Each semester, the School of Physics invites a variety of speakers to come and share their exciting research with students and faculty at Georgia Tech. All students and faculty are invited.

Recent Submissions

  • Ultra-high Resolution Astronomical imaging using quantum properties of light 

    Kieda, David B. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-01)
    Ever since the first astronomical telescope observations made by Galileo (1610), optical astronomy has developed increasingly sophisticated methods for exploring the universe using only the classical (wave-description) ...
  • SETI: Any Closer to a Discovery? 

    Shostak, Seth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-24)
    Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean that finding biology beyond ...
  • The American Physical Society Report on the Status of LGBT People in Physics 

    Atherton, Tim (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-04-16)
    In this talk, I’ll discuss climatic issues faced by LGBT people in Physics, informed by findings of the recent American Physical Society report on the status of LGBT people in Physics. This report was prepared for the APS ...
  • Arch and scaffold: Hilbert space and transformation theory 

    Janssen, Michel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-04-02)
    In early 1927, Paul Dirac and Pascual Jordan, independently of one another, published their versions of a general formalism tying the various forms of the new quantum theory together and giving the theory’s statistical ...
  • Ion Hydration and Effective Charge 

    Pincus, Philip A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-03-26)
    Ions in water are typically understood to be hydrated, i.e. the appropriate water dipolar orientations point toward the charge (which is here taken to be of spherical symmetry). Depending on the specific charge, these ...
  • Life in the Universe 

    Loeb, Abraham (Avi) (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-03-12)
    Is life most likely to emerge at the present cosmic time around a star like the Sun? Loeb will review the habitability throughout cosmic history from the birth of the first stars 30 million years after the Big Bang to the ...
  • Many-body Entanglement and Tensor Networks 

    Evenbly, Glen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-02-12)
    Quantum many-body systems are difficult to study because the space of possible many-body states is huge: its dimension grows exponentially in the system size. However, in recent years progress in our understanding of quantum ...
  • Local temperature Ansatz: A novel quantum entanglement based approach for solving strongly correlated systems 

    Vaezi, Abolhassan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-02-05)
    The exact solution to interacting quantum problems is, in general, an exponentially hard task due to the exponential growth of the Hilbert space with the system size. As a result, despite extensive research during the past ...
  • Hierarchical Self-Assembly in Liquid Crystals a Rich Menu of Basic Science and Technology from the Origin of Life to Trillion Dollar Markets 

    Clark, Noel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-01-29)
    The study of liquid crystals occupies a central place in materials science, serving as a context for encountering and using a variety of exotic structural themes of molecular organization, particularly of soft matter. A ...
  • The crumpled state: crumpling dynamics and the evolution of damage networks 

    Rubinstein, Shmuel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12-04)
    The simple process of crumpling a sheet of paper with our hands results in a complex network of interconnected permanent creases of many sizes and orientations. Sheet preferentially bends along these creases, introducing ...
  • Search Levitation by Casimir forces in and out of equilibrium 

    Kardar, Mehran (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-27)
    A generalization of Earnshaw's theorem constrains the possibility of levitation by Casimir forces in equilibrium. The scattering formalism, which forms the basis of this proof, can be used to study fluctuation-induced ...
  • Loop Quantum Gravity: A Bird’s Eye View 

    Ashtekar, Abhay (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-13)
    After a brief overview of quantum gravity as a whole, Dr. Ashtekar will explain the basics of Loop Quantum Gravity and its applications to some long standing questions: the nature of the very early universe and the ultimate ...
  • From Microstructure to Morphology: Topological Defects and Shape Evolution in Soft Matter 

    Selinger, Robin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-06)
    Soft materials with orientational order can undergo dramatic shape transformations driven by change of temperature or other stimuli. Nematic elastomers, a form of liquid crystal polymer, have been patterned with topological ...
  • Observing the signature of a single prolific r-process event in an ultra-faint dwarf galaxy 

    Frebel, Anna (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-23)
    The heaviest chemical elements in the periodic table are synthesized through the rapid neutron-capture (r-) process but the astrophysical site where r-process nucleosynthesis occurs is still unknown. The best candidate ...
  • Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics: a growing frontier of "pure and applied" theoretical physics 

    Zia, Royce K. P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-09-25)
    Founded over a century ago, statistical mechanics for systems in thermal equilibrium has been so successful that, nowadays, it forms part of our physics core curriculum. On the other hand, most of "real life" phenomena ...
  • Neutrons as a unique tool for research 

    Tennant, Alan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-08-28)
    Neutrons provide an essential and complementary probe of matter with unique sensitivity to light atoms and magnetic phenomena. As part of a Department of Energy initiative to define the future needs and impact of neutrons ...
  • Exploring Quantum Electronic Transport in Flatland 

    Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04-10)
    Over the past decade, the physics of low dimensional electronic systems has been revolutionized by the discovery of materials with very unusual electronic properties where the behavior of the electrons is governed by the ...
  • Course Reform MIT Style: Student Evaluations vs. Scientific Evidence 

    Pritchard, David E. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04-03)
    The evaluation of most course reforms typically rests heavily on teacher and student evaluations; I’ll argue that this is unwise. In contrast, I’ll discuss course reform MIT style: select objectives, adopt metrics, experiment, ...
  • Quantum FM Radio for Quantum Computing 

    Schuster, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-03-27)
    Individual superconducting qubits have seen impressive improvements in nearly all aspects over the past decade and now sit at the threshold of being able to perform quantum error correction. Scaling to larger numbers of ...
  • Reviving Creativity in Our Introductory Physics Labs 

    Selen, Mats (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-01-30)
    Approaching a question without fear, coming up with an idea, designing a test to see if the idea might be right, revising the idea (or the question), and trying again when your results take you someplace unexpected. These ...

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