Weekly Colloquium

Most weeks during the semester, we host a scholar for a one-day visit. The visit culminates with a public talk on a topic of contemporary physics or astronomy. Students are welcome to these talks, and seniors are required to attend at least nine over the course of a year. We gather before the talks for tea, coffee, and cookies. Near the end of each semester, honors thesis students give public lectures on their work. The typical schedule has refreshments at 4:00 pm in Merrill 204 with the talk at 4:15 pm in Merrill 3. 

Our Astronomy program is part of the Five College Astronomy Department, which hosts its own colloquium series Thursdays at 3:45 pm at UMass in LGRT 1033. 

  • If you would like to be mailed seminar announcements, please send an email to physics@amherst.edu.
  • Contact colloquium organizer Larry Hunter (lrhunter@amherst.edu) with any questions about colloquia.

Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Weekly Physics & Astronomy Seminar: TBA

Unless otherwise noted, all physics seminars and colloquium are held on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 6:00 pm, 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 physics@amherst.edu

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Associate Professor Tanya Zelevinsky from Columbia University: "Ultracold molecules as quantum clocks"

Laser cooling is a tool that allows physicists to obtain samples of atoms, and even molecules, near the temperature of absolute zero, - colder than anything we observe in the universe. We describe the ideas behind laser cooling of atoms and using them as building blocks for diatomic molecules at ultracold temperatures. The atoms or molecules can be trapped and exquisitely probed with lasers, serving as extremely precise quantum oscillators, or “clocks”. These systems are useful for measurements in fundamental physics, as well as for studies of quantum optics and chemistry.

Tue, Mar 6, 2018

Professor David Weiss '85, Penn State: TBA

Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Professor Steven Chu, Stanford University

Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Weekly Physics & Astronomy Seminar: TBA

Unless otherwise noted, all physics seminars and colloquium are held on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 6:00 pm, 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 physics@amherst.edu

Tue, Apr 3, 2018

Weekly Physics & Astronomy Seminar: TBA

Unless otherwise noted, all physics seminars and colloquium are held on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 6:00 pm, 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 physics@amherst.edu

Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Weekly Physics & Astronomy Seminar: TBA

Unless otherwise noted, all physics seminars and colloquium are held on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 6:00 pm, 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 physics@amherst.edu

Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Physics/Astronomy Senior Thesis Talks

Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Physics/Astronomy Senior Thesis Talks