• Friday, December 1, 2017 - 3:10pm to 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
    Shawna Hollen, UNH

    Despite our thousands of years of experience developing textiles, we did not expect two-dimensional crystals could exist. And even if they did, what use could a single-atom-thick fabric have? Surely, its properties would be worse than the 3D counterpart. So when a single layer of carbon atoms (graphene) was isolated in 2004—and was stronger than any material ever measured and had electrons that exhibited room-temperature quantum coherence over micrometer distances—it took the world by surprise.

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:40pm to 1:30pm  ·  Colloquium
    Harald Kucharek, UNH

    Particle acceleration is one of the most fundamental physical processes in the plasma Universe. The heliosphere is an ideal laboratory for investigating these processes of particle acceleration because one can observe the basic mechanisms in situ. There are no times or conditions under which the so-called suprathermal ions are not present in the solar wind ion distribution.  Ions can be energized up to tens of MeV/nucleon at interplanetary shocks driven by coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and by co-rotating interaction regions (CIRs).

  • Monday, November 20, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm  ·  Colloquium
    Quintin Schiller, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

    Abstract: Traditionally, there has been a massive technical and financial barrier preventing access to near-Earth space.  However, in recent years, CubeSats have greatly reduced the resources required to put hardware into space.  Crowd-sourced payloads, satellites built by elementary schools, and 50 spacecraft constellations are all CubeSat missions that have launched in the past few years.  Instead of asking “can I put something into space?”, you can now realistically ask “what should I put into space?”.  Be careful though; just like airplanes on Earth, weather is importan

  • Friday, November 17, 2017 - 3:10am to 4:00am  ·  Colloquium
    William Brooks, USM Valparaiso, Chile

    QCD, the theory of the strong interaction, has three conserved color charges, just as QED has one conserved electric charge. Due to the QCD property of confinement, these charges are not visible in isolation, but rather are only found in color-neutral combinations, the mesons and baryons. However, color can be briefly liberated in high-energy scattering interactions, and can travel relatively long distances before coalescing back into color-neutral systems.

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 3:10pm to 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
    Jiadong Zang, UNH

    Abstract: Topology is an ancient subject in mathematics that was concluded having no relevance to physics. However, recent development of condensed matter physics gives birth to many topological phenomena. In magnetism, topological spin textures are emergent, including domain walls, vortices, and skyrmions. Chiral magnets are such platforms. They are a series of magnets with broken inversion symmetry.

  • Friday, November 3, 2017 - 3:10pm to 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
    Jim Connell, University of New Hampshire

    High energy (> 1 MeV) particles (ions and electrons) in space are a rich field of study that have many scientific, but also practical, implications.  A continuous source is Galactic cosmic rays.  GCR’s are ions and electrons accelerated in our Galaxy and confined by the Galactic magnetic field, forming a non-thermal gas that diffuses through, but also slowly escapes, the Galaxy.  Another continuous sources are the anomalous cosmic rays, which are believed to be local interstellar gas neutral atoms that becomes ionized in the Solar system and then accelerated at the termination shock.  

  • Friday, October 27, 2017 - 3:10pm to 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
    David Mattingly, University of New Hampshire

    Quantum gravity, or the merger of general relativity with quantum mechanics, is one of the great unsolved problems in physics.  The difficulties with quantum gravity are conceptual, technical, and experimental:   models for quantum gravity force us to change our very notions of space and time, are often difficult to calculate in, and are very difficult to test.  After a brief introduction to the overall problem of quantum gravity, I will describe some of the progress over the past two decades in developing a useful phenomenology.  I will focus in particular on how experimental tests of spac

  • Friday, October 20, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
    Prof. Mohit Randeria, Ohio State University

    AbstractThe crossover from Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) pairing to a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of tightly bound pairs, with increasing attraction between fermions, has long been of interest in theoretical physics.

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
    Dr. Peter Fischer, Berkeley Lawrence National Laboratory

    Abstract: Nanomagnetism research which aims to understand and control magnetic properties and behavior on the nanoscale through proximity and confinement, is currently shifting its focus to emerging phenomena occurring on mesoscopic scales.  New avenues to control magnetic materials open up through enhanced complexity and new functionalities, which can impact the speed, size and energy efficiency of spin driven applications.

  • Friday, October 6, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm  ·  Colloquium
    David Mattingly, UNH

    On Tuesday, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for the Detection of Gravitational Waves.  The UNH Physics Department invites all members of the Community for a Public talk this Friday, October 6 in DeMeritt Hall, Room 240 on gravitational waves:  what they are, how they are generated, how we detect them, and why they will open new windows into our universe.