Department Colloquia

Upcoming Department Colloquia

Colloquium: "TBA"

Bo Zhen (University of Pennsylvania)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Colloquium: Quantum Hall physics in a quantum Foucault pendulum

Richard Fletcher (MIT)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

When charged particles are placed in a magnetic field, the single-particle energy states form discrete, highly-degenerate Landau levels. Since all states within a Landau level have the same energy,…

Rittenhouse Lecture: An imperfect view of the Universe

Alan Heavens (Imperial College London)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Our most expensive telescopes make exquisite images of the distant Universe, but however good the telescope, the images are flawed.  The light has been on a long journey, navigating through the rich array…

Colloquium: "TBA"

Stephen Taylor (Vanderbilt University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Colloquium: "TBA"

- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Past Department Colloquia

Colloquium: "The First 250 Years of Physics and Astronomy at Penn"

Paul Heiney (University of Pennsylvania Emeritus)
- DRL A4

The histories of physics and astronomy at Penn will be presented primarily through the lives of prominent individuals, culminating in the 1994 merger of the Physics and Astronomy Departments.  We…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "A New Way of doing Astrophysics with Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST)"

Beth Willman (LSSTC )
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) is 10-year long NSF and DOE-funded experiment that will soon begin an unprecedented movie of half of the sky, tracking changes from…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "The 'Who Ordered That' Collider"

Nathaniel Craig (University of California, Santa Barbara)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

In this talk, I’ll survey some of the major open questions in particle physics and make the case that they can best be addressed by a qualitatively new type of particle accelerator: a high-energy muon…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Light from Dark Matter through Cosmic History"

Tracy Slatyer (MIT)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

84% of the matter in the universe is "dark", presently invisible to us except through its gravitational interactions. However, even tiny interactions between dark and visible matter could have striking…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Using Deep Learning as a Last Resort?!"

Shirley Ho (Flatiron Institute)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

For the last 10 years, we have seen a rapid adoption of deep learning techniques across many disciplines, ranging from self-driving vehicles, credit card rating to biomedicine. Along with this wave, we…