Events

  • Condensed Matter seminar: "Roughness-induced criticality and the statistical mechanics of turbulence in pipes and soap films"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Nigel Goldenfeld, University of Illinois

    Are fluid turbulence and critical phenomena analogous to one another? In this talk, I explain that this connection may be deeper than has been previously thought. Indeed, I argue that one can use these insights to understand turbulence, in an attempt to emulate the pattern of discovery which led to the solution of the phase transition problem.

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  • High Energy Seminar: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2N36

    Mark Mezei (Princeton)

  • Math-Bio seminar: "Grand challenges in phylogenomics"

    Carolyn Lynch Laboratory, 318

    Tandy Warnow, University of Illinois

    Estimating the Tree of Life will likely involve a two-step procedure, where in the first step trees are estimated on many genes, and then the gene trees are combined into a tree on all the taxa. However, the true gene trees may not agree with with the species tree due to biological processes such as deep coalescence, gene duplication and loss, and horizontal gene transfer.

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  • Astro Seminar: TBA

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Jia Liu (Princeton)

  • Condensed Matter seminar: "Engineering new materials from old materials"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Cory Dean, Columbia University

    Graphene is probably the best known "exfoliatable" material, in which a  two-dimensional sheet of carbons atoms, just one atom thick, can be peeled from a bulk piece of graphite.  However this represents just one of a larger class of van der Waals materials, in which atomic monolayers can be mechanically isolated from the bulk.  The capability to integrate these materials with one another provides an exciting  opportunity  in which we can "mix and match" the constituent material properties, by fabrication of multi-layered heterostructures.  In this talk

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  • Math-Bio seminar: "Dimensionality reduction in the analysis of human genetics data"

    Carolyn Lynch Laboratory, 318

    Petros Drineas, Purdue University

    Dimensionality reduction algorithms have been widely used for data analysis in numerous application domains including the study of human genetics. For instance, linear dimensionality reduction techniques (such as Principal Components Analysis) have been extensively applied in population genetics. In this talk we will discuss such applications and their implications for human genetics.

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  • Condensed Matter seminar: "Quantum control and quantum error correction with superconducting circuits"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Mazyar Mirrahimi, INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation)

    The development of quantum Josephson circuits has created a strong expectation for reliable processing of quantum information. Active quantum error correction (QEC) is regarded as the next major step towards building a many-qubit (quantum bit) quantum processor, which is robust against dissipation/decoherence. To implement QEC, the quantum information is redundantly encoded in a high-dimensional Hilbert space of a quantum system.

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  • Primakoff Lecture: From (Astro)particle Physics to Applications: The Role of Scientific Institutes for the Development of Society

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

    Rolf Heuer (CERN) Hosted by Joe Kroll

    With the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, particle physics entered a new era. The LHC project will provide a deeper understanding of the universe and the insights gained could change our view of the world.

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  • Math-Bio seminar: "TBA"

    Carolyn Lynch Laboratory, 318

    Erol Akcay, University of Pennsylvania

  • Astro Seminar: (TBA)

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Emmanuel Schaan (Princeton)