Colloquium Fall 2007
Thursdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. Thimann Lecture Hall 1

September 27, 2007
Welcome-back grad tea

October 4, 2007
Cosmic rays, gamma-ray bursts, and their simple understanding
Alvaro De Rujula
CERN and Boston University

October 1 1, 2007
Matter and Antimatter in Cosmic Rays
Igor V. Moskalenko

October 18, 2007
Flavor in the LHC era
Vossi Nir
Weitzman Institute

October 25, 2007
Very High-Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics with VERITAS
David A. Williams

November 1, 2007
Fraud, Scandal, Ethics, and Politics -- and How to Have a Happy Career in Physics
Joel Primack
Physics Department, UCSC

November 8, 2007
The Physics of Brass Musical Instruments, or What do horn players do with their right hands, anyway?
Brian W. Holmes
Department of Physics, San Jose State University

November 15, 2007
The Early History of Bell's Theorem
John Clauser
UC Berkeley (ret.) &. J.F. Clauser &. Associates

Thanksgiving Day - No Colloquium

November 29, 2007
An Overview of Charged Particle Acceleration and Related Control Applications
Christopher K. Allen
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

December 6, 2007
Biocomplexity in Action: Pattern Formation and Microbial Ecology at Yellowstone's Hot Springs
Nigel Goldenfeld
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

December 11, 2007
Solid State Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics: Quantum Dots coupled to Photonic Crystals Microcavities
Antonio Badolato
Institute of Quantum Electronics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Physics Colloquium Winter 2008
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. Thimann Lecture Hall 1

January 10, 2008
No Colloquium scheduled for today

January 17, 2008
Secrets in the Ancient Goatskin: Archimedes' Oldest Writings uncovered with X-ray Vision
Uwe Bergmann
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory

January 24, 2008
The Amazing Story of the Neutrino
Lincoln Wolfenstein
Carnegie Mellon University
February 5, 2008
Manipulating spins and photons in semiconductors
Vanessa Sih
Stanford University]

February 7, 2008
Electronic Liquid Crystals
Steven Klvelson
Stanford University

February 12, 2008
SESAME- Reality or a Parallel Universe?
Ellezer Rabinovici
Hebrew University, Jerusalem

February 14, 2008
Spontaneous Superlattice Formation In Nanorods through Partial Cation Exchange
Richard D. Robinson
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory It Chemistry Department, UC Berkeley

February 19,2008
Superfluidity, phase coherence and the new Bose-condensed alkali gases
Anthony 3. Leggett
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

February 21, 2008
Quantum Wave Functions: Decoherence and Spatial Characteristics
Michael Grobis
Stanford University

February 26, 2008
Momentum and energy resolved X-ray scattering studies of correlated matter
Jason Hancock
Stanford University

February 28, 2008
Geometry and Symmetry in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Weining Man
NYU/Princeton University

March 4, 2008
Landau Level Spectroscopy of Graphene
Zhigang liang
Columbia University jointly with Princeton University &. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida

March 6, 2008
Processive myosin motors combine directed and diffusive motion to navigate complex cellular environments
Alex Dunn
Stanford University

March 13, 2008
Emerging Principles of Galaxy Formation
Sandy Faber
Astronomy Department, UCSC

Physics Colloquium Spring 2008
4:00-5:30 p.m. Thimann Lecture Hall 1
April 3, 2008
Superconductivity at the Edge of Magnetism
Nicholas Curro
Physics Department, UC Davis

April 10, 2008
The equivalence principle, dark matter, and dwarf galaxies
Marc Kamionkowski
Cal Tech

Seeing the forest but not the trees: imaging condensed mater in mesoscopic scale
Shobo Bhattacharya
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

April 24, 2008
Twistor Spinoffs for Collider Physics
Lance Dixon

May 1, 2008
Is evolution understood? Quantitative questions from a statistical mechanic
Daniel S. Fisher
Stanford University

May 8, 2008
Physics with Cold Atoms
Savas Dimopoulos
Stanford University

May 15, 2008
The Tevatron as a Probe of the Fundamental Particles and their Interactions in our Universe
Beate Heinemann
Lawrence Berkeley Lab

May 22, 2008
A perspective on the human predicament and some nanotech ideas about what we can do for energy near future
Jonathan D. Trent
Bioengineering Branch Protein Nanotechnology Group, NASA Ames Research Center

May 27, 2008
The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST)
Steven Ritz
Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA & University of Maryland

May 29,2008
Energy transport In one dimensional systems
Onuttom Narayan
Physics Department, UCSSC

June 5, 2008
The Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming
Brad Marston
Brown University