COLLOQUIA & SEMINARS

SPRING 2011

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
Thursdays at 4 pm in Thimann 1

April 7
Sasha Sher (UCSC)
From Photoreceptors to the Brain: Encoding of Color Information by Retinal Circuitry

April 14
Frank Bridges (UCSC)
How small changes in the atomic unit cell control macroscopic physical properties:
examples from complex oxides

April 21
Marcia Rieke (Arizona)
A 40-Mpixel Camera for the James Webb Space Telescope

April 28
Scott Thomas (Rutgers)
The Coming Era of Discovery at the Large Hadron Collider

May 5
Laura Greene (Illinois)
High Temperature Superconductors: From Broken Symmetries to the Power Grid

May 12
Philip Phillips (Illinois)
Mottness and Holography: Strange Metal from UV-IR Mixing

May 19
Stanley Whitcomb (Caltech)
Building a Global Gravitational Wave Telescope

May 26
Tor Raubenheimer (Stanford)
Advanced Accelerator Concepts for Colliders: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

June 2
Sue Carter (UCSC)
Next Generation Photovoltaics

CONDENSED MATTER
Fridays at 2 in ISB 231

April 8
Rajiv Singh (UCD)
Candidate Quantum Spin Liquids in Experiments and Theory

April 15
Victor Martin-Mayor (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Numeric Study of the Effective Potential at the Fluid-Solid Coexistence of Hard Spheres

April 22
R. Shankar(Yale)
Postcards from the Edge

April 29
Asa Auerback (Stanford/Technion Israel)
Lattice Bosons: a paradigm strongly fluctuating superconductors and "bad metals"

May 6
Dimitris Achlioptas (UCSC)
Phase Transitions as Barriers to Efficient Algorithms

May 20
Emil Yuzbashyan (Rutgers)
Integrability, energy level crossings, and exact solution in quantum models

May 27
Sriram Shastry (UCSC)
Theory of Extreme Correlations in High Tc Systems

June 3
Daniel Hansen
Split Hubbard Bands at Low Density

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WINTER 2011

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
Thursdays at 4 pm in Thimann 1

January 7 (FRIDAY in ISB 102)
Dieter Vollhardt (U Augsburg, Germany)
Electronic Correlations in Models an Materials

January 13
Gary Horowitz (UCSB)
The Remarkable Power of General Relativity

January 20
John Harte (UCB)
Maximum Entropy and Ecology: A Unified Theory of Distribution, Abundance, and Energetics

January 27
Giorgio Gratta (Stanford)
Neutrinos from Hell: the Dawn of Neutrino Geophysics

February 3
Walter Kohn (UCSB)
A World Powered Predominantly by Solar and Wind Energy

February 10
Michael Nauenberg (UCSC)
Kitchen Sink Experiments in Fluid Flow

February 17
Harold Hwang (Stanford)
Emergent Phenomena at Oxide Interfaces

February 24
Joe  Polchinski (UCSB)
Duality and Holography

March 3
Peter Graham (Stanford)
Fundamental Physics with Atom Interferometry

March 10
Maxim Olshanii (U Mass)
The Memory of Initial Conditions in the Dynamics of Isolated Quantum Systems

CONDENSED MATTER
Fridays at 2 pm in ISB 231

January 14
Mehran Kardar (MIT)
Manipulating Fluctuation-Induced Forces

January 28
Gil Rafael (Caltech)
Putting Floquet Hamiltonians to work: topological phases and Dyson
singularity in time periodic hamiltonians

February 11
Kai Liu (UCD)
Chirality control and vortex manipulation in asymmetric Co dots

February 18
Andrea Montanari (Stanford)
Geometric Inference Problems

February 25
Alex Dunn (Stanford)
Using Single Molecule Measurements to Study Cellular Force Sensors

March 4
Michael Dennin (UCR)
Breaking Foams: How can Liquid Foams Fracture like a Solid?

March 11
Marc Bockrath (UCR)
Carbon Nanoelectronics and Sensors


FALL 2010

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
Thursdays at 4 pm in Thimann 1

Sept. 30
Jason Nielson (UCSC)
First Results from the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider

Oct. 7
Bernardo Huberman (Hewlett-Packard)
The Dynamics of Social Attention

Oct. 14
Arthur Ramirez (UCSC)
Frustration in Magnetic Materials and Other Condensed Matter Systems

Oct. 21
Ryan Patterson (Caltech)
Neutrino Physics at MINOS and NOvA

Oct. 28
Pablo Saz Parkinson (SCIPP)
Fermi Large Area Telescope Results on Gamma-Ray Pulsars

Nov. 4
Peter Sturrock (Stanford)
Evidence for a Solar Influence on Nuclear Decay Rates

Nov. 18
Ewe Bergmann (SLAC)
Undulator Hall of the LCLS Where X-Rays are Brought to Lasing

TUESDAY, NOV. 30
Chandra Varma (UCR)
How do Electrons attract each other so that metals superconduct:
From Low temperature Superconductivity in Hg to High Temperature Superconductivity in Cuprates


CONDENSED MATTER SEMINAR
Fridays at 2 pm in ISB 231

Oct. 1
Arthur Ramirez
(UCSC)
Rationalizing the Exotic Properties of Oxides

Oct. 8
Nikolai Prokofiev
(U Mass)
Solution of the Dirty-Boson Problem

Oct. 15
James Analytis (Stanford)
Two-Dimensional Dirac Fermions in a Topological Insulator: Transport in the Quantum Limit

Oct. 22
Christopher Varney (Georgetown U)
Interaction Effects and Quantum Phase Transitions in Topological Insulators

Oct. 29
Claire Lhuillier (Paris, France)
Spontaneous Chiral Symmetry Breaking States:  Classical
Phases and Spin Liquids

Nov. 5
Marcos Rigol (Georgetown U)
Breakdown of Thermalization in Finite One-Demensional Systems

Nov. 19
Gey-Hong Gweon (UCSC)
Momentum-space electronic structure and charge order of high-temperature Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2 and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta superconductors

Dec. 3
Tapan Mishra (Georgetown University)
Search for the Supersolid Phase in Ultracold Bosons in 1D Optical Lattice

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