The Department hosts a regular weekly colloquium series featuring speakers from academia and industry. During Fall 2017, the colloquia will take place on Thursdays at 3 pm in BIOS 335. Refreshments are served first and talks will begin at 3:15 pm.
This week's colloquium
The 100 Year Odyssey from Einstein to Gravitational Waves
Prof. Emeritus Barry C. Barish, Caltech
Sept. 21, 3 pm, Golden Eagle Ballroom #3
Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves 100 years ago when Einstein thought they could never be detected. After 40 years of controversy, theorists finally developed a consensus that they really do exist. Then, the problem became whether experimental physicists could develop instruments sensitive enough to actually detect them? The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), using exquisitely sensitive techniques, has made the dramatic observations of gravitational waves coming from the collision of two Black Holes. These observations have opened a totally new window on the universe. The history, techniques, and initial observations will be discussed.
"Supermassive Star Formation"
Dr. Christine Corbett Moran, Caltech
"Studying the Epoch of Reionization with mm-Wavelength Instruments."
Dr. Abigail Crites, Caltech
“Observations of the Diffuse Universe”
Dr. Erika Hamden, Caltech
“Black Hole Mergers in Galactic Nuclei Induced by the Eccentric Kozai-Lidov Effect”
Bao-Minh Hoang, UCLA
Title - TBD
Dr. Ni Ni, UCLA
"Investigating the Early Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems with Sub-mm and Radio Interferometers"
Dr. Luca Ricci, Rice University
“Exploring Novel Relativistic Mott Insulators in the 2-dimensional Limit”
Dr. Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, Cal State Long Beach
“Sculpting Crystals with Light -- Optical Blasting Deforms Colloidal Crystal Grains”
Dr. Sharon J. Gerbode, Harvey Mudd College
"Observation of Multipoles in the Solid State by Means of Ultrasound"
Prof. Tatsuya Yanagisawa, Hokkaido University
"Setting the Initial Conditions for Planets: The Young Circumstellar Disk"
Prof. Leslie Looney, University of Illinois