Events Archive

Physics Colloquium-Christopher Jarzynski, University of Maryland, College Park - Irreversibility and the Second Law of Thermodynamics at the Nanoscal
Thu, Apr 12, 2012, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
What do the laws of thermodynamics look like when applied to microscopic systems such as optically trapped colloidal particles, single molecules manipulated with laser tweezers, and biomolecular machines? In recent years it has become apparent that the fluctuations of small systems far from thermal equilibrium satisfy a number of strong and…
Physics Colloquium, Ana Maria Rey, Jila
Thu, Mar 29, 2012, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Building the most precise atomic clocks in the world by studying many-body physics About 60 years ago, the second was defined by the Earth’s rotation. However, with the discovery of quantum mechanics it became clear that atomic clocks could be significantly more accurate and more precise. Thus, in 1967 the second was redefined in terms of an…
Physics Colloquium-Jeffrey McClintock, Harvard
Thu, Mar 1, 2012, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
"Measuring the Spins of Black Holes and Applying the Results"

Physics Colloquium-Richard Prum, Yale
Thu, Feb 23, 2012, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Self-Assembly and Evolution of Color Producing Nanostructures of Birds and Insects In addition to molecular pigments, many organisms create colors for communication and camouflage using optical nanostructures. Color production by interference from thin films and diffraction gratings has been easily understood, but understanding color…
Hamilton Lecture-Leo Kadanoff
Thu, Feb 9, 2012, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
"Making a Splash, Breaking a Neck: The Development of Complexity in Physical Systems
Physics Colloquium: Nigel Goldenfeld
Thu, Dec 15, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
“Statistical mechanics of the genetic code: a glimpse of early life?” Relics of early life, preceding even the last universal common ancestor of all life on Earth, are present in the structure of the modern day canonical genetic code. In this talk, I will draw attention to these relics, and discuss their interpretation from the perspective of…
Physics Colloquium: Alex Wright, Princeton University
Thu, Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
"Taking a 'nu' Look : Studying Low Energy Solar and Terrestrial Neutrinos with Borexino" Solar neutrino experiments have taught us a great deal about neutrinos, neutrino oscillations, and the nuclear fusion reactions that power the sun. The Borexino experiment, in which the Princeton particle astrophysics group plays a leading role, has made…
Physics Colloquium: Cumrun Vafa
Thu, Nov 10, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
“Strings and the Magic of Extra Dimensions

Physics Colloquium: Tom Lubensky
Thu, Oct 27, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
“On the Verge of Mechanical Instability

Physics Colloquium: Robert Schoelkopf
Thu, Oct 20, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
“Entanglement and Quantum Algorithms with Superconducting Circuits

Physics Colloquium: Valerie Halyo, Princeton University
Tue, Oct 18, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
" Quest for new frontier at the LHC" Abstract: The 7 TeV center of mass energy proton-proton machine built in the LEP tunnel is housing 4 major experiments ATLAS, ALICE, CMS and LHCb in its 100 meter underground cavern. These experiments will be recording the particles left by the debris from the collisions and looking for new physics…
Physics Colloquium: Steve Block
Thu, Oct 13, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Physics Colloquium: Cheng Chin
Thu, Sep 29, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
“Observation of Scale Invariance and Quantum Criticality of Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices

Physics Colloquium: Jason Petta
Thu, Sep 22, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
“Strong-Arming Electron Spin Dynamics

Elena Aprile
Thu, Apr 21, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

David Weitz
Thu, Apr 14, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Saul Perlmutter
Thu, Mar 31, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

Christophe Salomon
Thu, Mar 10, 2011, 4:30 pm6:00 pm