Department Colloquia

Upcoming Department Colloquia

Rittenhouse Lecture: "Galaxy evolution and cosmology via the 21 cm line of atomic hydrogen"

Martha Haynes (Cornell University)
- See Zoom link below

The 21 cm line of atomic hydrogen (HI) provides a powerful probe of the cool-to-warm interstellar gas in galaxies. Virtually all star-forming galaxies contain a cool neutral component…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "TBA"

Harold F. Levison (Southwest Research Institute)
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Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "TBA"

Pablo Jarillo-Herrera (M.I.T.)
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Primakoff Lecture

Juan Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study)
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Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "TBA"

Chris Polly (Fermilab)
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Past Department Colloquia

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "A case for integrating solar geoengineering into climate policy"

David Keith (Harvard University)
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I will first review the science and technology of solar geoengineering, addressing the following Q’s: how effective could it be in reducing climate risks? What new risks does it entail? What is uncertain…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Biological tissues as mechanical metamaterials"

M. Lisa Manning (Syracuse University)
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Abstract: In multicellular organisms, properly programmed collective motion is required to form tissues and organs, and this programming breaks down in diseases like cancer. Recent experimental work…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "The synergy of biophysics and active materials" *POSTPONED*

Arnold Matthijssen (University of Pennsylvania)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8 (also see Zoom link below)

Understanding the physics of living systems allows us to design new materials that are active and adaptive, akin to cells and tissues. Conversely, these active matter systems can reveal fundamental…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Uncovering New Transport Regimes and Light-Induced Phases in Quantum Materials "

Margaret Murnane (University of Colorado – Boulder)
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High harmonic generation (HHG) is a unique quantum light source with fundamentally new capabilities, by up-converting femtosecond lasers to very short wavelengths. This produces fully spatially and…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Non-thermal pathways to quantum matter "

Martin Claassen (University of Pennsylvania)
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Quantum materials host a wide range of phenomena that challenge our physical understanding while offering intriguing possibilities for next-generation technologies. A promising direction towards…