|Mondays at 4:00 p.m.||Darwin 103||Coffee at 3:30 p.m.
|Sep 10||GLOBAL WARMING DEMYSTIFIED
Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, noted astrophysicist and author, and winner of the American Institute of Physics Science Communication award, will present a clear summary of the science, the consequences and the solutions of Global Warming.
|Sep 17||PLASMA SPECTROSCOPY
Dr. Milka Nikolic, University of San Francisco, will present her work in combining laser diagnostics with widely used optical emission spectroscopy techniques to obtain fundamental plasma properties.
|Sep 24||STORING ENERGY AND INFORMATION USING ELECTROCHEMICAL ION INSERTION
Dr. Yiyang Li of Sandia National Laboratories will describe how electrochemical ion insertion is used to store energy in lithium-ion batteries and store information for low-power neuromorphic computation, meeting our society’s goals in energy storage and low-power computing.
|Oct 01||QUANTUM SIMULATIONS WITH COLD ATOMS
Dr. Ehsan Khatami of San Jose State University will discuss theoretical models for describing the unexpected behavior of certain materials at low temperatures and how playing around with cold atoms loaded on optical lattices can help us learn more about those models
|Oct 08||NOVA VIDEO - WHAT'S THE UNIVERSE MADE OF?
A presentation of the PBS NOVA video "What's the Universe Made Of?" Peer into the deep unknowns of the universe to explore the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.
|Oct 15||GALAXY EVOLUTION
Dr. Guillermo Barro of the University of the Pacific studies the formation and evolution of massive galaxies over cosmic time. He will discuss pushing our detection of massive galaxies earlier in time, as well as understanding the physics of their structures and stellar populations.
|Oct 22||THE HIGGS BOSON AND SEARCHES FOR NEW PHYSICS AT THE LHC
Dr. Kathryn Grimm of CSU-East Bay is deputy team leader of the CSU ATLAS program. She was on the team that found evidence for the Higgs Boson, and now is interested in studying the properties of the Higgs Boson, as well as searching for other new particles.
|Oct 29||TOWARD PERFECT 1D CONDUCTION IN MAGNETIC TOPOLOGICAL INSULATORS
Dr. Goldhaber-Gordon of Stanford University will explain what is "perfect" 1D conduction and describe several strategies for achieving it. Some require high magnetic fields and/or cryogenic temperatures, but there's now hope of achieving perfect 1D conduction at room temperature with no external magnetic field, through a phenomenon known as the quantum anomalous Hall effect.
|Nov 5||THE PHYSICS OF 2-D MATERIALS
Dr. Jairo Velasco of UC Santa Cruz, a recent recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, presents his research on the characterization and control of Dirac fermions within nanoscale p-n junctions.
|Nov 12||VETERAN'S DAY
|Nov 19||MYSTERIES OF HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTIVITY
Dr. Ming Yi of Rice University will talk about the world of mysteries hidden in high temperature superconductors, and how we can attempt to solve them by using a very special experimental tool to watch electrons dance on the crystal lattices.
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