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Physics Colloquium

*NOTICE*
Physics Colloquium are canceled for the remainder of the academic year due to COVID-19.

Physics Colloquium is held on Thursdays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, at the Feynman Lecture Hall, 201 E. Bridge. Refreshments are served after the colloquium on the Bridge Annex Patio. All talks are intended for a broad audience, and everyone is encouraged to attend. Recordings for the talks are found here.

Physics Colloquium was called Physics Research Conference until 2019. Here is a history of our Physics Research Conference written by Dr. Judith Goodstein, University Archivist, Emeritus.

When it opened in 1922, The Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics was said to have the best equipped lecture hall in the country. Earnest Watson, who served as Robert Millikan's right-hand man, planned the new physics building—right down to working in the wiring and plumbing outlets, organized bi-weekly lecture demonstrations for the students in 201 E. Bridge and offered his own specialty, demonstrations of liquid air phenomena as an outreach effort.  The 1922 catalog lists "Research conferences in physics," a four-unit course, to meet twice a week "for report and discussion of work appearing in the literature and progress in the laboratory."  Faculty and students were expected to attend. In 1924, H. P. Robertson, then a graduate student gave a talk on relativity at one of these twice-a-week research conferences, presumably in 201 E. Bridge.   The Weekly Calendar began publication four years later, in 1928.  That January, two physics talks, on Wednesday and Thursday, were scheduled in 201 E. Bridge and announced as "Physics Seminar." Talks began at 4:45 PM, with tea served 15 minutes beforehand.  Then, on October 8, 1928, a physics talk on Monday in 201 E. Bridge, followed by another on Wednesday, began at 5 PM (teatime now at 4:45) and  both talks were announced as "Physics Research Conference."  (Chemistry followed suit and brought the title of its talks into line with physics.)


Physics Colloquium 2019 - 2020*
Due to COVID-19 the Physics Colloquium are canceled for the remainder of the academic year. 

Click here for recordings.

THURSDAY
OCTOBER 3, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Fractonicity from elasticity

Host: Jason Alicea
view talk here


THURSDAY
OCTOBER 10, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

New frontiers in exoplanet science with high-contrast imaging and spectroscopy

Speaker: Dimitri Mawet
Host: Hirosi Ooguri
View talk here

THURSDAY
OCTOBER 17, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Compact Proton Therapy: Improving Access to Advanced Cancer Treatment

Speaker: James Cooley
Host: Ryan Patterson
View talk here


THURSDAY
OCTOBER 24, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The ADMX Search for Dark Matter Axions

Speaker: Gray Rybka
Host: Rana Adhikari
View talk here


THURSDAY
OCTOBER 31, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Exploring QCD Matter
The Lauritsen Lecture

Speaker: Barbara Jacak
Host: Brad Filippone
View talk here


THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 7, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Testing Dark Matter Interactions Through Cosmic History

Speaker: Tracy Slatyer
Host: Cliff Cheung
View talk here


THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Looking through the Gravitational Wave Window on the Universe

Speaker: Laura Cadonti
Host: Rana Adhikari
View talk here


THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 21, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Detecting Gravitational Waves Using the public LIGO-VIRGO data: Doubling the sample of Binary Black Hole Mergers

Speaker: Barak Zackay
Host:
Sterl Phinney
View talk here


THURSDAY
DECEMBER 5, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Life is what?

Speaker: Sara Walker
Host: Sean Carroll
View talk here



THURSDAY 
JANUARY 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Instruments for the exploration of the Universe
and the brain

Host: Maria Spiropulu
View talk here



THURSDAY 
JANUARY 16, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cosmology in the era of multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves

Host: Rana Adhikari
View talk here



THURSDAY 
JANUARY 23, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

From Scattering Amplitudes to Gravitational Waves

Speaker: Zvi Bern
Host: Clifford Cheung
View talk here





THURSDAY 
JANUARY 30, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Arrow of time in fluctuations of living systems

Speaker: Nikta Fakhri
Host: Rob Phillips
View talk here



THURSDAY 
FEBRUARY 6, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cosmic alchemy in the era of gravitational wave astronomy
The Christy Lecture

Speaker: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
Host: Sterl Phinney
View talk here


THURSDAY 
February 13, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Super-resolution imaging of transcription in living cells

Host: Rob Phillips
View talk here

THURSDAY 
FEBRUARY 20, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Physical Dynamics of Ice Crystal Growth

Speaker: Ken Libbrecht
Host: Hirosi Ooguri
View talk here


THURSDAY 
FEBRUARY 27, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm


CANCELED
The Three-Legged Stool

The Biard Lecture

Speaker: Eric Cornell
Host: Brad Filippone


THURSDAY 
MARCH 5, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED
The Information Paradox in the Age of Holographic Entanglement Entropy

Host: Sean Carroll

THURSDAY 
APRIL 2, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED
From single to statistical: gravitational-wave populations

Speaker: Daniel Holz
Host: Yanbei Chen

THURSDAY 
APRIL 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: John Preskill
Host: Mark Wise

THURSDAY 
APRIL 16, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Vladan Vuletić
Host: Manuel Endres

THURSDAY 
APRIL 23, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Angel Rubio
Host: Gil Refael

THURSDAY 
APRIL 30, 2020 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Jason Alicea
Host: Nai-Chang Yeh

THURSDAY 
MAY 7, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Andrew Mills
Host: David Hsieh

THURSDAY 
MAY 14, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Krysta Svore
Host: John Preskill

THURSDAY 
MAY 21, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Tom Hartman
Host: Hirosi Ooguri


THURSDAY 
MAY 28, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker:  Marin Soljačić
Host: Xie Chen