Physics

Seminars and Colloquia

Unless otherwise noted, all physics seminars and colloquia are held on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 6:00, in lecture room 3 of Merrill Science Center. Tea and snacks will be served before seminars at 4:15 in 204 Merrill. If you would like to be mailed seminar announcements, please send an email to Ellen Feld.

Contact colloquium organizer Jonathan Friedman with any questions about colloquia.

2015 - 2016

Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Welcome Back Pizza Party

Those interested in physics and/or astronomy are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Ellen Feld at effeld@amherst.edu by Thursday morning at 10AM (need a head count to order enough pizza for everybody).

Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Tue, Oct 6, 2015

Miles Blencowe - Dartmouth College

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

"Does the Big Bang Prevent Us from Being in Two Places at Once?"

Quantum mechanics tells us that atoms and even molecules can display both particle-like and wave-like properties. By wave-like properties, we mean for example that an atom can be in two different places at once. Only when we probe the atom does its position "collapse" into having one value or the other, and we have no way of knowing beforehand which value it will be. However, there is nothing in the theory of quantum mechanics that rules out larger objects, such as a ball or even you, being in two places simultaneously. So why don't we observe everyday objects in such bizarre quantum states? We shall argue that the answer may ultimately lie in the presence today of a largely invisible, leftover remnant from the Big Bang that created our Universe.

Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Tue, Oct 27, 2015

Tue, Nov 3, 2015

Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Tue, Feb 2, 2016

Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Tue, Mar 8, 2016

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Tue, Apr 26, 2016