2007-2008 Physics & Astronomy Colloquia

7 Sept. Ward Lopes – Mt. Holyoke College
Title: “Applications for Holographic Control of Light”
14 Sept. Alan Palevsky ’73 – Raytheon Company
Title: “Computational Electromagnetics: The Radar Cross-Section of a Sphere”
21 Sept. Sarah Nichols ’03 – Stony Brook University
Title: “Chemistry with Lasers: Quantum Control in Molecular Systems” [abstract]
12 Oct. Department faculty
Title: “All about Graduate School: A Discussion”
Time: 2:30 pm, Place: TPL 104 (student common room)
19 Oct. Daniel Seaton ’01 – University of New Hampshire
Title: “Modeling Current Sheets During Solar Flares?”
2 Nov. David Park – Webster Atwell-Class of 1921 Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Title: “Longitudes, Alexander the Great, and the Lost Tribes of Israel”
9 Nov. Prof. Jennifer Ross – University of Massachusetts
Title: “Single Molecule Biophysics: Cellular Highways and Big Rigs”
16 Nov. Prof. Daniel McKinsey – Yale University
Title: “Billiards with an invisible cue ball: hunting for dark matter particles”
30 Nov. Prof. Richard Easther – Yale University
Title: “What Do We Learn about Physics by Looking at the Sky”
7 Jan. Dr. Nina Rohringer – Lawrence Liveremore National Laboratory
Title: “Ultra-Short High-Intensity X-Ray Physics with Free-Electron Lasers” – 4:00 p.m.
8 Jan. Professor Lisa Randall – Harvard University
Title: “Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions”
7:30 PM – Brooks Rogers Recital Hall
The Annual Richmond Lecture
9 Jan. Professor Fred Strauch – Gettysburg College and NIST
Title: “Perfect Quantum State Transfer with Superconducting Phase Qubits” [abstract] – 4:00 p.m.
10 Jan. Dr. Brian Granger – Tech-X
Title: “One-Dimensional Ultracold Quantum Gases” – 4:00 p.m.
14 Jan. Dr. James Higbie – University of California at Berkeley
Title: “Ultra-Sensitive Atomic Magnetometry: From Fieldable Sensors to High-Resolution Magnetic Microscopy” – 4:00 p.m.
16 Jan. Thesis Students – Progress Reports
1:00 pm Shelby B. Kimmel; 1:20 pm Paul W. Hess; 1:40 pm Kristen E. Lemons; 2:00 pm Zachary T. Thomas; 2:20 pm Break; 2:30 pm Thomas J. Derbish; 2:50 pm William A. Jacobson; 3:10 pm Anne E. Jaskot; 3:30 pm Adam J. McKay
23 Jan. Bethany Cobb ’02 – Yale University
Title: “Outshining the Universe: the Mystery of Gamma-ray Bursts” – 4:00 p.m. [abstract]
13 Feb. Dr. Guy Consolmagno SJ – Vatican Observatory
Title: “Meteorite Porosity and Asteroid Structure: Are Asteroids Fluffy” – Time: 4:00 pm
22 Feb. Dr. William Fairbrother – Brown University
Title: “Mapping Cis-Elements in the Genome: Development of high throughput binding assays to query nucleic acid/protein interactions” [abstract]
29 Feb. S. Charles Doret ’02 – Harvard University
Title: “Look Ma – no lasers! Towards Bose-Einstein condensation of metastable helium via buffer gas cooling” [abstract]
7 March Prof. Froney Crawford ’94 – Franklin and Marshall College
Title: “An Observational Test of a Pulsar Spin-down Model Using Radio Polarimetry” [abstract]
15 – 30 March Spring Recess
11 April Dr. Brant Nelson ’87 – IPAC/Caltech/Holderness School
Title: “Light Echoes from AGN: Evidence For Dust Near the Central Engine”
18 April Gabe Perez-Giz – Columbia University
Title: “A periodic table of black hole orbits “
24 & 25 April Sigma Xi Research Talk – Prof. David Tucker-Smith – 4:15 pm – TCL 123 – Wege Auditorium
Thursday – Part I: “News from the High-Energy Frontier”
Friday – Part II “Searching for New Physics with the Large Hadron Collider”
25 April Prof. John Hunt – Columbia University
Title: “Tales of two molecular machines” [abstract]
13 May Student Thesis Presentations
2:00 pm William A. Jacobson; 2:20 pm Anne E. Jaskot; 2:40 pm Adam J. McKay; 3:00 pm Shelby B. Kimmel; 3:30 pm Break; 3:40 pm Paul W. Hess; 4:00 pm Kristen E. Lemons; 4:20 pm Zachary T. Thomas; 4:40 pm Thomas J. Derbish