Fall 2016 Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Schedule

posted on September 13, 2016 by

All talks will be held at Pomona in the Argue Auditorium, Millikan 1051.

9/6 –  Summer Experience

9/13 – Student Summer Research Talks

9/27 – Arolyn Conwill ‘1(MIT) – Oscillatory population dynamics in a bacterial cross-protection mutualism

10/11 – James Graham (UC Berkeley, Astronomy)

10/18 – FALL BREAK

10/25 – Larry Price ‘65 (retired from Argonne National Laboratory) – The ATLAS detector for the LHC

11/1  – Jorge Moreno (Cal Poly Pomona Astronomy)

11/8 – Grace Jia Lu (USC, Electrical Engineering/Physics)  – Exploring the Nano World

11/15 – Holly Maness (UC Berkeley)

11/29 – TBD

12/6 – TBD


 

Spring 2016 Colloquium Schedule

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Feb 2 – Harvey Mudd – Brian Shuve – SLAC – “Illuminating the Dark Universe with Particle Colliders” – www.perimeterinstitute.ca/people/brian-shuve

Feb 9 – Harvey Mudd – Faculty Candidate –  University of Maryland Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science –  http://quics.umd.edu/people/shelby-kimmel

Feb 16 – Pomona – Gang Li – UCLA Lab for Organic and Hybrid Electronics Materials & Devices –  Printing Solar Energy – Molecular Approaches to a Scientific Dream” – Click for abstract – http://yylab.seas.ucla.edu

Feb 23 – Harvey Mudd – Marissa Giustina – University of Veinna, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information – http://vcq.quantum.at/research/research-groups/zeilinger-group.html

Mar 1 – Pomona – Christoph Hasselwandter – USC Dept of Physics & Astronomy and Molecular & Computational Biology Program – “Physical Mechanisms of Membrane Protein Organization and Collective Function” – Click for abstract – http://www.haselwandterlab.com

Mar 2 – Pomona – Doug Martin – Lawrence University Department of Physics – Super-resolution microscopy and cell division” – Click for abstract – www2.lawrence.edu/fast/martind/

Mar 8 – Harvey Mudd – Jason Hogan HMC ’03 – Stanford – https://physics.stanford.edu/people/faculty/jason-hogan

Mar 15 – Spring Break

Mar 22 – Harvey Mudd – Janice Hudgings – Pomona College Department of Physics and Astronomy

Mar 29 – Pomona – W.E. Moerner – Stanford University Department of Chemistry, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2013 – “The Story of Single Molecules, from Early Low Temperature Spectroscopy in Solids, to 3D Super-Resolution Microscopy and its Promise and Challenges” – http://www.pomona.edu/academics/departments/chemistry/robbins-lecture-series

Apr 5 – Harvey Mudd – Jim Fuller – Caltech – http://www.tapir.caltech.edu/~fuller/

Apr 12 – Pomona – Stephanie Tonnesen – Alvin Nashman Postdoc, Carneige Institute – https://stonnesenastro.wordpress.com/category/research/

Apr 19 – Pomona – Elias Penilla PO ’06 – Advanced Materials Processing Synthesis Lab, UC Riverside –  Development of Transparent and Photo-luminescent Polycrystalline Ceramics for the Next Generation of Photonic Devices” http://www.engr.ucr.edu/~jegaray/Research.html

Apr 26 – Pomona – Lia Corrales HMC ’06 – MIT – http://space.mit.edu/people/corrales-lia

Fall 2015 Colloquium Schedule

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Sept 15 – Pomona – Student summer research Part 1

Sept 22 – Pomona – Student summer research Part 2

Sept 29 – Pomona – Alex Zylstra (Pomona ’09) – LANL

Oct 6 -Harvey Mudd – John Belcher – MIT

Oct 13 – Pomona – Bradley Flippone – Caltech

Oct 20 – Fall break

Oct 27 – Harvey Mudd – Speaker TBA

Nov 3 – Pomona – Cameron Hummels – Univ. of Arizona

Nov 10 – Harvey Mudd – Speaker TBA

Nov 17 – Pomona – Speaker TBA

Nov 24 – Pomona – Speaker TBA

Dec 1 – Pomona – Speaker TBA

Dec 9 – Pomona – Speaker TBA

 

Atomically Thin Photodetectors: The Ideal Semi-Metal vs. the Insurmountable Insulator

posted on April 8, 2013 by

Nathaniel Gabor, MIT

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:30 p.m. Galileo- Pryne – Harvey Mudd College

Graphene, an atomically thin sheet of hexagonally oriented carbon, is a zero band gap conductor (semi-metal) that exhibits extraordinary electronic behavior and broadband optical absorption. Hexagonal boron nitride, which shares a similar structure to that of graphene, is a highly insulating electronic material that does not absorb any light in the visible spectrum. By combining graphene and boron nitride into ultrathin vertical stacks, we can fabricate new optoelectronic devices that demonstrate highly sensitive optical response, yet are only as thick as the width of a DNA molecule. In this talk, I will discuss how stacking these atomically thin materials allows us to explore new types of optoelectronic devices that may ultimately lead to more efficient light energy harvesting technologies.

Planet Formation and the Solar System

posted on April 1, 2013 by

Hilke Schlichting, Caltech

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 4:30 p.m. Millikan Lab – Room 134

In my talk, I will discuss recent insights that we have gained into planet formation form our solar system. I will talk about the Kuiper belt, located at the outskirts of our planetary system, which provides a snapshot of earlier stages of planet formation and is therefore an ideal laboratory for testing planet formation theories. I will show how we can use the Kuiper belt size distribution to gain new insights into runaway growth during planet formation and how we can use it to constrain the initial sizes of planetesimals that are the building blocks of planets.

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