Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 4:10pm to 5:10pm  ·  Colloquium
Dr. Alexander Tchekhovskoy, UC Berkeley

Abstract: Black holes are responsible for a wide range of astrophysical phenomena. They devour stars, emit gravitational waves, eject relativistic jets, affect star formation and galaxy evolution, and enrich the Universe with heavy elements. I will discuss how global general relativistic magnetized fluid dynamics numerical simulations allow us to use this activity to quantitatively probe strong-field gravity and constrain black hole physics in a wide range of astrophysical systems. I will finish by making connections to my future research plans.

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm  ·  Colloquium
Dr. Francois Foucart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Abstract: Black holes and neutron stars are extraordinary astrophysical laboratories. They allow us to test the laws of gravity and nuclear physics in extreme environments which cannot be reproduced on Earth. In this talk, I will discuss efforts to model these compact objects in two classes of astrophysical systems: mergers of black hole-neutron star and neutron star-neutron star binaries, and accretion disks around supermassive black holes. The first are powerful sources of gravitational waves, and emit bright electromagnetic transients.

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
Prof. Oleg Tchernyshyov, The Johns Hopkins University

Magnets host a variety of solitons: domain walls, vortices, and skyrmions, to name a few. Protected by their nontrivial topology, these solitons can be used for storing and processing information. This motivates us to build economic, yet realistic models of soliton dynamics in magnets. I will review the behavior of magnetic solitons in one, two, and three dimensions. 

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
Prof. Matthew White, University of Vermont

Solution-processed semiconductor devices, including perovskite and organic photovoltaics and organic LEDs, are inherently thin-film technologies. Therefore.

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 4:00pm  ·  Colloquium
Prof. Marc Lessard, University of New Hampshire

The Sun delivers energy to Earth in the form of a magnetized plasma called the solar wind. As that plasma impacts Earth’s magnetic field, a variety of processes evolve that enable the transfer of much of that energy to our ionosphere, producing spectacular auroral displays in the process. Not surprisingly, some of the energy is also transferred to our neutral upper atmosphere (the "thermosphere”).

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm  ·  Colloquium
Prof. Joe Checkelsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract:  A goal of the exploration of new quantum materials is the development of solid state systems with new functionalities.  Topological Insulators are a new class of quantum materials which have recently become of great interest to the physics community- these materials have electronic states that are in some ways fundamentally more robust against disorder than conventional electronic systems.  At the forefront of research in these systems is the attempt to capitalize on this unique aspect of these materials to realize new electronic capabilities.  Here we review our

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm  ·  Colloquium
  • 02:00pm – 02:20pm: Nicholas Marcellino: Using Monte Carlo Simulations to Model Positron Clouds in Thunderstorms
  • 02:20pm – 02:40pm: Brendan Batty, Lisa Bouchard, Tessa Gorte, Patrick Hampson, Daniel Jellis Brent Lawson, Aaron Rago: Induction into Sigma Pi Sigma
  • 03:10pm – 03:30pm: Zain Abbas: Analyzing the Efficiency of a Mass Spectrometer for Magnetospheric Observations
  • 03:30pm – 03:50pm: Dereck Gervais: Developing and Assessing Viscosity Curriculum for Introductory Physics for the Life Science
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm  ·  Colloquium
Dr Ningyu Liu


Friday, April 15, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm  ·  Colloquium
Tracy Slayter, MIT

Abstract: Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, and is one of the strongest pieces of evidence for new fundamental physics. But dark matter does not interact directly with light, making it very difficult to detect except by its gravity. I will describe how dark matter collisions might produce high-energy particles observable by Earth-based telescopes, and how we can attempt to tease out those signals from the background.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm  ·  Colloquium
Dr. Eric Grove

Abstract:  Thunderstorms are nature's most powerful terrestrial particle accelerators.  The high-voltage, high-current electrical discharges of lightning are a familiar feature of a summer storm, but only recently have we come to learn that cloud-to-ground lightning strokes are accompanied by bursts of X-rays, that thunderstorms glow in gamma rays, and that storms occasionally produce intense flashes of gamma rays and launch charged particles into space at relativistic energies.