Physics Research Conference 2010-11

The Physics Research Conference is held on Thursday at 4:00 P.M. in 201 E. Bridge, unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are served in 114 E. Bridge at 3:45 P.M. If that room is not available, they are served in 108 E. Bridge. All talks are intended for a broad audience, and everyone is encouraged to attend. 

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September 30

Douglas Finkbeiner
Harvard University

Giant Gamma-ray Bubbles in the inner Galaxy:
AGN Activity or Bipolar Galactic Wind?

Sean Carroll
October 7

Zhi-Xun Shen
Stanford University

Extraordinary Advances on
Photoemission Experiments

Nai-Chang Yeh

October 14

Dale Van Harlingen
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaigne

The Search for Complex Order Parameter Symmetry
in Unconventional Superconductors

Gil Refael

October 21

Laura Greene
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaigne

High-Temperature Superconductivity:
Emergent Phases, Broken Symmetries, and the Power Grid

Jim Eisenstein

October 28

Anthony Aguirre
UC Santa Cruz

Cosmological Intimations of Infinity

Sean Carroll

November 4

Edward Moses
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The National Ignition Facility: The Path to Ignition, High Energy Density Science
and Inertial Fusion Energy

Tom Tombrello

November 11

Till Rosenband

Al+ optical clocks for fundamental physics, geodesy, and quantum metrology

Jeff Kimble
November 18

Ian Spielman

Bose-Einstein condensates
and synthetic gauge fields

Jim Eisenstein

December 2

David Rutledge

Hubbert's Peak, The Coal Question, and Climate Change


January 6

Neal Weiner
New York University

The Force of the Dark Side

Maria Spiropulu
January 13

Philip W. Phillips
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

Mottness and Holography: Strange Metal from UV-IR Mixing

Maria Spiropulu

January 20

Nergis Mavalvala

Interferometric Gravitational-wave Detectors: Giant Quantum Machines


January 27

John Monnier
University of Michigan

Imaging the Surfaces of Stars

Sunil Golwala
February 3

John Thomas
Duke University

A Tale of Quantum Viscosity in Universal Fermi Gases

Anton Kapustin
February 10

Mikhail Lukin
Harvard University

Exploring New Frontiers of Quantum Optical Science

Gil Refael
February 17

Nergis Mavalvala

Interferometric Gravitational-wave Detectors: Giant Quantum Machines

February 24

John Johnson

Giant Planets in the Stellar Mass-Metallicity Plane

Tom Prince

March 3

Gil Refael

Messy magnets and dirty superfluids

Jim Eisenstein

March 31

Donald K. Yeomans
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Near-Earth Comets and Asteroids

Tom Prince
April 7

David Awschalom

Engaging spins in semiconductors for quantum information processing

Nai-Chang Yeh

April 14

John O. Dabiri

A new approach to wind energy

Tom Prince

April 21

Andrew Cleland
UC Santa Barbara

Quantum light and sound

Michael Roukes

April 28

Mark Trodden
University of Pennsylvania

Pushing Einstein's Boundaries: Gravitational Approaches to the Challenges of Modern Cosmology

Sean Carroll

May 5

Michael M. Watkins
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Gravity Mapping and Climate Monitoring: Past and Future

Sean Carroll

May 12

Victoria Stodden
Columbia University

Technology and the Scientific Method: Tools and Policies for Addressing the Credibility Crisis in Computational Science

Maria Spiropulu
May 19

Jocelyn Monroe

Directional Detection: Searching for the Dark Matter Wind

Sunil Golwala

May 26

Talk cancelled

2009-2010 Physics Research Conference Lecture series can be found here

Please send inquiries or correspondence to Sheri K Stoll, sstoll at caltech(dot)edu