Colloquia Archives

Winter Quarter 2024

AY 2023/2024

Winter Quarter Colloquium Committee: Aharon Kapitulnik (Chair), Mark Kasevich, Daniel Fisher.

Colloquiums are held Tuesdays at 3:30 in Hewlett 201. DATE

1/16/2024Steve KivelsonStanford UniversityAharon KapitulnikVideo: Fractionalization and emergent gauge symmetries in quantum condensed matter
1/23/2024Asimina ArvanitakiPerimeter InstituteSavas DimopoulosVideo: The distribution of the Cosmic Neutrino Background on the surface of the Earth
1/30/2024 - Canceled, no colloquium.Canceled: Michel MilinkovitchUniversity of GenevaDaniel FisherCanceled: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Reaction-Diffusion and Mechanical Models in Vertebrate Skin Patterning
2/6/2024Roger BlandfordStanford UniversityGiorgio GrattaVideo: Extreme Electrodynamics of Neutron Stars and Black Holes
2/13/2024Victoria KaspiMcGill UniversityRoger RomaniVideo: Fast Radio Bursts
2/20/2024Herman VerlindePrinceton University.Xiaoliang QiVideo: Chaotic quantum dynamics and the quantum geometry of spacetime
2/27/2024Larry GladneyYale UniversityPhysics Grad StudentsVideo: Who Gets to Discover the Unknown - The Rubin LSST Ecosystem and the Future on the Cosmic Frontier
3/5/2024Antoine BrowaeysInstitut d’Optique Graduate School - Université Paris-Saclay, CNRSMonika Schleier-SmithVideo: Exploring many-body problems with arrays of individual atoms
3/7/2024 (Thursday at 4:30)Pierre AgostiniThe Ohio State UniversitySpecial event in conjunction with SLAC Colloquium SeriesVideo: Attosecond pulse trains, RABBITT and applications
3/12/2024Tova HolmesUniversity of Tennessee, KnoxvilleLauren TompkinsVideo: Muon Colliders: the Next Generation of Particle Accelerators 


Autumn Quarter 2023
10/3/2023Giorgio Gratta & Ian FisherStanford UniversityGiorgio GrattaState Of The Departments
10/10/2023Mike CrommieUC BerkeleyZX ShenVideo: Imaging frozen electrons in a 2D Wigner crystal
10/17/2023Jeongwan HaahMicrosoftVedika KhemaniVideo: Quantum error correction: a window to complex quantum states and dynamics
10/24/2023Vladan VuleticMITMonika Schleier-SmithVideo: The Quantum Age: From Bell Pairs to Quantum Computers
10/31/2023Chris LaumannBoston UniversityVedika KhemaniVideo: The fine structure of quantum spin ice
11/7/2023Adam KaufmanCU BoulderJon SimonVideo: Programmable control of indistinguishable particles: from sampling to clocks to qubits
11/14/2023Yangyang ChengYale Law SchoolPeter Michelson & Freeman-Spogli InstituteVideo: Scientific Collaboration Amidst Shifting US-China Relations
11/21/2023Thanksgiving Break - No Colloquium   
11/29/2023Peter Abbamonte University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (UIUC)ZX ShenVideo: Observation of Pines' Demon in Sr2RuO4 with Momentum-Resolved EELS
Spring Quarter 2023

AY 2022/23

Spring Quarter Colloquium Committee: R. Blandford, V. Khemani (CHAIR), A. Safavi-Naeini. Start time: 3:30 p.m. in Hewlett 200.

DATE SPEAKER InStitution host title
4/4/2023 Steve Chu, Steve Koonin, Bob Laughlin Stanford University Roger Blandford In this experimental format for a physical colloquium, our three distinguished speakers will each introduce and describe one unsolved physical science problem relevant to transitioning to a sustainable world.
4/11/2023 Christian Weinheimer University of Münster Giorgio Gratta Direct search for the neutrino mass scale with the KATRIN experiment
4/18/2023 Mark G. Raizen The University of Texas at Austin Steve Chu

Isotopes, Maxwell’s demon, and The Pointsman Foundation

4/25/2023 Romain Vasseur UMass Amherst Vedika Khemani

Anomalous hydrodynamics of low dimensional quantum systems


Fiona Burnell

University of Minnesota

Vedika Khemani

Symmetry, topology, and the many faces of condensed matter

5/10/2023 (Wednesday)

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

University of Oxford

Philip Bucksbaum

Women in Astrophysics

5/16/2023 Ignacio Cirac Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics Vedika Khemani Quantum computing in the presence of errors
5/23/2023 Boris Shraiman UCSB Benjamin Good Physics of Morphogenesis
5/30/2023 Phiala Shanahan  MIT Lauren Tompkins

From quarks to nuclei: computing the Standard Model


Winter Quarter 2022/2023

AY 2022/23

Winter Quarter Colloquium Committee: J. Hoeksema, D. Goldhaber-Gordon (Chair), J. Simon. Start time: 3:30 p.m. in Hewlett 201.

DATE SPEAKER InStitution host title
1/17/2023 David Goldhaber-Gordon Stanford University David Goldhaber-Gordon Can a solid-state quantum simulator help us understand materials?
1/24/2023 Omar Hurricane Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory  Giorgio Gratta How Ignition and Target Gain > 1 Was Achieved In Inertial Fusion
1/31/2023 Bill Abbett UC Berkeley Todd Hoeksema Understanding our Dynamic, Magnetically Active Star
2/7/2023 Roger W. Romani  Stanford Dept. of Physics / KIPAC Roger Blandford IXPE: Our First Look Around the X-ray Polarized Sky
2/14/2023 Xiao-Gang Wen MIT ZX Shen Emergent symmetry - a new way to understand strongly interacting gapless states and quantum field theory

Peter Michelson

Stanford University Roger Blandford

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope at 15: Observing the Vibrant Universe

2/28/2023 CANCELED: Vladan Vuletic MIT Jon Simon

CANCELED: The Quantum Age: From Bell Pairs to Quantum Computers

3/7/2023 Vikram Ravi Caltech Roger Blandford

The Deep Synoptic Array: fast radio burst probes of the unseen universe

3/14/2023 Kip Thorne Caltech Steven Chu


Autumn Quarter 2022

AY 2022/23

Autumn Quarter Colloquium Committee: G. Gratta, M. Kasevich, E. Silverstein (Chair). Start time: 3:30 p.m. in Hewlett 200.

10/4/2022Giorgio Gratta & Ian FisherStanford UniversityGiorgio GrattaStatus of the Physics and Applied Physics Departments
10/11/2022Alex Lupsasca and Pamela Davis KivelsonVanderbilt University & StanfordVedika KhemaniThe Science and Art of Black Hole Images
10/18/2022ZX ShenStanford UniversityEva SilversteinIn Search for the Next Magic Stone
10/25/2022Agostino MarinelliSLACGiorgio GrattaFrom free electrons to bound electrons: attosecond science with X-ray free-electron lasers
11/1/2022Jason HoganStanford UniversityPeter GrahamLong baseline clock atom interferometry
11/8/2022No colloq (Democracy Day)
11/15/2022Ethan DyerGoogle BlueshiftEva SilversteinLessons from scale for large language models and quantitative reasoning
11/22/2022No colloq (Thanksgiving recess)   
11/29/2022Matthew EvansMITGiorgio GrattaCosmic Explorer - a next-gen gravitational-wave observatory


Spring Qtr. Colloq 2022

Spring Qtr. Colloq. Committee: R. Blandford, S. Clark, B. Lev (chair). Start time: 3:30 p.m. in Hewlett 200.


4/5/2022 Jack Harris Yale University Ben Lev Measuring the eigenvalue braids & knots near higher-order execeptional points
4/12/2022 Bill Collins (Hofstadter speaker) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Steve Chu Prospects for estimating Transient Climate Response to Greenhouse Gases using the Fluctuation Dissipation Theorem
4/19/2022 Justin Vandenbroucke University of Wisconsin-Madison Giorgio Gratta Astrophysics with high energy neutrinos
4/26/2022 Garth Illingworth UC-Santa Cruz Roger Blandford JWST is the most ambitious astronomy mission ever. What did it take to make JWST a reality, and how is it progressing towards revealing its extraordinary science capabilities
5/3/2022 Immanuel Bloch Max Planck Institute Vedika Khemani

Quantum Matter under the Microscope - Engineering and Probing Quantum Matter using Quantum Simulations

5/10/2022 David Paul DeMille University of Chicago Ben Lev Ultracold polar molecules: an emerging tool for quantum science
5/17/2022 Sarah Gibson University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Susan Clark

Beyond Flatland: A Star of Many Dimensions

5/24/2022 Mark Schnitzer Stanford University Ben Lev Large-scale optical imaging studies of neural coding and computation in the neocortex
5/31/2022 Tracy Slatyer MIT Susan Clark

Bound States in Heavy Dark Sectors from WIMPonium to Squeezeout

Winter Qtr. Colloq 2022

Committee: S. Dimopoulos, V. Khemani, A. Linde (chair). Start time: 3:30 pm PST. 

1/18/2022 Chao-Lin Kuo CANCELLED (to be rescheduled) Stanford University Andrei Linde  
1/25/2022 Rahul Nandkishore CANCELLED (to be rescheduled) CU Boulder Vedika Khemani  
2/1/2022 Feng Wang UC Berkeley Tony Heinz Designing Artificial Quantum Materials with van der Waals Heterostructures
2/8/2022 Ken Van Tilburg New York University Savas Dimopoulos Searching for Odd Phenomena with Odd Detectors
2/15/2022 Rahul Nandkishore CU Boulder Vedika Khemani Fracton Dynamics
2/22/2022 Chao-Lin Kuo Stanford University Andrei Linde Knowing the Unknowable - The Experimental Study of Inflation
3/1/2022 Surjeet Rajendran John Hopkins Universiy Savas Dimopoulos A Causal Framework for Non-Linear Quantum Mechanics
3/8/2022 Masha Baryakhtar University of Washington Savas Dimopoulos Searching for New Particles in the Sky
Autumn Qtr. 2021/22 Colloq.

Committee: G. Gratta, R. Laughlin, Z. Shen (chair). Start time: 4:30 pm PST.


9/28/2021 Dan Wilkins Stanford University ZX Shen Seeing to the Event Horizons of Supermassive Black Holes
10/5/2021 Surya Ganguli Stanford University Mark Schnitzer Weaving together theoretical physics, machine learning and neuroscience: a tale of neurons, atoms and photons in the service of computation
10/12/2021 Peter Armitage John Hopkins University ZX Shen/Ton Heinz On Ising’s Model of Ferromagnetism
10/19/2021 Cynthia Friend Harvard University ZX Shen Can the U.S. Compete in Basic Energy Sciences
10/26/2021 David Hertzog University of Washington Giorgio Gratta

First Results – and afterthoughts -- from the Fermilab Muon g-2 Experiment

11/2/2021 Harold Hwang Stanford University ZX Shen Superconductivity in infinite layer nickelates
11/9/2021 Allan MacDonald (Hanna Visiting Scholar) UT-Austin ZX Shen The Magic of Moiré Materials
11/16/2021 Aida X. El-Khadra University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Giorgio Gratta

Finding Beauty: The role of lattice QCD in high energy physics

11/23/2021 Thanksgiving recess/no colloq.      
11/30/2021 Giorgio Gratta & Kent Irwin Stanford University Shamit Kachru Safety Culture in the Varian Building
Spring Qtr. 2020/21 Colloq.

Committee:  S. Shenker (Chair), R. Blandford and B. Feldman. Start time: 4:30 pm PST.


4/6/2021 Geoff Penington UC Berkeley Stephen Shenker Black holes, information and wormholes
4/13/2021 Wolfgang Ketterle MIT Steven Chu

Spin dynamics of ultracold atoms in optical lattices

4/20/2021 Maura McLaughlin West Virginia University Roger Blandford The NANOGrav 12.5-Year Data Set: Knocking at the Gravitational Wave Door
4/27/2021 Xiaoxing Xi Temple University Peter Michelson

Scientific espionage, open exchange, and American competitiveness

5/4/2021 David Hogg NYU Roger Blandford

Imaging the dark matter with millions of stars

5/11/2021 Andrew Houck Princeton Ben Feldman Circuit QED: From materials to mathematics
5/18/2021 Jie Shan Cornell Ben Feldman Electrons in 2D semiconductor moiré superlattices
5/25/2021 Takaaki Kajita University of Tokyo Roger Blandford

The Hyper-Kamiokande project

6/1/2021 Victoria Kaspi McGill University Roger Blandford

Fast Radio Bursts: A Cosmological Conundrum or Why I Finally Left the Galaxy

Wtr. Qtr. 2020/21

 Colloq. committee:  S. Kivelson (Chair), A. Kapitulnik, and E. Silverstein. Start time: 4:30 pm PST.






1/12/2021 No colloquium      
1/19/2021 No colloquium      
1/26/2021 No colloquium      
2/2/2021 Kent Irwin Stanford Eva Silverstein

Searching for Axion Dark Matter Below 1 micro-eV: the Dark Matter Radio

2/9/2021 Steve Cowley Princeton Steve Kivelson Getting to a Fusion Pilot Plan
2/16/2021 Cristina Marchetti University of California Santa Barbara Aharon Kapitulnik Active Topology
2/23/2021 No colloquium      
3/2/2021 No colloquium      
3/9/2021 Pablo Jarillo-Herrero MIT Aharon Kapitulnik The magic of moiré quantum matter
3/16/2021 Alexander B. Zamolodchikov Rutgers University Eva Silverstein TTbar Deformations, S-matrix, and Density of States


Aut. Qtr. 2020/21

Colloq. committee:  R. Wechsler (Chair), L. Hollberg and R. Laughlin


10/6/2020 Susan Clark and Vedika Khemani Stanford University Leo Hollberg Frontiers in Cosmic Magnetism and in Many-Body Physics
10/13/2020 No colloquium      
10/20/2020 Abby Vierregg University of Chicago Risa Wechsler Discovering the Highest Energy Neutrinos
10/27/2020 Kim Prather UCSD Risa Wechsler

Advances in our understanding of the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2

11/3/2020 No colloquium      
11/10/2020 Eun-Ah Kim Cornell Vedika Khemani

Harnessing Data Revolution in Quantum Matter

11/17/2020 Daniel Gruen and Kimmy Wu SLAC Risa Wechsler

Frontiers in Optical and CMB Survey Cosmology

11/24/2020 Thanksgiving break - no colloq      
12/1/2020 Lauren Tompkins Stanford University Risa Wechsler

Perspectives on the LHC and new Frontiers in the search for Dark Matter

Spring Qtr. 2019/20

Colloq. Committee:  Eva Silverstein (Chair), S. Hartnoll & M. Schnitzer (AP)
Location:  Hewlett Teaching Center Rm. 200


04/07/2020 POSTPONED Allan MacDonald Univ. of Texas at Austin Steve Kivelson TBD
04/14/2020 POSTPONED Wolfgang Ketterle, 2020 Hofstadter lecturer      
04/21/2020 POSTPONED Ehud Altman UC Berkeley Sean Hartnoll TBD
04/28/2020 POSTPONED Jeff Gore MIT Shamit Kachru TBD
05/05/2020 Douglas Stanford Stanford University Sean Hartnoll New roles for wormholes
05/12/2020 POSTPONED Cristina Marchetti UC Santa Barbara Aharon Kapitulnik TBD
05/19/2020 POSTPONED Lihong Wang Caltech Mark Schnitzer TBD
05/26/2020 POSTPONED Alexander Zamolodchikov Simons Center at Stony Brook University Eva Silverstein


06/02/2020 POSTPONED Justin Vandenbroucke University of Wisconsin at Madison Giorgio Gratta TBD
06/09/2020 POSTPONED Andrea Cavalleri Max Planck Institute TBD TBD
Wtr. Qtr. 2019/20

Colloq. committee:  M. Schleier-Smith (Chair), B. Cabrera, S. Dimopoulos, T. Heinz, S. Kachru & L. Tompkins
Location:  Hewlett Teaching Center, Rm. 200


01/07/2020 Amir Yacoby Harvard University Aharon Kapitulnik Quantum Sensing of Quantum Materials
01/14/2020 Andrew Mackenzie Max-Planck Institute Steve Kivelson Quantum oscillations in solids: past, present and future
01/21/2020 Angela Olinto University of Chicago Roger Blandford Space Observatories of the Highest Energy Particles: POEMMA & EUSO-SPB
01/28/2020 Abhay Pasupathy Columbia University Ben Feldman Twisty fun in 2D materials
02/04/2020 Dorit Aharonov Hebrew University Patrick Hayden Quantum Physics from a computational complexity angle
02/11/2020 Manuel Endres Caltech Monika Schleier-Smith Quantum Science with Tweezer Arrays
02/18/2020 Leo Radzihovsky University of Colorado at Boulder Shamit Kachru Fracton - Elasticity Duality
02/25/2020 Asimina Arvanitaki Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Savas Dimopulos Dark Matter halos from parametric resonance and their signatures
03/03/2020 Markus Aspelmeyer University of Vienna Mark Kasevich

Quantum Optical Control of Levitated Solids: a novel probe for the gravity-quantum interface

03/10/2020 Colloquium canceled      


Aut. Qtr. 2019/20

Colloq. committee:  R. Blandford (Chair), B. Feldman, A. Kapitulnik, B. Lev and V. Khemani
Location:  Hewlett Teaching Center, Rm. 200


09/24/2019 Eric Dunham Stanford University Benjamin Lev

"Earthquake and Tsunami Physics"

10/01/2019 Monika Schleier-Smith Stanford University Roger Blandford "Choreographing Quantum Spin Dynamics with Light" 
10/08/2019 Ania Jayich UC Santa Barbara Ben Feldman “Quantum Sensing and Imaging with Diamond Spins”
10/15/2019 Steve Girvin Yale University Vedika Khemani "Circuit QED:  Quantum Sensing, Information Processing and Error Correction with Microwave Photons"
10/22/2019 Liang Fu MIT Vedika Khemani

"Thermoelectric Hall effect and nonlinear Hall effect"

10/29/2019 Phil Marshall Stanford University/SLAC Roger Blandford "Tension Between Early and Late Universe Measurements of H0:  Hint of New Physics?"
11/05/2019 Waseem Bakr Princeton University Ben Feldman "Quantum gas microscopy of ultracold fermions in optical lattices"
11/12/2019 Roger Blandford & Eva Silverstein Stanford University Shamit Kachru "The Physics and Astrophysics of Black Holes and Horizons"
11/19/2019 Joseph Lykken Fermi National Laboratory Giorgio Gratta "The Future of Particle Physics"
Spring Qtr. 2018/19

Colloq. Committee:  Monika Schleier-Smith (Chair), P. Hayden, X. Qi
Location:  Hewlett Teaching Center Rm. 201


04/02/2019 Ronald Walsworth Harvard Univ. Mark Kasevich "Quantum Diamond Sensors"
04/09/2019 Veronika Hubeny UC Davis Leonardo Senatore "Black Holes, Holography, and Entanglement"
04/16/2019 Laura Waller UC Berkeley David Goldhaber-Gordon "Computational Microscopy for phase retrieval, super-resolution and 3D imaging"
04/23/2019 Jonathan Simon Univ. of Chicago Monika Schleier-Smith "Matter made of Light:  Mott Insulators and Topological Fields"
04/30/2019 Xiaowei Zhuang, 2019 Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lecturer Harvard Univ. Steve Chu "Imaging at the genomic-scale: from 3D organization of the genome to cell atlas of the brain"
05/07/2019 Donna Strickland Univ. of Waterloo Phil Bucksbaum "From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics"
05/14/2019 Daniel S. Fisher/SITP Event Stanford University, AP Shamit Kachru "Physicists and Evolution: Puzzles and Expectations"
05/21/2019 Cenke Xu UC Santa Barbara Xiaoliang Qi

"Strongly Interacting Synthetic Topological Insulators in High Dimensions"

05/28/2019 Irfan Siddiqi UC Berkeley Amir Safavi-Naeini "The Dawn of Superconducting Quantum Processors"
06/04/2019 Reina Maruyama Yale Univ. Lauren Tompkins "Testing DAMA's long-standing claim for dark matter detection"
Wtr. Qtr. 2018/19

Colloq. committee:  A. Linde (Chair), S. Kivelson, B. Lev
Location:  Hewlett Teaching Center, Rm. 201


01/08/2019 Eugene Demler Harvard University Benjamin Lev "Big Data Perspective on Quantum Matter"
01/15/2019 Leonardo Senatore Stanford University Andrei Linde "Field Theory, Geometry and Data in Cosmology"
01/22/2019 Raymond Ashoori MIT Steve Kivelson "Using Quantum Tunneling to Discover New Physics in Two-Dimensional Materials"
01/29/2019 James K. Thompson University of Colorado/JILA Benjamin Lev "Twists, Gaps, and Superradiant Emission on a Millihertz Transition"
02/05/2019 Persi Diaconis Stanford University, Depts. of Statistics & Mathematics Steve Kivelson "Adding Numbers and Shuffling Cards"
02/12/2019 John Doyle Harvard University Monika Schleier-Smith "Cold and Ultracold Molecules for Quantum Information and Particle Physics"
02/19/2019 Shin-ichi Uchida University of Tokyo Z-X Shen "The Road to Higher Tc Superconductivity"
02/26/2019 Andre Leclair Cornell University Sri Raghu "New Perspectives on the Riemann Hypothesis"
03/05/2019 Hiranya Peiris University College London and Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, Stockholm Risa Wechsler

"Pixels to Physics:  The Promise and Challenges of Survey Cosmology"

03/12/2019 Mikhail Tikhonov Washington University at St. Louis Student host:  Alana Papula “Microbial Ecology as a New Frontier for Theoretical Physics”
Aut. Qtr. 2018/19

Colloq. committee:  R. Blandford (Chair), A. Kapitulnik, R. Laughlin, L. Senatore
Location:  Hewlett Teaching Center, Rm. 200


09/25/2018 T. Mark Harrison UCLA Bob Laughlin "Nuclear Geochronology and the Age of the Earth"
10/02/2018 Daniel Palanker Stanford University Giorgio Gratta “Photovoltaic Restoration of Sight in Retinal Degeneration"
10/09/2018 Julie McEnery NASA Peter Michelson "A High Energy View of the Extreme Universe"
10/16/2018 Philip Deutschle Salinas High School and Hartnell College Tony Rodriguez, Student Host "Botswana to Bolivia - The Life of an Itinerant Science Educator"
10/23/2018 Michael Nauenberg Univ. of Calif. at Santa Cruz Bob Laughlin

"Visiting Newton's Atelier before the Principia, 1679-1684"

10/30/2018 Louis Strigari Texas A&M University Roger Blandford "The Dynamic Local Universe"
11/06/2018 Stephen Libby LLNL Bob Laughlin

"High Energy Density Physics – Theory and Experiment in the Realm of the Superlasers"

11/13/2018 Natalia Toro SLAC Roger Blandford "Searching for Dark Sectors Under our Noses:  Surprising Opportunities at Familiar Mass Scales"
11/27/2018 Greg Moore Rutgers University Leonardo Senatore "d = 4 N = 2 Field Theory and Physical Mathematics"
Spring 2017/2018

Committee:  Lauren Tompkins (Chair), Steve Kivelson, Patrick Hayden, Monika Schleier-Smith


04/03/2018 Vicky Kalogera - Hofstadter lecturer Northwestern University Leo Hollberg "The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics"
04/10/2018 Peter Onyisi Univ. of Texas Lauren Tompkins "Top Quarks:  The New Flavor"
04/17/2018 James Crutchfield Univ. of Calif. at Davis Student-hosted "Demonology:  The Curious Role of Intelligence in Physics & Biology"
04/24/2018 Markus Greiner Harvard University Monika Schleier-Smith "Ultracold Atom Quantum Simulations:  From Exploring Low Temperature Fermi-Hubbard Phases to Many-Body Localization"
05/01/2018 Harald Hess HHMI, Janelia Research Campus Steve Chu "Large Volume 3D Imaging by FIBSEM and Cryo-Fluorescence for Cell Biology and Neural Circuits"
05/08/2018 Andrei Linde Stanford University TBD/Peter Michelson? "Reverse Engineering the Universe"
05/15/2018 Chris Monroe Univ. of Maryland Monika Schleier-Smith "Quantum Computing with Trapped Ions"
05/22/2018 Dawn Williams Univ. of Alabama Lauren Tompkins

"The IceCube Neutrino Observatory and the Beginning of Neutrino Astrophysics"

05/29/2018 Daniel Holz Univ. of Chicago Risa Wechsler "GW170817:  Hearing and Seeing a Binary Neutron Star Merger"
Winter 2017/2018

 Committee:  Andrei Linde (Chair), Savas Dimopoulos, Benjamin Lev, Shoucheng Zhang


01/09/2018 Helmut Katzgraber Texas A&M University Benjamin Lev "Quantum vs. Classical Optimization:  A Status Update on the Arms Race"
01/16/2018 Frank Wilczek MIT Shoucheng Zhang "Symmetries of Time"
01/23/2018 Mike Romalis Princeton University Savas Dimopoulos "Searches for new physics with nuclear spin precession"
01/30/2018 Erez Berg University of Chicago Steven Kivelson "Critical Metals:  Lessons from quantum Monte Carlo studies"
02/06/2018 Bruce Macintosh Stanford University Andrei Linde "Extrasolar Planets"
02/13/2018 Pablo Jarillo-Herrero MIT Aharon Kapitulnik "Magic Angle Graphene: a New Platform for Strongly Correlated Physics"
02/20/2018 James Sethna Cornell University Student hosted colloq. "Sloppy Models, Differential Geometry, and How Science Works"
02/27/2018 Andrei Bernevig Princeton University Shoucheng Zhang "Topological Quantum Chemistry"
03/06/2018 Dick Bond Univ. of Toronto L. Senatore & A. Linde "The Entropic Matter(s) of an Ordered Universe"
03/13/2018 David Spergel Princeton University Andrei Linde “The Search for Dark Energy and NASA’s WFIRST Mission”
Spring 2016/2017

Committee: M. Schleier-Smith (Chair), P. Hayden, L. Tompkins


04/04/2017 Sri Raghu Stanford University TBD "Presence of Quantum Diffusion in Two Dimensions"
04/11/2017 Immanuel Bloch Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics Monika Schleier-Smith "Controlling and Exploring Quantum Matter Using Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices"
04/18/2017 Kerstin Perez MIT Student hosted speaker "In Search of Cosmic-Ray Antinuclei from Dark Matter"
04/25/2017 Phil Lubin UC Santa Barbara Steven Chu "Humanity's First Interstellar Mission"
05/02/2017 Steven Pollock University of Colorado Carl Wieman "A Research-validated Approach to Transforming upper-division Physics Courses"
05/09/2017 Laura Newburgh Yale University Lauren Tompkins "New Probes of Old Structure: Cosmology with 21cm Intensity Mapping and the Cosmic Microwave Background"
05/16/2017 L. Mahadevan Harvard University Hari Manoharan "Morphogenesis: Geometry, Physics and Biology"
05/23/2017 Nathalie de Leon Princeton University Student hosted colloq. "Coherent Defects in Diamond"
05/30/2017 Michel Devoret Yale University Kent Irwin "Protecting Quantum Superpositions in Superconducting Circuits"
Winter 2016/2017

 Committee: A. Linde (Chair), S. Kivelson, S. Zhang


01/10/2017 Leonid Levitov (Prof. Stanley S. Hanna Visiting Professorship Program) MIT D. Goldhaber-Gordon "Atomic Collapse in Graphene"
01/17/2017 Gerry Sussman MIT Student hosted colloq. "Programming:   Medium for Clarifying Ideas"
01/24/2017 Rai Weiss (Bunyan Lecturer) MIT V. Petrosian "The Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves:  Observation of the Mergers of Black Hole Binaries"
01/31/2017 Peter Graham Stanford University A. Linde "The Precision Frontier of Particle Physics"
02/07/2017 Nathan Seiberg (Prof. Stanley S. Hanna Visiting Professorship Program) Institute for Advanced Study; Stanley S. Hanna Scholar S. Shenker "Symmetries, Duality, and the Unity of Physics"
02/14/2017 John Martinis Google and UC Santa Barbara D. Goldhaber-Gordon "Quantum supremacy:  Checking a quantum computer with a classical supercomputer"
02/21/2017 Rui-Rui Du Rice University S. Zhang "Exploring the Landscape of Interacting Topological Insulators"
02/28/2017 Gerald Gabrielse (Hofstadter Lecturer) Harvard University L. Hollberg "Probing the Electron to Test the Most Precise Prediction of the Standard Model and Beyond"
03/07/2017 Alan Guth MIT A. Linde "Cosmology and the Arrow of Time"
03/14/2017 Renata Kallosh Stanford University A. Linde "From Planck to Escher"
Autumn 2016/2017

Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), A, Kapitulnik, R. Laughlin, L. Senatore


09/27/2016 "State of the Departments" colloq. by P. Michelson & M. Fejer Stanford University N/A "State of the Departments"
10/04/2016 Stephen Quake Stanford University Aharon Kapitulnik "Single Cell Genomics"
10/11/2016 Daniel Harlow Harvard University Leonardo Senatore "Emergent Locality and Gravity from Quantum Error Correction"
10/18/2016 Asimina Arvanitaki Perimeter Instiutute Leonardo Senatore "Particle Physics Beyond Colliders"
10/25/2016 Shoucheng Zhang Stanford University Roger Blandford "Discovery of the Majorana Fermion"
11/01/2016 Dmitry Budker Helmholtz Institute Mainz Giorgio Gratta "Precession in the Dark:  CASPEr and GNOME"
11/08/2016 David Pines Univ. of Illinois Robert Laughlin "Emergent Behavior in Quantum Matter"
11/15/2016 Ali Yazdani Princeton University Aharon Kapitulnik "Spotting the Elusive Majorana Under the Microscope"
11/22/2016 Thanksgiving Recess - No Colloquium      
11/29/2016 Vicky Kalogera Northwestern University Roger Blandford "The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics"
Spring 2015/2016

Committee: M. Schleier-Smith (Chair), G. Gratta, B. Lev, S. Zhang


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
03/29/16 Fiona Harrison Caltech Roger Blandford "A New View of the High Energy Universe:  Science Highlights from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Mission"
04/05/16 Benjamin Lev Stanford University Roger Blandford "Frontiers in quantum many-body physics and neuromorphic computation with multimode cavity QED"
04/12/16 James Kakalios Univ. of Minnesota Steve Kivelson "The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books"
04/19/16 Stefano Profumo UC Santa Cruz Student host: Ruby Lai "A Dark Needle in a Bright Haystack:  Two Stories of Astrophysical Searches for Dark Matter"
04/26/16 Theodor Hänsch/Hofstadter Lecturer Univ. of Munich Steve Chu "Frontiers in Laser Spectroscopy"
05/03/16 Jun Ye Univ. of Colorado/NIST Benjamin Lev "Optical Atomic Clock and Many-body Quantum Physics"
05/10/16 Dam Thanh Son Univ. of Chicago Shoucheng Zhang "Dirac Composite Fermions in Quantum Hall Fluids"
05/17/16 Mikhail Lukin Harvard University Benjamin Lev "Exploring New Frontiers of Quantum Optical Science"
05/24/16 Umesh Vazirani UC Berkeley Patrick Hayden "Testing Quantum Systems"
05/31/16 Amir Yacoby Harvard University Kam Moler  
Winter 2015/2016

Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), T. Heinz, L. Hollberg, K. Irwin


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
01/12/16 Ralf Wessel       Washington University

Student host:  Nora Brackbill

"Cortical Vision from Emergent Global Dynamics"
01/19/16 Leonardo Senatore Stanford University Roger Blandford "Effective Field Theory in Cosmology"
01/26/16 Tyce DeYoung Michigan State Univ. Roger Blandford

"Observations of Cosmic Neutrinos with IceCube"

02/02/16 Yi Cui Stanford University Roger Blandford "Batteries:  Now and Future"
02/09/16 Eric Cornell Univ. of Colorado Leo Hollberg

"Can We Find 10 TeV Particles Using Sub Millihertz Spectroscopy?  Looking for the Electron's Electric Dipole Moment in Trapped Molecular Ions"


Rana Adhikari

(intro by Kip Thorne)

Caltech Roger Blandford

"On the Measurement of Gravitational Waves from the Merger of two Black Holes"

02/23/16 Hanoch Gutfreund Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem William Little “The Genesis of General Relativity and its Formative Years”
03/01/16 Konrad Lehnert Univ. of Colorado Kent Irwin "Electromechanics:  A New Quantum Technology"
03/08/16 Alex Vilenkin Tufts University Vahe Petrosian "Black Holes from Cosmic Inflation"
Autumn 2015/2016

Committee: A, Linde (Chair), S. Chu, P. Hayden, M. Schnitzer,  L. Senatore


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
09/29/15 SU Phys. Chair Peter Michelson and AP Chair Hideo Mabuchi Stanford University                                                                           N/A                               "State of the Departments"                                 
10/06/15 Uros Seljak UC Berkeley Leonardo Senatore "The Large Scale Structure of the Universe"
10/13/15 Mark van Raamsdonk Univ. of British Columbia Patrick Hayden "Gravity and Entanglement"
10/20/15 Shuji Nakamura Univ. of Calif. at Santa Barbara James Harris "History and Development of Blue InGaN LEDs and Laser Diodes"
10/27/15 Jennifer Dionne Mat. Sci. & Engr. Dept., Stanford University Patrick Hayden

"Inside Out: Visualizing Phase Transformations and Light-matter Interactions with Nanometer-scale Resolution"

11/03/15 Leonard Susskind Stanford University Andrei Linde "Entanglement and Complexity: Gravity and Quantum Mechanics"
11/10/15 Yifang Wang Institute of High Energy Physics, China Andrei Linde

"Neutrino Oscillations: Past, Present and Future"

11/17/15 Zvi Bern UCLA Renata Kallosh "A Curious Story of Quantum Gravity in the Ultraviolet".
12/01/15 Rebecca Flint Iowa State University Student host:  Christopher Watson "Novel Kondo Physics in Non-Kramers Doublets"
Spring 2014/15

Committee: G. Gratta (Chair), R. Blandford, L. Senatore, + P. Bucksbaum


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
03/31/15 Guifre Vidal Perimeter Institute Xiailiang Qi "Tensor Network Renormalization"
04/07/15 Leslie Rosenberg Univ. of Washington Giorgio Gratta "Searching for Dark-Matter Axions"
04/14/15 Tony Remijan University of Virginia Roger Blandford "The Atacam Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) - Revealing New Chemical and Physical Views of the Cosmos"
04/21/15 Anton Zeilinger - 2015 Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lecturer University of Vienna, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Leonard Susskind "Quantum Entanglement in Higher Dimensions"
04/28/15 W. E. (William E.) Moerner Stanford University (Chemistry Dept.) Giorgio Gratta "The Story of Single Molecules, from Early Spectroscopy in Solids to Super-Resolution Nanoscopy in Cells and Beyond"
05/05/15 Jeff Kimble Caltech Benjamin Lev "Strong Atom-Light Interactions in Photonic Crystals"
05/12/15 Harvey Moseley NASA Kent Irwin "Searching for the First Stars"
05/19/15 Senthil Todadri MIT Student hosted colloq. "Topological Insulators beyond Band Theory"
05/26/15 David Reitze Caltech Giorgio Gratta "Advanced LIGO: The Coming Dawn of Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy"
Winter Quarter 2014/15

Committee: S.C. Zhang (Chair), P. Hayden, K. Irwin & S. Block PLEASE NOTE:  Wtr. Qtr. colloquia will be held in Hewlett Room 200!


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
01/13/15 John Martinis Google/UC Santa Barbara Kent Irwin "State Preservation by Repetitive Error Detection in Superconducting Qubits"
01/20/15 Heather Knutson Caltech Bruce Macintosh "Atmospheres of Extrasolar Planets in the Super-Earth Era"
01/27/15 Scott Aaronson MIT Nathaniel Thomas (student host) "When Exactly Do Quantum Computers Provide a Speedup?"
02/03/15  Joseph Curtin Joseph Curtin Studios, Ann Arbor, MI Steve Block "Can Stradivari’s Sound be Measured?"
02/10/15 Alex Wissner-Gross Harvard University Institute for Applied Computational Science Xiaoliang Qi "Causal Entropic Forces"
02/17/15 Vladen Vuletic MIT Leo Hollberg "Strong PhotonPphoton Interactions"
02/24/15 Frederico Fiuza SLAC Seb Doniach "Laser-driven Shock Waves:  From Cosmic-ray Physics to Medical Applications"
03/03/15 Austin Roorda Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley Bruce Macintosh "From Stimulation to Perception:  Adaptive Optics for Testing Human Vision on a Cellular Scale"
03/10/15 François R. Bouchet Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris Andrei Linde "Recent Cosmology Results from the Planck Experiment"
Autumn 2014/15

Committee: A. Linde (Chair), L. Hollberg, B. Macintosh & Young Lee


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
09/30/14 Welcoming Colloq. by Physics & AP Chairs, P. Michelson & H. Mabuchi Stanford University N/A "State of the Departments"
10/07/14 Omar Hurricane Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Giorgio Gratta "The High-Foot Implosion Campaign & Progress Towards Ignition on the National Ignition Facility"
10/14/14 Lyman Page Princeton University Kent Irwin "ACT and the CMB in Polarization"
10/21/14 Sean Hartnoll Stanford University TBD "From Black Holes to Badly Behaved Metals"
10/28/14 Gergely Zimanyi UC Davis Austin Sendek
(student host)
"Full Spectrum Boost in Nanoparticle Solar Cells"
11/04/14 Keivan Stassun Vanderbilt University Peter Michelson "Advances in Stellar Astrophysics, Solar Physics, and Exoplanet Science with Large Surveys"
11/11/14 John Preskill Caltech Lenny Susskind "Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier"
11/18/14 John Doyle Harvard University Leo Hollberg "Order of Magnitude Smaller Limit on the Electric Dipole Moment of the Electron"
11/25/14 NO COLLOQ. - Thanksgiving Recess      
Spring 2013/14

Committee: Steve Shenker (Chr.), Steve Kivelson and Bob Byer


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
4/01/14 Peter Armitage Johns Hopkins University Steve Kivelson "THz Investigations of Exotic Quantum States of Matter”
4/08/14 Surya Ganguli Stanford University Steve Shenker "A Tour Through Neurophysics:  On Singing Birds, Forgetting Synapses, and Turning Heads"
4/15/14 Subir Sachdev Harvard University Student hosted colloq. "Unveiling the Order of the High Temperature Superconductors"
4/22/14 David Huse Princeton University Steve Shenker "Quantum Thermalization and Many-Body Anderson Localization"
4/29/14 Aharon Kapitulnik Stanford University Steve Kivelson "Time Reversal Symmetry Breaking in Unconventional Superconductors"
5/06/14 Rob Myers Perimeter Institute Steve Shenker "New Dialogues:  Entanglement, Holography and Renormalization"
5/13/14 Margaret Kivelson UCLA Steve Shenker "What Spacecraft Exploration has taught us about Plasmas in the Solar System"
5/20/14 Debbie Jin JILA Leo Hollberg "Ultracold Polar Molecules"
5/27/14 Matias Zaldarriaga   Institute for Advanced Study Steve Shenker "The Cosmic Microwave Background after 50 Years"
6/03/14 Charles Marcus Niels Bohr Institute Aharon Kapitulnik "Condensed Matter Physics for Quantum Information"
Winter 2013/14

Committee: Mark Kasevich (Chr.), Giorgio Gratta and Shoucheng Zhang


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
1/14/14 Arun Majumdar Google Steve Chu "Energy & the Industrial Revolution:  Past, Present & Future"
1/21/14 Yoshi Yamamoto Stanford University Mark Kasevich "Coherent Computing by OPO Phase Transition"
1/28/14 Peter Fierlinger TU Munich Giorgio Gratta "Slow Neutrinos and the Early Universe"
2/04/14 Robert L. Byer Stanford University Giorgio Gratta "Laser Accelerator on a Chip (>300MeV/m):  A Path to TeV Energy Scale Physics and Table Top Coherent X-ray Sources"
2/11/14 Mark Newman University of Michigan Shoucheng Zhang "Epidemics, Influence, and Erdos Numbers: The Physics of Networks"
2/18/14 David Pritchard MIT Mark Kasevich "What Should Students Learn, What Do Students Learn, and What Do They Learn It From?"
2/25/14 Qi-Kun Xue Tsinghua University, China Shoucheng Zhang "From Quantized Anomalous Hall Effect to Interface Enhanced High Temperature Superconductivity"
3/04/14 Sir Michael Berry University of Bristol Leonard Susskind "Hamilton's Diabolical Singularity"
3/11/14 Chao-Lin Kuo Stanford University TBD "Inflationary B-modes and BICEP/Keck Experiments"
3/18/14 Tali Figueroa-Feliciano MIT Patricia Burchat "What's the Matter with the Universe?"
Fall 2013/14

Committee: Andrei Linde (Chr.), Leo Hollberg and Yoshi Yamamoto


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
10/01/13 Physics Chair Peter Michelson & Applied Physics Chair Hideo Mabuchi Stanford University N/A "State of the Departments"
10/08/13 Andrei Linde Stanford University N/A "Planck 2013 and Cosmological Attractors"
10/15/13 CANCELLED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN JILA, Univ. of Colorado Leo Hollberg "Ultracold Polar Molecules"
10/22/13 Leonard Susskind Stanford University N/A "New Concepts for Old Black Holes"
10/29/13 Xiaoliang Qi Stanford University Andrei Linde "Exact Holographic Mapping and Emergent Space-time Geometry"
11/05/13 Richard Hennig Cornell University Student hosted colloq. - Helen Craig "Computational Discovery and Design of Materials for Energy Technologies"
11/12/13 Matthias Troyer ETH, Zurich Yoshi Yamamoto "Quantum Annealing and the D-Wave Devices"
11/19/13 E. J. Chichilnisky Dept. of Neurosurgery and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University Andrei Linde
"Deciphering a Neural Circuit"
11/26/13 Thanksgiving Recess No Colloq.
Spring 2012/13

Committee: Xiaoliang Qi (Chr.),Stefan Funk, Ian Fisher, ZX Shen & Bob Byer


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
4/2/13 Nicola Spaldin ETH Zurich Xiaoliang Qi Cosmic Strings in Multiferroics
4/9/13 Fabiola Gianotti CERN Leonard Susskind The Higgs Boson and other Recent Results from ATLAS
4/16/13 Turki al Saud VP for Research of KACST Peter Michelson Large Scale Water Desalination by Solar Energy
4/23/13 Sigrid Close Stanford University Stefan Funk Theory and Experiments of Hypervelocity Impact Plasmas
4/30/13 Jan Zaanen Leiden University Xiaoliang Qi The string theory – condensed matter flirtation: an eyewitness account
5/7/13 Richard Scalettar University of Calif. at Davis Student Host:  Helen Craig Magnetism and Superconductivity in Inhomogeneous Systems
5/14/13 Aephraim Steinberg Toronto University Xioaliang Qi Quantum Measurement in the Real World
5/21/13 Steven Chu Stanford University Vahe Petrosian Biophysics and Bio-medicine in a New Light
5/28/13 C. W. Francis Everett Stanford University LeoHollberg The Discovery of Maxwell's Equations
Winter 2012/13

Committee: Steve Shenker (Chr.), David Goldhaber-Gordon, Ian Fisher, ZX Shen and Bob Byer


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
1/8/13 Feng Wang Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley Student Host:  Helen Craig

Tunable Optical Properties of Graphene

1/15/13 Yuki Sato Rowland Inst., Harvard Univ. Hideo Mabuchi Device Engineering with Quantum and/or Artificial Materials
1/22/13 Michel Devoret Yale University David Goldhaber-Gordon

The Road to the Poles: Quantum Measurements that Steer rather than Collapse

1/29/13 Beate Heinemann Univ. of California at Berkeley Steve Shenker The First Three Years at the LHC
2/5/13 Kent Irwin NIST Peter Michelson Superconducting Sensors:  Probing Cosmology and the Properties of Neutrinos

Yi-Fang Wang

IHEP Beijing Giorgio Gratta

A New Type of Neutrino Oscillation Observed at Daya Bay

2/19/13 Surya Ganguli Stanford University Steve Shenker Cancelled due to illness
2/26/13 Joe Polchinski Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Steve Shenker

The Black Hole Information Paradox -- Alive and Kicking

3/5/13 Stefan Westerhoff University of Wisconsin Student Host:  Helen Craig

The Search for the Origin of Cosmic Rays

3/12/13 Zohar Komargodski Weizmann Institute and IAS Steve Shenker New Observations about Quantum Field Theory
Fall 2012/13

Committee: Andrei Linde (Chr.), Risa Wechsler, Ian Fisher, Z.X. Shen & Bob Byer


Date Speaker Institution Host Title
10/02/12 Steve Kahn and Hideo Mabuchi Stanford Physics and Applied Physics Depts. N/A State of the Departments
10/09/12 Savas Dimopoulos Stanford Physics Dept. A. Linde "What has the LHC done to theory?"
10/16/12 Teun Klapwijk Delft University of Technology Z-X Shen Superconductivity and THz photons
10/23/12 Philip Kim Columbia Univ. Harold Hwang Toward Quantum Electronics based on 2-Dimensional Materials and Beyond
10/30/12 Daniel Palanker Dept. of Ophthalmology and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, Stanford University David Goldhaber-Gordon Photovoltaic Retinal Prosthesis for Restoring Sight to the Blind
11/06/12 Risa Wechsler Stanford University Steve Kahn

Probing the Physics of the Dark Universe with Galaxies

11/13/12 Shoucheng Zhang Stanford University A. Linde

Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductors

11/20/12 Thanksgiving Recess No Colloq.    
11/27/12 Chandra Varma Univ. of Calif, Riverside Steve Kivelson

Higgs Bosons in Superconductors

Spring Quarter 2011/12

Committee:  Peter Michelson (Chr.), David Goldhaber-Gordon, Steve Block


date speaker institution host title
4/3/2012 Jungsang Kim                 Duke University                            Host:    Benjamin Lev Modular Universal Scalable Ion-trap Quantum Computer (MUSICQC): 

Engineering a Practical Quantum Computer

4/10/2012 Shanti Deemyad Univ. of Utah, College of Science Host:  Shibing Wang Non-Trivial Physics of Simple Elements at High Densities:  En-Route to Metallic Hydrogen and Insulating Lithium
4/17/2012 Geoffrey West - 2012 Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lecturer Santa Fe Institute Host:  Leonard Susskind Universal Scaling Laws from Cells to Cities; A Physicist's Search for Quantitative, Unified Theories of Biological and Social Structure and Dynamics
4/24/2012 Giorgio Gratta Stanford University Host:  Peter Michelson Neutrinos from Hell: The Dawn of Neutrino Geophysics
5/01/2012 Andreas Heinrich IBM Almaden Host:  David Goldhaber-Gordon The Quantum and Classical Properties of Spins on Surfaces
5/08/2012 Lorraine Sadler Sandia Labs Host:  Erzsi Szilagyi Electro-optic detection of ionizing radiation
5/15/2012 Pablo Jarillo-Herrero  MIT Host:  David Goldhaber-Gordon 2D or not 2D, Quantum Transport and Optoelectronics in Novel Low-Dimensional Materials
5/22/2012 Christopher Fuchs Perimeter Institute Host:  Hideo Mabuchi Quantum Theory from Quantum Information?  (What would Feynman say?)
5/29/2012 Walter Gekelman UCLA Host:  Tom Abel Magnetic Field Line Reconnection of Flux Ropes
6/05/2012 FINALS WEEK No Colloq. Scheduled    
Winter Quarter 2011/12

Committee:  Tom Abel (Chr.), Savas Dimopoulos, Daniel Fisher


date speaker institution host title
1/10/2012 Stanley Wojcicki Stanford University                Host:  Savas Dimopoulos    Measuring Neutrino Velocity: Current Status and Future Prospects  
1/17/2012 Seth Shostak SETI Institute Student Host:  Nicole Ackerman New Approaches in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
1/24/2012 Erez Lieberman-Aiden  Havard Society of Fellows, Visiting Faculty at Google Host:  David Goldhaber-Gordon

Zooming out: Global structure in the Historical Record and the Human Genome

1/31/2012 Bruce Macintosh Lawrence Livermore National Labs Host:  Tom Abel Imaging Extrasolar Planets
2/07/2012 Ignacio Cirac Max Planck Institute, Garching, Germany Host:  Savas Dimopoulos Dissipation:  A New Tool in Quantum Information Science
2/14/2012 Markus Greiner Harvard University Host:  Mark Kasevich

Synthetic Quantum Matter under the Microscope

2/21/2012 Wojciech Zurek LANL Host:  Savas Dimopoulos Quantum Theory of the Classical
2/28/2012 Scott Ransom Natl. Radio Astronomy Observatory Host:  Tom Abel Basic (but cool!) Physics with Millisecond Pulsars
3/06/2012 NO COLLOQ. (cancelled)      
3/13/2012 FINALS WEEK - No Colloq. Scheduled      
Fall Quarter 2011/12

Committee:  Phil Bucksbaum (Chr.), Steve Shenker & Bob Byer


date speaker institution host title
9/27/2011 Steve Kahn, SU Physics Chair and Hideo Mabuchi, AP Chair Stanford University         Host:  Phil Bucksbaum "State of the Departments - Physics & Applied Physics"     
10/04/2011 Giorgio Gratta Stanford University Host:  Stephen Shenker "Majorana Fermions and Neutrino Masses"
10/11/2011 Siegfried Glenzer Lawrence Livermore Natl. Lab Host:  Phil Bucksbaum "Mega-joule Experiments on the National Ignition Facility - On the road to produce a microscopic star in the Laboratory"
10/18/2011 Mark Schnitzer Stanford University Host:  Stephen Shenker "Of Mice, Men and Microscopes:  Watching Brain Dynamics at the Cellular Scale in Behaving Subjects"
10/25/2011 Andrea Cavalleri  CFEL, Hamburg, Germany Host:  Phil Bucksbaum "Controlling Quantum Condensed Matter with Light"
11/01/2011 Hidenori Takagi Univ. of Tokyo, Japan Host:  Harold Hwang "Emergent Phases of Correlated Electrons in Transition Metal Oxides"
11/08/2011 Margaret Murnane Univ. of Colorado at Boulder Host:  Phil Bucksbaum "Science on the Timescale of the Electron:  Coherent keV X-rays from Tabletop Lasers
and Applications in Nanoscience"


11/15/2011 Yong-Baek Kim   University of Toronto Host:  Steve Shenker

"Topological Phases in Correlated Materials"

11/22/2011 THANKSGIVING RECESS- No Colloquium Scheduled      
11/29/2011 Mara Prentiss Harvard University Student Host:  Limor Spector New Insights into Homology Recognition and Strand Exchange with Implications for Artificial Self-Assembly and Protein Folding
12/06/2011 FINALS WEEK - No colloquium!      
Spring 2010/2011

Committee:  Yoshi Yamamoto (Chair.; AP), Doug Osheroff, Roger Blandford


date speaker institution host title
03/29/2011 Yosi Avron Technion, Israel Host:  Shoucheng Zhang Baron von Munchhausen and the Cat
04/05/2011 Hofstadter lecture by David Mermin Cornell Univ. Host: Lenny Susskind What has Quantum Mechanics to do with Factoring?
04/12/2011 Joel Fajans UC Berkeley Host: Doug Osheroff How to Create and Trap Anti-Hydrogen
04/19/2011 Ned Wright UCLA Host:  Roger Blandford Exploring the Universe with WISE
04/26/2011 Bob Schoenlein LBL Host: Student host Erzsi Szilagyi Ultrafast Science and the Next Generation X-Ray Laser Array at the Berkeley Lab
05/03/2011 David Wineland NIST Host:  Yoshi Yamamoto Trapped-ion Quantum Information Experiments at NIST
05/10/2011 Philip W. Phillips Univ.of Illinois Student Host: Aaron Streets Mottness and Holography: Strange Metal from UV-IR Mixing

Rob Schoelkopf  - CANCELLED                       

Yale                                                     Host:  Yoshi Yamamoto Entanglement and Quantum Algorithms with Superconducting Circuits -CANCELLED
05/24/2011 Alex Szalay Johns Hopkins University Host:  Roger Blandford

Extreme Data Intensive Computing in Astrophysics

05/31/2011 Wilson Ho                               UC Irvine                                Host:  Doug Osheroff                                     Visualization of Quantum Mechanics
Winter 2010/2011

 Committee:  Seb Doniach (Chair), Leonardo Senatore, Harold Hwang (AP)


date speaker institution host title
01/04/2011 Andrew MacKenzie Univ. of St. Andrews Host:  Harold Hwang Complex Oxides:  A New Playground for Physics and Technology
01/11/2011 Eric Adelberger Univ. of Washington Host:  Mark Kasevich A Low-Energy Frontier of Particle Physics
01/18/2011 Assa Auerbach Technion, Israel Host: Seb Doniach

Elementary Particles of Superconductivity

01/25/2011 Anthony Leonardo Janelia Farm Research Campus Host: Hideo Mabuchi

Guidance Laws Underlying Prey Capture in the Salamander and Dragonfly

02/01/2011 Nima Arkani-Hamed Institute for Advanced Study Host:  Leonardo Senatore Space-Time, Quantum Mechanics and Scattering Amplitudes
02/08/2011 Gerard Wong UCLA Host:  Seb Doniach Condensed Matter Physics and Bacteria
02/15/2011 Jelena Vuckovic Stanford University Host: Ian Fisher? Quantum Dots in Optical Nanocavities:  From Cavity QED to Device Applications
02/22/2011 Chao-Lin Kuo Stanford University Host: Steve Kahn Science with Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization
03/01/2011 James Rosenzweig UCLA Student Host:  Limor Spector Plasma Acceleration:  High Energy Physics Meets High Energy Density Physics
03/08/2011 Louis Taillefer Canadian Institute for           Advanced Research Host:   Harold Hwang                        The Two Mysteries of Superconductivity                                              
03/15/2011 FINALS WEEK NO COLLOQ.!!!    
Fall 2010/2011

Committee:  Eva Silverstein (Chair), Z.X. Shen and Mark Schnitzer (AP)



speaker institution host title
9/28/2010 Tony Tyson UC Davis Host:  Nicholas Breznay

Mining the Sky for Dark Energy

10/05/2010 Kerry Vahala Caltech Host:  Mark Schnitzer Cavity Optomechanics
10/12/2010 Kent Irwin NIST Host:  Kam Moler The Physics of Superconducting Calorimeters:  Applications in Nuclear Security
10/19/2010 Bert Halperin Harvard University Host:  S. Zhang Interferometery in a Quantized Hall State
10/26/2010 Phil Bucksbaum Stanford & SLAC Host:  Z-X Shen AMO Physics with Ultrafast Short Wavelength Coherent Radiation
11/02/2010 Sung-Sik Lee McMaster University Host:  Eva Silverstein Emergent Supersymmetry and String in Condensed Matter Systems
11/09/2010 Boris Shraiman KITP/UCSB Host:  Eva Silverstein Unexpected Physics in Biology
11/16/2010 Jeffrey Richman UCSB Host:  Eva Silverstein

Exploring the TeV Energy Scale at the Large Hadron Collider

11/23/2010 THANKSGIVING RECESS      
11/30/2010 Stefan Funk Stanford University Host:  Steve Kahn

The Extreme Universe Observed in Gamma-rays

12/07/2010 FINALS WEEK NO COLLOQ.!!    
Spring 2009/1010
date speaker institution host title
03/30/2010 Dan Green Fermilab Host:  Stan Wojcicki The Status of the CERN Large Hadron Collider
04/06/2010 K. C. Cole USC, School of Journalism Host:  Stan Wojcicki The Uncle of the Atom Bomb:  Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up
04/13/2010 Hofstadter Colloq. - Joachim Stohr Director Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC Host:  Doug Osheroff Birth of the X-Ray Laser:  Movies of the Dynamic Worlds of Atoms and Electrons
04/20/2010 Marin Soljacic MIT Student Host:  Nicole Ackerman  WiTricity -- Non-Radiative Wireless Power Transfer
04/27/2010 William Borucki NASA Host:  Tom Abel Status of the Kepler Mission and Early Discoveries
05/04/2010 David J. Pine New York University Host:  Daniel Fisher Colloidal Self-Assembly and Replication
05/11/2010 JB Straubel CTO, Tesla Motors Host:  Patricia Burchat Energy Storage for Electric Vehicles

Michael Turner 

Univ. Chicago Host:  Roger Blandford Inflation:  Time for a Change?
05/25/2010 Claire Gmachl Princeton University Student Host:  Nicholas Breznay Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers
06/01/2010 Mark Bowick Syracuse University Host:  A. Kapitulnik Two-Dimensional Matter:  Order, Curvature and Defects
Winter 2009/2010
date speaker institution host title
01/05/2010 Bob Laughlin Stanford Univ. HOST:   Shoucheng Zhang Here Comes the Sun
01/12/2010 John March-Russell Oxford Univ. HOST:  Savas Dimopoulos Exploring String Axions and Photini with Astrophysics, Cosmology, and the LHC
01/19/2010 Victor Yakovenko Univ. of Maryland HOST:  Shoucheng Zhang Statistical Mechanics of Money, Income, and Wealth
01/26/2010 Nemanja Kaloper UC Davis HOST:  Savas Dimopoulos Out of Darkness:  The Quest for Lambda
02/02/2010 Eliot Quataert Univ. of Calif., Berkeley HOST:  Tom Abel The Transient Revolution in Astrophysics
02/09/2010 Philippe Bouyer Polytechnique in France HOST:  Geert Vrijsen (Student Host) Simulating Quantum Transport in Atoms and Light
02/16/2010 Jan Liphardt UC Berkeley HOST:  Steve Quake The Evolving Intersection of Physics and Biology
02/23/2010 Thomas Gregor Princeton Univ. HOST:  Mike Minar The Onset of Collective Behavior in Cell Populations of the Social Amoebae
03/02/2010 Patrick Lee MIT HOST:  Shoucheng Zhang An End to the Drought of Quantum Spin Liquid
03/09/2010 Albert Fert Orsay HOST:  Shoucheng Zhang Spintronics:  Recent Developments and Perspective
03/16/2010 FINALS WEEK NO COLLOQ.!!!    
Fall 2009/2010
date speaker institution host title
9/29/2009 Tom Abel Stanford Univ. Host:  Seb Doniach

Star Formations Then and Now

10/06/2009 Hideo Mabuchi Stanford Univ. Host:  Seb Doniach From Jaynes-Cummings to Rouse-Zimm:  Interdisciplinary Quantum Optics
10/13/2009 Irfan Siddiqi UC Berkeley Host:  Julie Bert (student host) Quantum Noise in Josephson's "Frictionless" Pendulum
10/20/2009 Harold Hwang Univ. of Tokyo Host:  Z.-X. Shen Atomic Engineering Oxide Heterointerfaces
10/27/2009 Taekjip Ha Univ of Illinois Host: Steve Block Revisiting the Double Helix
11/03/2009 Joseph Formaggio MIT Host:  Giorgio Gratta Weighing Neutrinos
11/10/2009 Eric J. Heller Harvard Univ. Host:  Hari Manoharan Stalking the Two-Dimensional Electron
11/17/2009 David Awschalom UCSB Host:  Shoucheng Zhang Engineering Semiconductors and Engaging Diamonds for Spintronics
11/24/2009 THANKSGIVING RECESS      
12/01/2009 Risa Wechsler Stanford Univ. Host:  Pat Burchat Galaxy Formation Insights from the Evolution of Structure
12/08/2009 Siegfried S Hecker Stanford Univ. Host:  Seb Doniach Plutonium Metallurgy:  From 5f Electrons to Bombs
Spring 2008/2009
date speaker institution host title
4/7/2009 Alex Vilenkin Tufts University Host: Lenny Susskind Measures of the Multiverse
4/14/2009 Moti Segev Technion, Israel Host: Steve Harris Anderson Localization of Light
4/21/2009 Ron Ruth SLAC Host: Pat Burchat A Miniature Synchrotron using Inverse Compton Scattering: Basic Principles and Initial Experiments
4/28/2009 Julie Theriot Stanford - Biochem. Dept. Host: Daniel Fisher Mechanics and Dynamics of Cell Movement
5/5/2009 Adam Burrows Princeton University Host: Tom Abel How do Stars Explode? Mechanisms of Core-Collapse Supernovae
5/12/2009 Hari Manoharan Stanford University Host: Pat Burchat Peeking at the Berry Phase in Dirac Materials
5/19/2009 Leonardo Senatore Institute for Advanced Study,
Joint Colloquium
Non-Gaussianities: Probing High Energy Physics with Cosmological Observations
Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  (Refreshments: 4:00pm)
Location: Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC
5/26/2009 Sidney Nagel Univ. of Chicago Host: Daniel Fisher The Life and Death of a Drop:  Topological Transitions and Singularities in Fluids
6/02/2009 Arthur Ramirez Univ. of CA, Santa Cruz Host:  Doug Osheroff How Do Organic Semiconductors Work?
Winter 2008/2009
date speaker institution host title
1/6/2009 NO COLLOQUIUM      
1/13/2009 Janet Conrad MIT Host: Nicole Ackerman Nu Directions in the Search for New Physics
1/20/2009 Rashid Sunyaev Max Planck Institute, Germany Host: Tom Abel The Physics of Cosmological Recombination
1/27/2009 Peter Graham Stanford University Host: Savas Dimopoulos Astrophysical Probes of Unification
2/3/2009 Nader Engheta Penn. State Host: Jon Schuller Circuits with Light at the Nanoscale
2/10/2009 Laura Greene Univ. of Illinois Host: Julie Bert Andreev Reflection in Heavy Fermion Superconductors: Focus on CeCoIn5
2/17/2009 Seth Putterman UCLA Host: Giorgio Gratta Towards XRay and Fusion Mems
2/24/2009 Mark Kasevich Stanford University Host: Eva Silverstein Atom Interferometry
3/3/2009 Stuart Raby Ohio State Host: Savas Dimopoulos The Puzzle of Charge and Mass
3/10/2009 Sandra Faber UCSC host: Tom Abel Galaxy Evolution Over the Last Two-Thirds of Cosmic Time
3/17/2009 Paul Kushner Univ. of Toronto host: Eva Silverstein Climate Sensitivity and Climate Models
Fall 2008
date speaker institution host title
9/23/2008 Alexei Kitaev Caltech host: Shoucheng Zhang Topological Quantum Computation
9/30/2008 Jun Ye JILA, NIST, Univ. of Colorado host: Bob Byer Precision Quantum Metrology
10/7/2008 David Goldhaber-Gordon Stanford University host: Shoucheng Zhang Transport in Graphene: Analogies between Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Electrons in a Single Layer of Carbon Atoms?
10/14/2008 Chetan Nayak UCSB host: Eva Silverstein Topological Quantum Computation
10/21/2008 Bill Halperin Northwestern University host: Aharon Kapitulnik Unconventional Pairing and Impurities in Superfluid 3He
10/28/2008 Peter Michelson Stanford University host: Chao-Lin Kuo Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope: First Light
11/04/2008 Uros Seljak UC Berkeley host: Eva Silverstein Probing Fundamental Physics with Cosmological Observations
11/11/2008 Ronald Walsworth Harvard University host: Michael Minar From Astrophysics to Bioimaging: New Applications of Physics Tools
11/18/2008 Nergis Mavalvala MIT host: Giorgio Gratta Quantum Mechanics on Giant Scales
11/25/2008 NO COLLOQUIUM-Thanksgiving Recess      
12/02/2008 Wayne Hu Univ. of Chicago host: Chao-Lin Kuo  
12/09/2008 No colloq.      
Spring 2008
date speaker institution host title
4/1/2008 Yi Cui Stanford University host: P. Michelson Nanowire Materials for Energy and Nanoelectronics
4/8/2008 Larry Abbott Columbia University host: L. Susskind Hofstadter Lecture: "Who's Afraid of Chaotic Networks? Models of Sensory and Motor Processing in the Face of Spontaneous Neuronal Activity"
4/15/2008 Alan Watson Univ. of Leeds, U.K. host: P. Michelson Is the Search for the Origin of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays Over?
4/22/2008 Gary Sanders and Brent Ellerbroek Caltech host: R. Byer "The Thirty Meter Telescope Project: Opening the Next Generation of Giant Telescopes" by Gary Sanders (30 mins.) and "Adaptive Optics for the Thirty Meter Telescope" by Brent Ellerbroek (30 mins.)
4/29/2008 Lenny Susskind Stanford University host: Eva Silverstein Negative Curvature
5/6/2008 Anthony Mezzacappa Oak Ridge Natl. Lab host: G. Gratta Ascertaining the Core Collapse Supernova Explosion Mechanism through High-Performance Computing
5/13/2008 Rick Gaitskell Brown University host: B. Cabrera A Noble Endeavor - Looking for Dark Matter
5/27/2008 Matias Zaldarriaga Harvard University host: E. Silverstein Cosmology: Present Status and Future Prospects
6/3/2008 Scott Hubbard Stanford University host: P. Michelson Examining the Vision for Space Exploration: Workshop Findings
Winter 2008
date speaker institution host title
1/15/2008 Steve Allen Stanford Univ. & SLAC host: E. Silverstein New Cosmological Constraints from X-ray Studies of Galaxy Clusters
1/22/2008 CANCELLED      
1/29/2008 Ned Wingreen Princeton Univ. host: R. Laughlin Modeling the Chemosensing System of E. coli
2/5/2008 Lars Bildsten UCSB host: R. Blandford Explosions in Accreting White Dwarfs: From Novae to Supernovae
2/12/2008 Juan Collar Univ. of Chicago host: G. Gratta Something Old, Something New
2/19/2008 Mike Deweese Univ. of CA at Berkeley host: E. Silverstein One Physicist's View of the Cortex
2/26/2008 Arthur Bienenstock Stanford Univ. host: P. Burchat Other Faces of the American Physical Society
3/4/2008 Sam Waldman Caltech host: G. Gratta Looking Towards Gravitational Wave Astronomy
3/11/2008 Scott Tremaine Institute for Adv. Study host: R. Blandford The Long-Term Evolution of Planetary Orbits
Fall 2007
Date speaker institution host title
9/25/2007 Wendy Freedman Carnegie Observatories host: R. Blandford Measuring Cosmological Parameters
10/2/2007 Misha Lukin Harvard host: M. Kasevich Controlling Single Nuclei and Lighting Nanowires: New Frontiers of Quantum Optical Science
10/9/2007 Shoucheng Zhang Stanford Univ. host: Seb Doniach Quantum Spin Hall Effect
10/16/2007 Chuck Steidel Caltech host: R. Blandford Understanding Galaxy Formation: What are we Missing?
10/23/2007 Immanuel Bloch J. Gutenberg-Universitat host: M. Kasevich Exploring Quantum Matter with Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices
10/30/2007 Neal Weiner New York University host: S. Dimopoulos Illuminating Dark Matter
11/6/2007 David Goldhaber-Gordon Stanford host: S. Kachru Designer Hamiltonians in the Laboratory: Observation of Many Body Physics in a Semiconductor Nanostructure
11/13/2007 Dam Thanh Son Univ. of Washington host: S. Kachru Viscosity, Black Holes and Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
11/27/2007 Peter Zoller Univ. of Innsbrook host: M. Kasevich Quantum Information anf Condensed Matter Physics with Quantum Optical Systems
12/4/2007 Nigel Goldenfeld Univ. of Illinois host: S. Doniach Biocomplexity in Action: Pattern Formation and Microbial Ecology at Yellowstone's Hot Springs
12/11/2007 Yuk Yung Caltech host: R. Blandford Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres
Spring 2007
Date Speaker Institution host title
4/3/2007 L. Mahadevan Harvard Univ. host: students Geometric Mechanics: From the Atomic to the Tectonic
4/10/2007 Frans Pretorius Princeton Univ. host: E. Silverstein Simulations of Black Hole Collisions
4/17/2007 Peter Gorham Univ. of Hawaii host: G. Gratta Ultra High Energy Cosmic Ray Neutrinos
4/24/2007 Rob Phillips Caltech host: S. Doniach The Physics of How Viruses Make New Viruses
5/1/2007 John W. Harris Yale Univ. host: L. Susskind Evidence for a Quark-Gluon Plasma in the Laboratory
5/8/2007 John Mather NASA host: R. Blandford From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and Beyond
5/15/2007 Nathan Seiberg Inst. for Advanced Study host: E. Silverstein Supersymmetry and its Breaking
5/22/2007 Eliot Quataert UC Berkeley host: E. Silverstein The Rise and Fall of Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei
5/29/2007 Amnon Aharony Ben Gurion University, Israel host: A. Kapitulnik Mesoscopic Physics, Quantum Dots and the Aharonov-Bohm Interferometer
6/5/2007 Bonnie Fleming Yale University host: G. Gratta MiniBooNE Oscillation Results
Winter 2007
Date Speaker Institution host title
1/16/2007 Guy Deutcher Tel Aviv University host: A. Kapitulnik "What are the High Tc Cuprates Good for?
1/23/2007 John Clarke UC Berkeley host: S. Kivelson "Coupled Flux Qubits with Controllable Interaction"
1/30/2007 Alan Title Lockheed Martin hosts: P. Burchat & P. Scherrer "Following the Trail of the Magnetic Field from the Solar Interior through the Heliosphere"
2/6/2007 Andy MacKenzie St. Andrews host: S. Kivelson "Quantum Criticality as a Driver for Discovery"
2/13/2007 Ian Fisher Stanford host: Z.-X. Shen "Spin-dimer Compounds - Magnon BEC and the role of Crystal Structure"
2/20/2007 Jonathan Arons UC Berkeley host: R. Blandford "Cosmic Pevatrons: The Excitation of Pulsar Wind Nebulae"
2/27/2007 Greg Boebinger Natl. High Magnetic Field Lab. host: S. Kivelson "Is a Quantum Phase Transition Underlying High-Temperature Superconductivity?"
3/6/2007 none      
Autumn 2006
Date Speaker Insitution Host Title
10/3/2006 Azadeh Tabazadeh Stanford host: V. Petrosian Greenhouse Gas Versus Aerosol Forcing of Climate Change
10/10/2006 Mark Schnitzer Stanford host: A. Kapitulnik Biophysical approaches to the study of mammilian brain circuits
10/17/2006 Uwe Bergmann SLAC host: A. Kapitulnik Secrets in the Ancient Goatskin: Archimedes' Writings under X-Ray Vision
10/24/2006 Aharon Kapitulnik Stanford   Broken Time Reversal Symmetry States in Novel Superconductors
10/25/2006 Michael Brown Caltech host: V. Petrosian Bunyan Lecture: Pluto, Eris, and the Dwarf Planets of the Solar System
10/31/2006 Michael Crommie Berkeley host: S. Kivelson Exploring and Manipulating Fullerenes at the Single Molecule Level
11/7/2006 Calvin Quate Stanford host: R. Byer Another Era in Imaging -Scanning Probes
11/14/2006 Prof. Tony Tyson UC Davis host: Peter Michelson The New Digital Sky: Probes of Dark Matter and Dark Energy
11/21/2006 None     Thanksgiving Recess
11/28/2006 Dr. Taekjip Ha Univ. of Illinois host: S. Doniach Single Molecule Views of Nature's Nano-Machines
12/5/2006 Dr. Eugene Demler Harvard Univ. host: S. Kivelson Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems: From Electronic Materials to Cold Atoms
Spring 2006
Date Speaker Institution Host Notes
4/3/2006 Jim Cronin Univ. of Chicago host: Fetter Hofstadter public lecture, Monday: "Cosmic Rays: A Fascinating Scientific History"
4/4/2006 Hofstadter colloquium: "The Pierre Auger Observatory for Highest Energy Cosmic Rays"
4/10/2006 Joel R. Primack; Nancy Ellen Abrams UC Santa Cruz; Attorney/Writer KIPAC & Physics Special colloquium, Monday, 7:30pm, Hewlett room 200, "The View from the Center of the Universe"
4/11/2006 Krishna Rajagopal MIT host: Silverstein "The Condensed Matter Astrophysics of QCD"
4/18/2006 Hideo Mabuchi Caltech host: Yamamoto "Measurement, Control and Quantum Information"
4/25/2006 Shri Kulkarni Caltech host: Silverstein "Cosmic Explosions: Known and Knowable"
5/02/2006 Lance Dixon SLAC host: Silverstein "Twistor Spinoffs for Collider Physics"
5/09/2006 Boris Altshuler Columbia host: Kapitulnik "Many-Body Localization"
5/16/2006 Raphael Bousso UC Berkeley host: Silverstein "The Cosmological Constant Problem and the Landscape of String Theory"
5/23/2006 Daniel Gottesman Perimeter Institute host: Silverstein "Private Key and Public Key Quantum Cryptography"
5/30/2006 Christopher Monroe Univ. of Michigan host: Yamamoto "Quantum Networks and Ion Trap Quantum Computers"
6/6/2006 Subir Sachdev Harvard Univ. host: Silverstein "Detecting Quantum Duality in the Cuprate Superconductors"
Winter 2006
Date Speaker Institution host title
1/10/2006 Daniel Fisher Harvard Univ host: Kivelson "Is evolution understood? Quantitative questions from a statistical mechanic"
1/17/2006 Edward Baltz KIPAC/SLAC host: Kahn "Solving the Dark Matter Problem"
1/24/2006 Rob Goldston Princeton Plasma Physics Lab host: Gratta "Advances in Magnetic Fusion Science and the ITER Project"
1/31/2006 John Tranquada Brookhaven host: Kivelson "Seeing Stripes in High Temperature Superconductors"
2/07/2006 Tor Raubenheimer SLAC host: Kahn "The International Linear Collider: Accelerator Physics and Design Challenges"
2/14/2006 Jeff Kimble CalTech host: Hui Deng "Quantum Optics with Single Atoms and Photons"
2/21/2006 Carol Christian Space Telescope Science Inst. host: Kahn "Science, Satellites, and Foreign policy"
2/28/2006 Richard Packard UC Berkeley host: Kivelson "Superfluid weak links: physics and applications"
3/7/2006 Ady Stern Weismann Institute host: Goldhaber-Gordon 'Quantum Twists and Slits: Unconventional "anyonic" statistics on the way from Theory-land to Experimental Demonstrations'
3/14/06 Miklos Gyulassy Columbia Univ. host: Kahn " The Quark Gluon Plasma at RHIC/BNL"
Autumn 2005
Date Speaker Institution Host Title
10/4/2005 Jun Ye JILA host: Kasevich "Precision measurement meets ultrafast science"
10/11/2005 Joachim Stöhr SSRL/SLAC host: Doniach "Magnetism and X-Rays: Past, Present and a Vision of the Future"
10/18/2005 Leslie Berlin - host: Kasevich "The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley"
10/25/2005 Robert Kirshner Harvard host: Blandford "A Blunder Undone: Supernova Cosmology and the Accelerating Universe"
11/1/2005 Phuan Ong Princeton host: Kivelson "Vortices and the loss of phase coherence in the high-temperature superconductors"
11/8/2005 Seth Putterman UCLA host: Adam Cohen "Energy Concentrating Phenomena: From Sonoluminescence To Crystal Fusion"
11/14/2005 David Spergel Princeton host: Petrosian Bunyan Lecture (Monday) "Taking the Baby Picture of the Universe"
11/15/2005 Colloquium (Tuesday) "Cosmology from WMAP and Beyond"
11/22/2005 None -- -- Thanksgiving Recess
11/29/2005 Robert Birgenau UC Berkeley host: Greven "High Temperature Superconductivity and Magnetism: Friends or Foes?"
12/6/2005 -- -- -- End Quarter Period
Spring 2005
Date Speaker Institution Host Topic Notes
3/29/2005 Scott Thomas Stanford Lenny Susskind The Meaning of Naturalness  
4/05/2005 Z.X. Shen Stanford David Goldhaber-Gordon The Photoelectric Effect Since Einstein  
4/12/2005 Steve Quake Stanford   Imaging Information in DNA  
4/19/2005 C.W. Francis Everitt Stanford Blas Cabrera The Gravity Probe B Flight Mission:A Stanford Physics-Engineering Partnership  
4/26/2005 Nima Arkani-Hamed Harvard Savas Dimopoulos Naturalness versus the Landscape, or, Why does the Universe Appear Finely Tuned?  
5/03/2005 Sarah Church Stanford Pat Burchat The QUaD CMB Polarization Experiment  
5/10/2005 Gerald Gabrielse Harvard Giorgio Gratta One-Electron Quantum Cyclotron: First Fully-Quantum Measurement of the Electron Magnetic Moment, and a Greatly Improved Value for the Fine Structure Constant  
5/17/2005 Jim Eisenstein Caltech David Goldhaber-Gordon Exciton Condensation and the Quantum Hall Effect  
5/24/2005 Peter Galison Harvard Sandy Fetter The Assassin of Relativity Hofstadter Lecture
Winter 2005
Date Name Institution Host Title
1/4/2005 Markus Greiner JILA Boulder Mark Kasevich Fermion Condensates
1/11/2005 David Awschalom UCSB David Goldhaber-Gordon Spintronics: Semiconductors, Molecules and Quantum Information Processing
1/18/2005 Tom Abel Stanford University & Kavli Institute David Goldhaber-Gordon The First Stars
1/25/2005 Dan Rugar IBM Almaden Research Center David Goldhaber-Gordon Single Spin Detection by Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy
2/1/2005 Jacob Bekenstein Hebrew University of Jerusalem Bob Wagoner Gravitation and the bounds on information
2/8/2005 Moses Chan Penn State University Doug Osheroff Can a Solid be a Superfluid?
2/15/2005 Glenn Starkman Case Western Reserve University Savas Dimopoulos Is the low-l Microwave Background Cosmic?
2/22/2005 Maria Spiropulu CERN Savas Dimopoulos **Cancelled** (was: 14 TeV Physics)
3/1/2005 Andreas Wallraff Yale University David Goldhaber-Gordon Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Processing with Superconducting Circuits
Autumn 2004
Date Name Institution Host Title
9/28/2004 Boris Kayser Fermilab S. Wojcicki The Neutrino World: Present and Future
10/5/2004 Burt Richter SLAC Peter Michelson Gambling with the Future: Energy, Environment & Economics in the 21st Century
10/12/2004 Jason Ho OSU Shoucheng Zhang The Exploding Field of Quantum Gases
10/19/2004 Wolfgang Ketterle MIT Mark Kasevich Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atoms, Molecules and Fermion Pairs
10/26/2004 Bill Atwood UC Santa Cruz Peter Michelson Physics of Violins
11/2/2004 Charlie Marcus Harvard DGG and Kam Moler Quantum Circuits
11/9/2004 Joe Polchinski UC Santa Barbara David Goldhaber-Gordon Cosmic Superstrings
11/16/2004 Jim Eisenstein Caltech David Goldhaber-Gordon **Cancelled** -- Exciton Condensation and the Quantum Hall Effect
11/16/2004 Anatoly Spitkovsky KIPAC, Stanford University   "The Incredible Double Pulsar -- A Laboratory for General Relativity, Nuclear Physics and Relativistic Plasma Physics"
11/23/2004 Marlan Scully Texas A&M & Princeton Steve Harris Coherent Control: From QED to DNA
11/30/2004 Ed Lu NASA Vahe' Petrosian Moving, Manipulating and Mining Astroids
Spring 2003-2004
Date Speaker Institution Title
3/29/04 Carl Wieman JILA, University of Colorado 2004 Robert Hoftadter Memorial Lecture
3/30/04 Carl Wieman JILA, University of Colorado Resonant BEC: a New Macroscopic Quantum System
4/6/04 Tom Soifer Caltech The Spitzer Space Telescope: NASA's Newest Great Observatory
4/13/04 Deborah Jin University of Colorado Condensates of Fermionic Atom Pairs
4/20/04 Robert Cahn University of California, Berkeley Elementary Quantum Mechanics and the Newly Discovered Particles
4/27/04 Ian Shipsey Purdue University Bringing Hearing to the Deaf Cochlear Implants: a Technical and Personal Account
5/4/04 Mark Kasevich Stanford University Control of Non-Classical States of Matter
5/11/04 Barbara Jacak State University of New York, Stony Brook A New Kind of Matter at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider?
5/18/04 Shoucheng Zhang Stanford University Dissipationless Quantum Spin Current
5/25/04 Nathan S. Lewis California Institute of Technology Title: TBA
6/1/04 Blas Cabrera Stanford University Title: TBA
Winter 2003-2004
Date Speaker Institution Title
1/6/04 Geoff Marcy University of California, Berkeley Planetary Systems
1/13/04 Shamit Kachru SLAC/Stanford Physics Department Cosmology on the String Theory Landscape
1/20/04 Amir Yacoby Weizmann Institute Spin - Charge Separation and Localization in One - Dimension Measured Using Momentum Resolved Tunneling.
1/27/04 Howard Georgi Harvard University Women and the Future of Physics
2/3/04 Misha Lukin Harvard University Quantum Control of Photons and Atoms
2/10/04 Doug Scalapino University of California, Santa Barbara (HTS and Wireless)
2/17/04 Stefan Westerhoff Columbia University HiRes: Mapping the High Energy Universe
2/24/04 Daniel Kleppner MIT Is a Boost-Phase Missile Defense System Feasible?
3/2/04 Ned Wingreen Princeton University E. Coli's Division Decision: Modeling Min-Protein Oscillations
3/9/04 Dr. John L. Callas Jet Propulsion Laboratory The Mars Exploration Rovers: The Corps of Discovery for Mars
Autumn 2003-2004
Date Speaker Institution Title
9/30/03 Stan Woosley University of California, Santa Cruz Gamma-Ray Bursts: Nature's Grandest Explosions
10/07/03 Doug Osheroff Stanford University Understanding the Columbia Shuttle Accident
10/14/03 Herbert Walther Max-Planck Inst. for Quantum Optics Quantum Optics of Single Atoms
10/21/03 Tom Baer CEO/founder, Arcturus, Mt. View Systems for Microgenomics: Tools for Understanding the Fundamental Physics and Chemistry of Normal and Diseased Cells.
10/28/03 Mark Raizen University of Texas, Austin New Frontiers in Controlling the Motion of Matter with Light: from Single Atoms to Neurons
11/04/03 Steven H. Simon Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs The Unexpected Physics in Modern Wireless Communication: Replicas, Diffusions, and Supersymmetry for Fun and Profit
11/11/03 Max Tegmark University of Pennsylvania, MIT Cosmology with SDSS and WMAP
11/18/03 Andy MacKenzie University of St. Andrews, Scotland Sr2RuO4 - a superconducting analogue of superfluid 3He?
11/25/03 Kevin Lesko University of California, Berkeley Title: The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: Determination of Solar Neutrino Mixing Parameters with Salty Water
12/02/03 David P. DeMille Yale University Fundamental Physics with Diatomic Molecules: From CP Violation to Quantum Computation Also: Kirkpatrick Award to be presented
Spring 2002-2003
Date Speaker Institution Title
4/1/03 Phil Bucksbaum University of Michigan Ultrafast Optical Control Of Quantum Dynamics
4/8/03 Gary Hinshaw NASA Taking the Measure of the Universe: Cosmology from the WMAP Mission
4/15/03 David G. Stork Ricoh Innovations and Stanford University Did the Great Masters "Cheat" Using Optics? The Mysterious Rise in Naturalism in Renaissance Painting
4/22/03 Christopher Chyba Stanford University and SETI Title: The Comet and Asteroid Impact Hazards
4/29/03 David Weitz Harvard University Title: TBA, Note change in location: Building 420-041, Jordan Hall (Psychology Building)
5/6/03 Dan Ralph Cornell University Quantum States in Metal Nanoparticles and Single Molecules
5/13/03 -TBA-    
5/20/03 Roger Falcone UC, Berkeley Title: TBA
5/27/03 David Griffiths Reed College Teaching, Writing, and Doing Physics
Winter 2002-2003
Date Speaker Institution Title
1/14/03 J. C. Seamus Davis University of California, Berkeley Title TBA
1/21/03 Steve Girvin Yale University Superconducting Quantum Bits that (Really!) Work
1/27/03 Alan Guth MIT Hofstadter Lecture on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 8:00 pm
1/28/03 Alan Guth MIT Title TBA (Hofstadter Lecturer)
2/4/03 K.C. Cole Los Angles Times, UCLA Lost in the Translation: Writing about Science for the General Public
2/11/03 Hitoshi Murayama University of California, Berkeley Title TBA
2/18/03 TBA    
2/25/03 John Beacom Fermilab Frontiers in Neutrino Astrophysics
3/4/03 Brian Wandell Stanford University Computational Neuroimaging: Measuring the Mind
3/11/03 TBA    
Autumn 2002-2003
Date Speaker Institution Title
10/1/02 Joanne Hewett Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Exploring the Fabric of Spacetime
10/8/02 Sergey Brin Google, Co-Founder & President, Technology Google: Climbing the Technology Ladder
10/15/02 M.M Nieto Los Alamos National Laboratory A Mission To Test The Pioneer Anomaly
10/22/02 Giorgio Gratta Stanford University How Much Does a Neutrino Weigh?
10/29/02 Dick Bond University of Toronto The Cosmic Microwave Background and Inflation, Then and Now
11/5/02 Immanuel Bloch Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich & Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching Seeing the Particles Beneath the Waves - Beyond Mean Field, Physics with Bose-Einstein Condensates in Optical Lattices
11/12/02 Andrei Linde Stanford University Inflation, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe
11/19/02 John Wikswo Vanderbilt University The Physics of the Heart
11/26/02 David Kirkby University of California, Irvine Through the Looking Glass: What's the Matter with Antimatter?
Spring 2001-2002
Date Speaker Institution Title
4/2/02 Hendrik Schoen Bell Labs Transport Phenomena in Molecular Crystals
4/9/02 Professor Margaret Murnane University of Colorado How to Make Atoms Sing and Molecules Dance - Using Shaped Light Pulses to Observe and Control Nature
4/16/02 Paul Corkum National Research Council of Canada Sub-Laser-Cycle Electron Pulses For Probing Molecular Dynamics
4/23/02 Rafi de Picciotto Lucent's Bell Labs Title: Resistanceless Ballistic Quantum Wires
4/30/02 Gary Williams University of California, Los Angeles Luminescence from Laser-Induced Bubbles in Water and Cryogenic Liquids
5/7/02 Mark J. Schnitzer Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies Title: "New Fiber- and Micro-Optic Approaches to in vivo Brain Imaging"
5/14/02 Prof. Gabriel Kotliar Rutgers University Dynamical Mean-Field Theory and Predicting The Properties of Plutonium
5/21/02 Professor James Gates University of Maryland Superstrings: Einstein's Theory at the New Millennium
5/28/02 Professor Aharon Kapitulnik Applied Physics and Physics, Stanford University Tests for Corrections to Newton's Gravity at sub-mm Scales.
6/4/02 No regularly-scheduled Colloquium until Autumn
Winter Quarter 2001/2002
Date Speaker Institution Title
1/15/02 Barry Barish Caltech LIGO and the Search for Gravitational Waves
1/22/02 Professor Theodor W. Hänsch Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, and Sektion Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany Counting with the Speed of Light
1/29/02 Steve Kivelson University of California, Los Angeles Locally Crystalline Electron Liquids
2/5/02 TBA    
2/12/02 (no colloquium today)   Hofstadter Colloquium and Lecture 2/13 and 2/14
2/13/01 - 4:00 pm Hofstadter Colloquium Eric Cornell University of Colorado Artifice and Equilibrium Experiments with Synthetic and Natural Vortices in a Superfluid Gas
2/14/01 - 8:00 pm Hofstadter Lecture Eric Cornell University of Colorado Stone Cold Science Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Weird World of Physics a Millionth of a Degree from Absolute Zero
2/19/02 Dr. Arthur Wolfe University of California, San Diego Title TBA
2/26/02 TBA    
3/5/02 TBA    
3/12/02 TBA    
Autumn Quarter 2001/2002
Date Speaker Institution Title Notes
10/2/01 Professor David Hertzog University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Title: How the Muon's Spin Challenges the Standard Model The David Levine and Paul Kirkpatrick Awards will be presented before the lecture.
10/9/01 Professor Mike Jura University of California, Los Angeles Title: Other Solar Systems  
10/16/01 Professor Josh Klein University of Pennsylvania Title: Unraveling the Solar Neutrino Problem at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory  
10/23/01 Professor Walter Harrison Stanford University Title: How Electronic Structure Got Simple  
10/30/01 Professor Art Rosenfeld Commissioner, California Energy Commission Title: Fixing 2/3 of California's Electricity Problem via Efficiency, Real Time Pricing, and Demand Response  
11/6/01 Professor Karl van Bibber Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Title: A Search for Dark-Matter Axions  
11/13/01 Dr. Gabriel Aeppli NEC Research Title: "Putting the Quantum Back into Magnetism"  
11/20/01 Roger Blandford California Institute of Technology "New Horizons in Black Hole Astrophysics"  
11/27/01 Professor Steve Block Stanford University Living Nightmares: Facing the Growing Threat of Biological Weapons  
Spring 2001
Date Speaker Institution Title  
4/3/01 Professor Clifford Johnson University of Durham Title: Strings and Branes: New Tools for Tough Problems?  
4/10/01 Professor Eli Yablonovitch University of California, Los Angeles Title: Electron Spin Resonance Transistors, for Quantum Communication & Computing  
4/17/01 Professor Greg Landsberg Brown University Title: Out-of-this-World Physics: Probing Quantum Gravity in the Lab  
4/24/01 Dr. Xiaowei Zhuang Stanford University Title: To Be Announced  
5/1/01 To Be Announced      
5/8/01 Professor John Clarke University of California, Berkeley Title: To Be Announced  
5/15/01 To Be Announced      
5/22/01 To Be Announced      
5/29/01 Professor Michael Roukes the California Institute of Technology Title: To Be Announced  
Winter 2001
Date Speaker Institution Title  
1/16/01 Steve Girvin Indiana University Title: Physics of "Which layer?" Uncertainty  
1/23/01 Andrei Linde Stanford University Physics Department Title: To Be Announced  
1/30/01 Marc Kastner MIT Title: The Kondo Effect in a Single-Electron Transistor  
2/6/01 Nocholas Bigelow University of Rochester Title: To Be Announced  
2/13/01 Nima Arkani-Hamed University of California at Berkeley Title: To Be Announced  
2/20/01 Mr. Tom Siegfried Science Editor of The Dallas Morning News Title: To Be Announced  
2/27/01 Rene Ong University of California, Los Angeles Title: The Violent Universe: Extending the Limits of Particle Physics and Astronomy  
3/6/01 Lawrence J. Hall University of California at Berkeley Title: To Be Announced  
3/12/01 Monday evening
8:00 p.m. Hofstadter Lecture
Isabelle Grenier University of Paris Title: New Views of a Vibrant Universe  
3/13/01 Isabelle Grenier Hofstadter Lecturer University of Paris Title: Unidentified Gamma-ray sources in the Milky Way: A 25 year old mystery solved?  


Autumn 2000


date Speaker institution title
10/3/00 Saul Perlmutter Supernova Cosmology Project, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Title: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Universe - What Next?
10/10/00 Francis Halzen University of Wisconsin, Madison Title: High Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Results from the South Pole
10/17/00 Pat Burchat Stanford University Title: To Be Announced
10/24/00 Eric Adelberger University of Washington Title: To Be Announced
10/31/00 Henry Abarbanel Department of Physics and Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego Title: Small Networks of Biological and Electronic Neurons
11/7/00 Joel Primack UC, Santa Cruz Title: The State of the Universe: Cold Dark Matter and all that
11/14/00 Paul McEuen UC, Berkeley Title: To Be Announced
11/21/00 Roger Romani Stanford University Title: To Be Announced
11/28/00 Peter Galison Harvard Title: To Be Announced


Spring 2000
Date Speaker Institution Title
April 4, 2000; 8:00 PM Ian R. Fisher Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA Symmetry, energy scales and length scales: ways to look at the physics of new materials
April 11, 2000 Charles Townes UC Berkeley Behavior of Old Stars Observed by Infrared Spatial Interferometry (In conjunction with the Bunyan Lecture the next evening)
Apr. 18, 2000 Dr. Raman Sundrum Stanford University  
Apr. 25, 2000 Brian Greene Columbia University  
May 2, 2000 Ed Hines University of Essex  
May 9, 2000 Persi Diaconis Statistics and Math Departments, Stanford University