Events Archive

Events Archive

John Beggs (Indiana) - Condensed Gray Matter: Is the brain operating near a critical point?

Thomas Hartman

Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Speaker: Thomas Hartman, IAS Title: Minimal Holography: Higher Spin Gravity from 2d CFTs

Y. Avron (Technion) Geometry of quantum response in open systems

Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
I shall describe a theory of adiabatic response for controlled open systems governed by Lindblad evolutions. The theory gives quantum response a geometric interpretation induced from the geometry of Hilbert space projections. For a two level system the metric turns out to be the Fubini-Study metric and the symplectic form the adiabatic curvature.

Chris Herzog

Thu, Mar 3, 2011, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Experimental gravity with LIGO - Sam Waldman - Special Seminar

Tue, Mar 1, 2011, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The direct detection of gravitational waves (GWs) offers a revolutionary new probe of the most energetic processes in the universe and a test of general relativity in new regimes. The 4 km long LIGO interferometers have demonstrated the sub-attometer displacement sensitivity (< 10^{-18} m/ Hz^{1/2}) and continuous operation (> 75\%

Hirosi Ooguri

Mon, Feb 28, 2011, 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
Speaker: Hirosi Ooguri, Caltech Title: Spatially Modulated Phases Abstract: In the large N_c QCD, it is expected that the generic finite density ground state breaks translational invariance. In this talk, I will show a spatially modulated instability exists in the Sakai-Sugimoto model.

Vijay Pande (Stanford) - Some Surprises in the Biophysics of Protein Dynamics

Mon, Feb 28, 2011, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
The self-assembly of proteins ("protein folding") is one of the key steps in the function of proteins, such as enzymes and antibodies. The mechanism by which this assembly occurs has been an outstanding question in molecular biophysics for decades. Also, protein misfolding has been linked to numerous diseases, such as Alzhemier's and Huntington'...

Seok Kim

Fri, Feb 25, 2011, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Speaker: Seok Kim, Seoul National University Title: Holography of mass-deformed M2-branes Abstract: We find and study the gravity duals of the supersymmetric vacua of mass-deformed N=6 Chern-Simons-matter theory for M2-branes. Propetries of the vacua and elementary excitations are discussed.

Pinghan Chu

Fri, Feb 25, 2011, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Speaker: Pinghan Chu Title: The Neutron EDM and the Dressed Spin

Jonathan Feng "WIMPS and beyond"

Thu, Feb 24, 2011, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Abstract: A quarter of the Universe is composed of dark matter, but the particle identity of dark matter remains a deep mystery. I will review recent progress in resolving this puzzle, focusing on several leading classes of dark matter candidates, including WIMPs and related possibilities.

Michelangelo Mangano

Wed, Feb 23, 2011, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Speaker: Michelangelo Mangano, CERN Title: The First Year of the LHC: What We Have Learned

Sir Michael Berry (Univ Bristol) Singularity - dominated strong fluctuations

Tue, Feb 22, 2011, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
The fluctuations of a physical quantity can be described by its moments. In many cases, these diverge as an asymptotic parameter becomes large (or small), through the influence of geometric singularities. These large moments are described by power laws whose exponents can be determined from a knowledge of the singularities.

Steven Weinberg

Tue, Feb 22, 2011, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Speaker(s): Steven Weinberg, University of Texas at Austin Title: Pions in Large N Quantum Chromodynamics

Sir Michael Berry, Hamiltonian Lecturer

Mon, Feb 21, 2011, 1:15 pm to 6:00 pm

John Toner (U Oregon)-The flocks in you: liquid and crystalline flocking in cell membrane actin

Mon, Feb 21, 2011, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Flocking - the collective motion of large numbers of organisms or other self-propelled entities - exhibits a number of strange and baffling phenomena.

Subir Sachdev

Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Speaker: Subir Sachdev, Harvard University Title: Fermi Surfaces and Gauge-Gravity Duality

Young Jin Kim

Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Speaker: Young Jin Kim at the Indiana University, Bloomington Title: An experimental search for the electron Electric Dipole Moment in Gadolinium Gallium Garnet

Hamilton Lecture-Sir Michael Berry-"Making light of mathematics"

Thu, Feb 17, 2011, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm




Simone Giombi

Mon, Feb 14, 2011, 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
PLEASE NOTE THE SEMINAR WILL BE IN 343 JADWIN Speaker: Simone Giombi, Perimeter Title: Precision tests of AdS/CFT integrability from strings in the AdS light-cone gauge

Sir Michael Berry, Hamiltonian Lecturer

Mon, Feb 14, 2011, 1:15 pm to 6:00 pm