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

  • Thin film topological insulators: where do we stand and where are we headed? 

    Oh, Seongshik (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-10-17)
    About a decade ago, a little after graphene was discovered, a few theoretical physicists proposed that all solids can be grouped into different classes according to their band structure topologies: depending on which group ...
  • High Energy Time Domain Astronomy with Swift and Beyond 

    Hartmann, Dieter H. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-10-03)
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) Explorer was launched in 2004 with two objectives: 1) To precisely localize GRBs and promptly relay their positions to other observatories; and, 2) To characterize the GRB afterglow phase ...
  • Statistical mechanics of the phase transition to turbulence: zonal flows, ecological collapse and extreme value statistics 

    Goldenfeld, Nigel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-04-21)
    How do fluids become turbulent as their flow velocity is increased? In recent years, careful experiments in pipes and Taylor-Couette systems have revealed that the lifetime of transient turbulent regions in a fluid appears ...
  • Synchronization in Populations of Chemical Oscillators: Quorum Sensing, Phase Clusters and Chimeras 

    Showalter, Kenneth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-11-30)
    We have studied large, heterogeneous populations of discrete chemical oscillators (~100,000) to characterize two different types of density-dependent transitions to synchronized behavior, a gradual Kuramoto synchronization ...
  • Building a Cell from the Bottom Up 

    Ross, Jennifer (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-11-09)
    Biology utilizes energy to organize itself from the nanoscale to the macroscopic scale. We seek to determine the universal principles of organization from the molecular scale that give rise to architecture on the cellular ...
  • The Statistical Mechanics of Graphene Membranes and Ribbons 

    Nelson, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-10-12)
    Understanding deformations of macroscopic thin plates and shells has a long and rich history, culminating with the Foeppl-von Karman equations in 1904. These highly nonlinear equations are characterized by a dimensionless ...
  • Quantum Crystals, Quantum Computing, Quantum Cognition 

    Fisher, Matthew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-10-05)
    Quantum mechanics is down to earth - quite literally - since the electrons within the tiny crystals found in a handful of dirt manifest a dizzying world of quantum motion. Each crystal has it’s own unique choreography, ...
  • Seeing the Light: J. C. Bose and Table-Top Experimental Science 

    Roy, Rajarshi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-09-28)
    The eye and brain work together to form our impressions of reality. Our perspectives of what is happening around us can be influenced by perceptual reference frames and feedback loops. The complexity of visual processing ...
  • HAWC: A New Gamma-Ray Observatory to Probe Nature's Highest-Energy Accelerators 

    Westerhoff, Stefan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-09-21)
    In March 2015, Mexico and the U.S. inaugurated a new high-energy gamma-ray observatory near Puebla, Mexico: the HAWC (High-Altitude Water Cherenkov) Observatory. Located at 4,100 meters altitude, HAWC is a large field-of-view ...
  • Using Mechanistic Modeling to Understand Non-Linear and Age-Dependent Effects of Genetic Factors 

    McGrath, Patrick (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-08-31)
    Differences in DNA sequence between two individuals or cells can cause diseases like autism and cancer. The McGrath lab is interested in understanding how changes in DNA lead to observable differences among individuals of ...
  • Exoplanets in HD 

    Bean, Jacob (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-03-30)
    Exoplanet surveys have revealed an amazing diversity of planets orbiting other stars in the last two decades. Studying the atmospheres of representative exoplanets is the key next step in leveraging these detections to ...
  • Autonomous Motility in Soft Active Matter 

    Dogic, Zvonimir (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-04-06)
    The laws of equilibrium statistical mechanics impose severe constraints on the properties of conventional materials assembled from inanimate building blocks. Consequently, such materials cannot exhibit spontaneous motion ...
  • Hofstadter's Butterfly in the Strongly Interacting Regime 

    Dean, Cory (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-03-23)
    In 1976, Douglas Hofstadter predicted that in the presence of both a strong magnetic field, and a spatially varying periodic potential, Bloch electrons confined to a 2D quantum well exhibit a self-similar fractal energy ...
  • The Search for Modulated Superconductivity 

    Mueller, Erich (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-11-03)
    In the mid 60's, theoretical physicists came to the conclusion that a strong magnetic field could lead to a superconducting state where magnetism and superconductivity are interleaved on the nano-scale: tidal wave like ...
  • In Pursuit of Dark Matter: Recent Results from the SuperCDMS Experiment 

    Cooley, Jodi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-10-27)
    The existence of dark matter was first postulated by Jan Oort in1932 to account for the orbital velocities of stars in the Milky Way. Since that time, astrophysicists and astronomers have produced compelling evidence ...
  • Toward Progress for All: Statistics on the Physics Community 

    Ivie, Rachel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-10-20)
    The number of physics PhDs earned in 2012 reached an all-time high of more than 1700 doctorates, and the number of physics bachelor’s degrees doubled between 1999 and 2013. However, the recession of 2008 continues to ...
  • Optical Metamaterials: From Linear Responses to Nonlinear Interactions and Beyond 

    Cai, Wenshan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-10-06)
    Metamaterials are commonly viewed as artificially-structured media capable of realizing arbitrary effective parameters, in which metals and dielectrics are delicately combined to facilitate the index contrast and plasmonic ...
  • Walter Kohn and the Creation of Density Functional Theory 

    Zangwill, Andrew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-09-22)
    The theoretical physicist Walter Kohn was awarded one-half the 1998 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his mid-1960's creation of an approach to the many-particle problem in quantum mechanics called density functional theory ...
  • Hydrodynamics and Quantum Anomalies 

    Son, Dam Thanh (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-09-15)
    Hydrodynamics is the theory describing collective behaviors of fluids and gases. It has a very long history and is usually considered to belong to the realm of classical physics. In recent years, it has been found that, ...
  • The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NUSTAR) High-Energy X-Ray Mission: Bringing the High Energy Universe into Focus 

    Harrison, Fiona (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-09-08)
    The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, the first focusing high-energy X-ray (3 – 79 keV) telescope in orbit, extends sensitive X-ray observations above the band pass where Chandra and XMM-Newton operate. With an ...

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