Department Colloquia

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Magic Angle Graphene: the twist and shout of quantum materials"

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

The understanding of strongly-correlated quantum matter has challenged physicists for decades. Such difficulties have stimulated new research paradigms, such as ultra-cold atom lattices for…

Primakoff Lecture: "The life and death of turbulence "

Nigel Goldenfeld (University of Illinois)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

Turbulence is the last great unsolved problem of classical physics. But there is no consensus on what it would mean to actually solve this problem. In this colloquium, I propose that turbulence is most…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Margaret Murnane (University of Colorado)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

Past Department Colloquia

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Quantifying Hidden Order Out of Equilibrium"

Paul Chaikin (New York University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

We introduce a simple idea enabling the quantification of organization in non-equilibrium and equilibrium systems, even when the form of order is unknown: 'It takes less information to describe an ordered…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Exploring beyond the Standard Model with Lattice QCD"

Amy Nicholson (University of North Carolina)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

While the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics has been enormously successful in describing the world around us, there still remain many important and unanswered questions requiring…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Interstellar Objects"

Greg Laughlin (Yale University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

During the past two years, two objects -- 1I 2017 'Oumuamua and C/2019 Borisov -- have been observed to pass through the Solar System after arriving from interstellar space. 'Oumuamua presented a series…

Rittenhouse Lecture: “The Illustris TNG hydrodynamic simulation of the Universe”

Lars Hernquist (Harvard University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

A predictive theory of galaxy formation remains elusive, even after more than 50 years of dedicated effort by many renowned astrophysicists.  The problem of galaxy formation is made difficult by the large range in…

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: "Finding Other Earths – New Frontiers in Exoplanet Science with Next-Generation Doppler Spectrometers"

Cullen Blake (University of Pennsylvania)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

The Doppler technique is a key tool for discovering and characterizing planets orbiting other stars. By measuring periodic shifts in stellar spectral…