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Quantum Sciences Seminar - Christopher Eichler, ETH Zurich - "Exploring quantum microwave radiation emitted from superconducting electronic circuits."
Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Superconducting electronic circuits have turned into one of the prime physical systems to investigate quantum optical and atomic physics phenomena in engineered solid state devices. While the on-demand generation and the processing of quantum states on a chip are now routinely achieved with high fidelity, it remains challenging to detect…

Special Seminar - Lisa Randall - Professor, Harvard University
Tue, Nov 12, 2013, 2:00 pmWed, Nov 6, 2013, 3:00 pm

From building blocks to large galaxies: Towards understanding the formation of the Milky Way - Anna Frebel, MIT- Special Seminar
Fri, Sep 27, 2013, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Abstract: The early chemical evolution of the Galaxy and the Universe is vital to our understanding of a host of astrophysical phenomena. Since the oldest, most metal-poor stars are relics from the high-redshift universe; they probe the chemical and dynamical conditions of a time when large galaxies first began to assemble. Recent works have…
Special Seminar - Gene-Wei Li (UCSF)
Mon, Sep 16, 2013, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
"Principles underlying cellular protein production" Protein biosynthesis is by far the largest consumer of energy during cellular proliferation. The tremendous cost associated with protein synthesis makes it a key step for regulating diverse cellular functions. Therefore, determining how a cell allocates its synthesis capacity for each…
LSI, MOL, Biophysics.
Special Seminar:Solving the Relativistic Inverse Stellar Structure Problem - Lee Lindblom, Theoretical Astrophysics, Caltech
Wed, Aug 14, 2013, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
Abstract: The inverse stellar structure problem determines the equation of state of the stellar matter from a knowledge of the stars' observable macroscopic properties, like their masses and radii. This seminar will discuss different approaches to solving this problem, including some new results based on spectral methods. A new version of the…
Results of a Dark Matter Search with the Silicon Detectors of the CDMS II Experment - Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, MIT
Thu, May 23, 2013, 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Abstract In this talk I will describe the recent results of a search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) with the silicon detectors of the CDMS II experiment. A blind analysis of 140.2 kg-days of data revealed three WIMP-candidate events with an expected total background of 0.7 events. This data is consistent with a light WIMP…
From molecules to development: revealing simple rules of biological clocks - Qiong Yang, Stanford University
Tue, Mar 26, 2013, 1:30 pm6:00 pm
Organisms from cyanobacteria through vertebrates make use of biochemical and genetic oscillators to drive repetitive processes like cell cycle progression and vertebrate somitogenesis. Oscillators also allow organisms to anticipate natural environmental rhythms, as exemplified by the circadian clock. Despite the complexity and variety of…
Harnessing the Atom-like Properties of Single Spins in Diamond - Lee C. Bassett, Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation, University of Califor
Mon, Mar 25, 2013, 12:15 pm1:15 pm
The past decade has seen remarkable progress in the isolation and control of single spins in solid state devices. With electron spin coherence times in some materials now measured in seconds, single spins provide many features formerly unique to atomic systems in a form amenable to engineering complex integrated devices through semiconductor…
Towards a Predictive Science of Network-Based Systems - Dani Bassett - UCSB
Fri, Mar 8, 2013, 1:30 pm2:30 pm
Abstract: Many real world systems utilize networks of mechanical, electrical, or informational signals to perform complex functions. Recent advances across multiple disciplines have begun to elucidate the role that these networks play in constraining and enabling system dynamics. A critical remaining challenge is to harness the predictive role…
New prospects for cold molecular physics - Kang-Kuen Ni - JILA
Thu, Dec 13, 2012, 1:30 pm2:30 pm
The role of molecular spectroscopy in the broader interests of physics has evolved over the years. It was traditionally the study of molecular structure and its underlying quantum mechanics. Later, it led to various applications including the first “atomic clock” that was actually based on molecular vibrations and to the observation of star light…
Condensed Matter Physics with Ultracold Atoms: from Mott Insulators to Topological Superfluids - Waseem Bakr - MIT
Mon, Dec 10, 2012, 2:30 pm3:30 pm
Abstract: Recent advances in probing and controlling ultracold atomic gases have allowed access to rich physics from the realm of condensed matter. In the first part of this talk, I will describe quantum gas microscopy, a new tool for imaging and manipulating strongly interacting quantum gases containing thousands of atoms at the single atom…
Lessons from a high-Tc superfluid: probing local quantities in a strongly interacting Fermi gas - Yoav Sagi JILA
Tue, Dec 4, 2012, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
The collective behavior of an ensemble of strongly interacting fermions is central to many physical systems including liquid 3He, high-Tc superconductors, quark-gluon plasma, neutron stars, and ultracold Fermi gases. However, theoretical understanding of strongly interacting fermions is challenging due to the many-body nature of the problem and…
Special Seminar: US-China Trade and its Global Impact, Dr. Subramanian Swamy
Mon, Jul 23, 2012, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
In a global economy, role of US, China, and India is becoming increasingly important. Dr. Subramanian Swamy, a noted India academician, politician, and economist, a former professor at Harvard and Indian Institute of Technology, one of the longest serving parliamentarian, and a former federal Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Law in India, talks…
Open to the Public
**Special PCTS Seminar** - Prof. Chris Tully - Discovery of the Higgs Boson
Mon, Jul 9, 2012, 3:00 pmFri, Jul 6, 2012, 6:00 pm

**Special PCTS Seminar**
Mon, Jul 9, 2012, 3:00 pm4:00 pm
Professor Chris Tully, Princeton University, Discovery of the Higgs Boson PCTS,Seminar Room, 407 Jadwin Hall

Quantum Sciences Seminar - C. Kloeffel, University of Basel, Switzerland - Strong spin-orbit interaction and helical hole states in Ge/Si nanowires
Wed, May 23, 2012, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

I will present our recent work [1], where we study theoretically the low-energy hole states of Ge/Si core/shell nanowires. The low-energy valence band is quasidegenerate, formed by two doublets of different orbital angular momenta, and can be controlled via the relative shell thickness and via external fields. We find that direct (dipolar)…

Quantum Sciences Seminar Series - Jacob M. Taylor (JQI/NIST) - Photons and phonons for quantum simulation and metrology
Mon, May 14, 2012, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

Advances in high quality optical, electrical, and mechanical systems have led to the observation of quantum coupling between photons and phonons in both the radio frequency and optical domain. This opens up new frontiers, including circuit quantum electrodynamics, ground state cooling of macroscopic mechanical systems, and the coherent…