanoassemblies

Speaker: Jose Rodriguez
Institution: UCLA
Host: Katsushi Arisaka
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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The Quest for Conscious AI

Speaker: Katsushi Arisaka
Institution: Elegant Mind Club at UCLA
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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June 2024

Recollections of nearly a half-century of research on plasma based acceleration and particle-in-cell simulations at UCLA

Speaker: Warren Mori
Institution: UCLA
Host: Troy Carter
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Previous Colloquiums

Winter Quarter

January 2024

The quest to see the unseen with LUX-ZEPLIN, the US flagship Dark Matter Experiment

Speaker: Alvine Kamaha
Institution: UCLA
Host: Katsushi Arisaka
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Miniaturizing Big Science with Plasma Accelerators

Speaker: James Rosenzweig
Institution: UCLA
Host: Pietro Musumeci
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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February 2024

Using Radio Detectors to Discover the Highest Energy Astrophysical Neutrinos

Speaker: Abigail Vieregg
Institution: University of Chicago
Host: David Saltzberg
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Measuring the Effect of Gravity on Antimatter

Speaker: Joel Fajans
Institution: U.C. Berkeley
Host: P. Hamilton & T. Carter
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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What's inside a black hole?

Speaker: Geoffrey Penington
Institution: U.C. Berkeley
Host: Thomas Dumitrescu
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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The JWST Revolution in Galaxy Formation: It's the Spectra, Stupid!

Speaker: Alice Shapley
Institution: UCLA
Host: Tommaso Treu
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Shining New Light on Material Properties: Structure and Dynamics with Ultrafast Electron Microscopes

Speaker: Bradley Siwick
Institution: McGill University
Host: Pietro Musumeci
Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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March 2024

Open questions in Neutrino Physics

Speaker: Wick Haxton
Institution: U.C. Berkeley
Host: Haun Huang
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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The Inevitable Quantum Winter?

Speaker: Eric Hudson
Institution: UCLA
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: Yoo Seminar & Conference Hall (Young Hall 4222C)
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Fall Quarter

September 2023

The Biggest and Darkest Questions in The Universe

Speaker: Tom Melia
Institution: Kavli IPMU, Tokyo University
Host: Alex Kusenko
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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October 2023

Quantum Materials for Eventual Quantum Computing

Speaker: Vivien Zapf
Institution: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Host: Stuart Brown
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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A Career in Astronomical Instrumentation

Speaker: Ian McLean
Institution: UCLA
Host: James Larkin
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Early Galaxies and the (re)ionization of Intergalactic Hydrogen

Speaker: Stuart Wyithe
Institution: Australian National University
Host: Smadar Naoz
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Lights, Camera, Action! Filming the Quantum World

Speaker: Sergio Carbajo
Institution: UCLA
Host: Jamie Rosenzweig
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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November 2023

FASER and the Future of Particle Physics

Speaker: Jonathan Feng
Institution: University of California, Irvine
Host: Katsushi Arisaka
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Cosmology with Probabilistic Neural Networks

Speaker: Tuan Do
Institution: UCLA
Host: Alice Shapley
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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The Origin of super-Earths and sub-Neptunes

Speaker: Erik Petigura
Institution: UCLA
Host: Mike Fitzgerald
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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Interfacing Biomolecules with Coherent Quantum Sensors

Speaker: Peter Maurer
Institution: University of Chicago
Host: Karoly Holczer
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023 4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: PAB 1-434
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