2014 - 2015 Physics 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.

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Sept. 9 - Prof. Gabriel Finkelstein '85 - Department of History, University of Colorado Denver

The Limits of Physics: A View from the Greatest Forgotten Intellectual of the Nineteenth Century

Sept. 11 (Thurs.) - Welcome Back Pizza Party. Student lounge - Merrill 114-116, 4:30PM

Majors, as well as those interested in physics, are welcome to attend.  To be held at 4:30 in the Department's student lounge - Rooms 114/116 of Merrill.  Please RSVP to Ellen Feld at by Thursday morning at 10AM (need a head count to order enough pizza for everybody).

Sept. 16 - Prof. Will Williams - Smith College

Trace Analysis, Cold Atom Physics and Smith College

Sept. 23 - Prof. David Schuster - University of Chicago

Cavity QED with electrons on helium

Sept. 30 - Prof. Hal Haggard - Bard College

Black Hole Fireworks: Quantum-Gravity Effects Outside the Horizon Spark Black to White Hole Tunneling

Oct. 7 - Dr. Michael Baker - City College of New York and New York University

Molecular Based Magnets and their Quantum Spin Dynamics

Oct. 14 - Fall Break

Oct. 21 - Dr. Michael Foss-Feig '07 - Joint Quantum Institute (NIST/UMD)

Ultracold Atoms Far from Equilibrium

Oct. 23 - Luis Orozco - Joint Quantum Institute/Univ. of Maryland


The Fr project at TRIUMF has started trapping and cooling this radioactive atom. We have done some optical spectroscopy to quantify the atomic nucleus and are preparing the apparatus to study weak interactions in this heavy alkali. I will give an update of the project.