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Donald R. Hamilton Lecture, Thurs. April 20, 2023, S. James Gates (University of Maryland) "SUSY: Fifty Years of Scientific Odyssey Inspiring A Personal Quest"
Thu, Apr 20, 2023, 8:00 pm10:00 pm

The concept that there may exist symmetries relating bosons and fermions was first proposed by Yuri Golfand and Evgeny Likhtman in 1971 and independently realized by Julius Wess and Bruno Zumino in 1974. Thus, was born the topic of ‘supersymmetry’ and the speaker will highlight the triumphs and tragedies of this yet to be observationally…

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Donald R. Hamilton Lecture, Thurs. April 21, 2022, Steven M. Girvin (Yale University), "Progress and Prospects for the Second Quantum Revolution"
Thu, Apr 21, 2022, 8:00 pm8:00 pm

The first quantum revolution brought us the great technological advances of the 20th century—the transistor, the laser, the atomic clock and GPS, the global positioning system.  We now realize that this 20th century hardware does not take full advantage of the power of quantum machines. A second quantum…

Donald R. Hamilton Lecture:Elena Aprile,Columbia University,"The Xenon Project:At the Forefront of Dark Matter Direct Detection" McDonnell A01
Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 8:00 pm8:00 pm

What is the Dark Matter which makes 85% of the matter in the Universe? We have been asking this question for many decades and used a variety of experimental approaches to address it,   with detectors on Earth and in space. Yet, the nature of Dark Matter remains a mystery.  An answer to this fundamental question will likely come from ongoing and…

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Donald R. Hamilton Lecture - Kip Thorne, Caltech: “Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Colliding Stars”
Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 8:00 pm9:00 pm
Kip Thorne

Feynman Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Caltech
Joint Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2017 Nobel Prize was jointly awarded to Caltech's Barry C. Barish, the Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus and MIT's Rainer Weiss, professor of physics, emeritus.

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41st Annual Donald R. Hamilton Lecture: Gary Horowitz, UC-Santa Barbara, "Strange Views of Space and Time: From Einstein to String Theory"
Thu, Apr 7, 2016, 8:00 pm9:30 pm

Our understanding of space and time was revolutionized a hundred years ago by Einstein’s discovery of his special and general theories of relativity. We have recently undergone another dramatic change in our understanding of these fundamental concepts due to advances in string theory. I will describe these major developments in a nontechnical…

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40th annual Donald Hamilton Lecture: Deborah Jin, University of Colorado; "Fun with Ultracold Atoms"
Thu, Apr 30, 2015, 8:00 pm9:30 pm

Experiments with ultracold gases are among the coldest experiments in the world. I will discuss experiments where we are exploring quantum behavior in a gas of atoms cooled to temperatures near absolute zero. The talk will touch upon topics such as temperature, quantum mechanics, and superconductivity.
This is a free lecture open to the…

A free lecture open to the public.
Hamilton Lecture - Samuel Ting, MIT, "The Latest Results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station"
Thu, Apr 3, 2014, 8:00 pm9:30 pm

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a multipurpose particle physics detector that was installed on the International Space Station in May 2011. More than 50 billion cosmic ray events have been collected. The latest findings will be presented.

Hamilton Lecture - Joe Incandela, University of California-Santa Barbara and CERN, "The Search for the Higgs Boson: Discovery at the LHC"
Thu, Apr 25, 2013, 8:00 pm10:00 pm

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva Switzerland has performed spectacularly well in its first major running period from December 2009 through February 2013. Data of unprecedented quality and quantity have been recorded for proton-proton collisions at energies of 7 and 8 Trillion electron Volts – the highest energies ever…

Hamilton Lecture-Sir Michael Berry-"Making light of mathematics"
Thu, Feb 17, 2011, 8:00 pm9:00 pm