Past Events

  • High Energy Theory: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2N36

    Matthew Schwartz (Harvard)

  • "Close Up and Far Away"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory and the Singh Center

    A large group of Physicists will host an event called "Close Up and Far Away" where the public will have access to tour Physics and Astronomy Professor Mark Devlin's High Bay, see the clean room at the Singh Center as well as talk to various researchers about the projects they work on.

    In addition, researchers from CERN in Switzerland will show off condensed matter labs, and several astronomy projects will be presented to illustrate various features of their experiments. 


  • Clark Park Discovery Day

    Clark Park Philadelphia (4398 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

    Join Physics grad students as they do demos ranging from making comets, to exploring how optics work, making a scale (volume) model of the solar system and more. 


  • Physics & Astronomy Outreach for Wavelength: Astronomy Night

    The Hawthorne Cultural Arts Center (beginning on 9th and Carpenter Streets) 1200 Carpenter St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Physics Graduate students will lead observing sessions around the city as part of the Astronomy Night for the Science Festival.


  • Condensed Matter seminar: "Non-linear elasticity and relaxation in polymer networks and soft tissues"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Paul Janmey, University of Pennsylvania

    The stiffness of tissues in which cells are embedded has effects on cell structure and function that can act independently of or override chemical stimuli.

  • Astro Seminar: "The Circumgalactic Medium"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Molly Peeples (STSCI)

    The circumgalactic medium (CGM) serves as a fuel supply, waste dump, and recycling center for galaxies' baryons and metals. Our empirical understanding of this vast reservoir of gas surrounding galaxies has been revolutionized in the seven years since the installation of the Cosmic Origins Spectrographic (COS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. I will review the observational landscape of the low-redshift CGM and how it is challenging prevailing theories of galaxy evolution.

  • Math-Bio seminar: "TBA"

    Carolyn Lynch Laboratory, room 318

    Amaury Lambert, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

  • High Energy Theory: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2N36

    Paul S. Aspinwall (Duke)

  • Condensed Matter seminar: "Engineering spin-cavity interactions with quantum dot molecules"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Patrick Vora, George Mason University

    Quantum information based on optical cavities often utilizes atomic Λ-systems consisting of two Zeeman split levels connected by common excited states. However, the exploration of solid-state Λ-systems coupled to cavities is only now beginning. Long-lived spin states in charged InAs quantum dots (QDs) are known to form a Λ-system and have been demonstrated as an optically addressable spin qubit [1].

  • Astro Seminar: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Paul Martini (Ohio State)

    The tight correlation between the stellar mass and gas-phase metallicity of galaxies is a valuable diagnostic of galaxy evolution. The physical processes that determine the mass-metallicity relation include the inflow rate of relatively pristine gas from the intergalactic medium, metal production in stars, and metal ejection via galactic winds.