THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY PRESENTS
A SERIES OF LECTURES, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND FILMS

WHAT PHYSICISTS DO

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” - Carl Sagan

NINETY-SIXTH SERIES
Fall 2018

History of the Series

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Date About
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 MACHINE LEARNING IN PHYSICS
Dr. Ehsan Khatami will discuss his work at San Jose State University where he uses a high-performance computational cluster to apply machine learning techniques to the solution of complex quantum problems.
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 ELECTRONS IN NANOSTRUCTURES
Dr. David Goldhaber-Gordon, Stanford, studies how electrons organize themselves and flow on the nanoscale. He will discuss how in such submicron devices, quantum effects and electron interactions are important, which confounds intuitions gleaned from larger-scale electronics and opens new regimes of physics.
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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This series is supported by private donations and Instructionally Related Activities funds.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609. (707) 664-2119
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