• Astronomy seminar: "The Hunt for Exomoons"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6

    David Kipping, Columbia University

    Since astronomers first started detecting exoplanets, interest in possible exomoons soon followed. Moons could be habitable worlds in their own right but also influence the habitability of planets they orbit. Besides from habitability, discovering moons would provide rich insights into the formation and evolution of planetary systems, potentially revealing the banality/uniqueness of our own solar system’s architecture.

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  • Condensed Matter Seminar: "Taming Quantum Entanglement"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6

    Matthew Fisher, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Non-local quantum entanglement - “spooky action at a distance” - is the key feature that dis- tinguishes quantum from classical systems. The entanglement-entropy provides a measure of en- tanglement and for many-body systems is intimately connected to the thermal-entropy. Out of equilibrium, in a driven system or after a quantum quench, entanglement spreads ballistically with maximal entropy attained at long times - that is, complete disorder reigns. But not (always!) with life on earth! Why?

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  • Experimental Particle Physics Seminar: "Recent results from T2K"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2C2

    Alysia Marino, University of Colorado

  • Security and Donuts (and 2-Step enrollment)

    Physics Faculty Lounge

    Nick Salvatore, Chris Lake, and Shaheen Beg

    In observance of National CyberSecurity Awareness Month, Nick Salvatore, Chris Lake, and Shaheen Beg will be hosting an Information Security Outreach day next week. If you need help with setting up 2-Step Authentication, have questions about how secure your research data is, or if you just like donuts, stop by our event!

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  • Astronomy seminar: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6

    Barth Netterfield, University of Toronto

  • Condensed Matter Seminar: "Adhering, wrapping, and bursting of fluid membranes: understanding effects of membrane-binding particles and polymers"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6

    Anthony (Tony) Dinsmore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Proteins and membranes form remarkably complex structures that are key to intracellular compartmentalization, cargo transport, and cell morphology. Despite this wealth of examples in living systems, we still lack design principles for controlling membrane morphology in synthetic systems. With experiments and simulations, we show that even the simple case of spherical nanoparticles binding to lipid-bilayer membrane vesicles results in a remarkably rich set of morphologies that can be reliably controlled via the particle binding energy.

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  • Astronomy seminar: "TBA"

    David Rittehouse Laboratory, A6

    Benjamin Racine, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

  • Condensed Matter Seminar: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6

    Keith Nelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Experimental Particle Physics Seminar: "Short-range correlation studies in nuclei"

    David Rittehouse Laboratory, 2C2

    Or Hen, MIT

  • Rittenhouse Lecture

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

    George P. Efstathiou, University of Cambridge and Kavli Institute for Cosmology