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Physics colloquium – “Harnessing Spin in α-Sn”

CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering 1523 Illinois St., Golden, CO, United States

Minghzhong Wu Colorado State University, Department of Physics Abstract: Dirac semimetals are a recently discovered topological phase of quantum matter. α-Sn is unique among the Dirac semimetals because it is […]

No Physics colloquium – spring break

CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering 1523 Illinois St., Golden, CO, United States

No colloquium, spring break

Physics colloquium – “Quantum State Engineering through Weak Measurement”

CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering 1523 Illinois St., Golden, CO, United States

Hilary Hurst San José State University, Department of Physics & Astronomy Abstract: Superposition and entanglement are essential quantum properties which can be easily destroyed, rendering quantum devices useless. New modes […]

Physics colloquium-“Engineering Cooperative Orders in Thin Films of Quantum Materials”

Kaveh Ahadi North Carolina State University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Abstract: The intersection of emergent phenomena, e.g., ferroelectricity, magnetism, and superconductivity, is a fertile landscape for exotic quantum orders. In this presentation, I will talk about engineering these cooperative orders in complex oxides and chalcogenide thin films and heterostructures. I will present our […]

Physics colloquium – “Advances in Noisy Intermediate Scale Optimization”

CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering 1523 Illinois St., Golden, CO, United States

Davide Venturelli Universities Space Resource Association (USRA) Abstract: we discuss the field of quantum optimization and its near-term viability in gate model quantum processors. We will look at hardware efficient […]

Physics colloquium-“Engaging the Public and K-12 Students in Quantum Education”

CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering 1523 Illinois St., Golden, CO, United States

Emily Edwards Illinois Quantum Information Science & Technology Center (IQUIST) Abstract: Increasing public awareness and engagement with quantum-related topics in modern physics is of importance given the projected societal impact […]

Physics colloquium-“New Concepts and Emergent Materials for Optoelectronics and Photovoltaics”

Hill Hall 920 15th St., Golden, CO, United States

Thomas Fix University of Strasbourg, ICube Labroratoy (CNRS) Abstract: This seminar will give an overview of three different topics currently investigated in the Materials for electronic and photovoltaic devices team (MaCEPV) of ICube laboratory. Downshifting and downconversion for solar cells Downshifting and downconversion are advanced concepts for solar cells enabling a better match between the […]

Physics colloquium-“The Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a Super Pressure Balloon 2: The Science, the Mission, & Some of the Adventures”

Hill Hall 920 15th St., Golden, CO, United States

Lawrence Wiencke Colorado School of Mines, Physics Department Abstract: Ultra-high energy cosmic rays are the highest energy subatomic particles known to exist. Although much harder to detect, very high-energy neutrinos also carry information about the most extreme environments in the universe. And since they have zero charge, they point back to their creation point. The […]

Physics colloquium-“Mechanical Sensors for Dark Matter and Neutrinos”

Hill Hall 920 15th St., Golden, CO, United States

David Moore Yale University, Department of Physics Abstract: The development of optomechanical systems has revolutionized the detection of tiny forces over the past few decades. As such technologies reach (and […]

Physics colloquium-“Precision Spectroscopy of Atomic Hydrogen”

Hill Hall 920 15th St., Golden, CO, United States

Dylan Yost Colorado State University, Department of Physics Abstract: Because of atomic hydrogen’s simplicity, its energy levels can be precisely described by theory. This has made hydrogen an important atom in the development of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics (QED). While one can use hydrogen spectroscopy to determine the Rydberg constant and the proton charge […]

Physics colloquium-“Radioactive Atoms and Molecules for Fundamental Physics”

Hill Hall 920 15th St., Golden, CO, United States

Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics Abstract: A precise understanding of the interaction between the atomic nucleus and its bound electrons enables the exploration of physical phenomena across a wide range of energy scales. Atoms and molecules containing nuclei with extreme proton-to-neutron ratios can be artificially created to amplify and study […]

Physics colloquium-“Quantum Optics Meets Strong Field Physics: Novel Regimes of Coherent X-ray Generation with Strong Electron Correlation Dynamics and Attosecond Rabi Oscillations”

Hill Hall 920 15th St., Golden, CO, United States

Tenio Popmintchev University of California, San Diego Abstract: Ultrafast imaging and spectroscopies using coherent EUV - X-ray light based on the nonlinear process of high harmonic generation are already addressing grand challenges in complex molecular systems, plasmas, and advanced nanomaterials. The exquisite quantum control of the attosecond dynamics of the rescattering electrons in this extreme […]

Physics colloquium-“Ultrafast Spectro-Microscopy of Photo-Excited Systems: Harnessing the Power of X-Ray Tabletop and Facility-Scale Sources”

Hill Hall 920 15th St., Golden, CO, United States

Giulia Mancini Universita di Pavia (Pavia, Italy), Department of Physics Abstract: Ultrafast scattering, spectroscopy and imaging are essential tools for understanding and quantifying the functionality of nanoscale systems in space and time domains. The past decades witnessed a revolution in ultrafast pulsed sources, from optical lasers to pulsed X-rays sources. In the X-ray regime, X-ray […]

PhysicsFest – Happy Holidays!

CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering 1523 Illinois St., Golden, CO, United States

Join the Physics Department for the graduate student poster session, food, and drink. Physics undergrad majors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all invited to attend. CoorsTek Lobby

Physics colloquium-“Exponential Quantum Advantage in Approximate Optimization of Hard Constraint Satisfaction Problems”

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Eliot Kapit Colorado School of Mines, Physics Department Abstract: A huge range of important problems in computer science--including task optimization, formal logic, encryption, and machine learning--can be solved by finding the sequence of binary variables that optimizes a cost function defined by a series of few-variable constraint relationships. Many of these problems are in the […]

Physics colloquium-“Hunting for High-Energy Cosmic Radiation: The Coherent Radio Technique”

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Austin Cummings Penn State, Department of Physics Abstract: Cosmic rays and neutrinos provide a unique window into observations of the most violent physical phenomena in the universe. At the highest energies, the flux of these particles at Earth is incredibly low, making direct detection challenging. For neutrinos, the problem is further compounded by their miniscule […]

Physics colloquium-“Exponential Quantum Advantage in Approximate Optimization of Hard Constraint Satisfaction Problems”

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Eliot Kapit Colorado School of Mines, Department of Physics Abstract: A huge range of important problems in computer science--including task optimization, formal logic, encryption, and machine learning--can be solved by finding the sequence of binary variables that optimizes a cost function defined by a series of few-variable constraint relationships. Many of these problems are in […]

Physics colloquium-“Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses”

Green Center 924 16th Street, Golden, CO, United States

Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate University of Waterloo, Department of Physics & Astronomy Abstract: With the invention of lasers, the intensity of a light wave was increased by orders of magnitude over what had been achieved with a light bulb or sunlight. This much higher intensity led to new phenomena being observed, such as violet light […]

Physics colloquium-“The Physics of the Power Grid: What is the Role of Inertia and its Alternatives in the Clean Energy Grid of the Future?”

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Paul Denholm NREL Abstract: The existing power grid relies heavily on physical inertia provided by thermal and hydropower generators to maintain a nearly constant frequency. But the inverters used by wind and solar do not inherently provide physical inertia, and there is concern that replacing conventional generators with renewable resources could compromise grid stability. In […]

Physics colloquium-“Optical Neural Networks: Neuromorphic Computing and Sensing in the Optical Domain”

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Tianyu Wang Boston University Abstract: I will overview our work on analog neural networks based on photonics and other controllable physical systems. In particular, I will discuss why neural networks may serve as an ideal computational model that will enable us to harness the computational power of analog stochastic physical systems in a robust and […]

Physics colloquium-“Ergodicity Breaking in Quantum Dynamics”

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Rahul Nandkishore University of Colorado @ Boulder Abstract: When can isolated many body quantum systems fail to go to equilibrium under their own dynamics, and how robust can this `ergodicity breaking’ be? This question has been a central theme of research in quantum dynamics over the past decade, and I will share with you some […]

Physics colloquium-title to be announced

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Name and topic to be announced Pre-seminar snacks will be served in CoorsTek 150 from 3:30-4:00pm; lecture will take place in CTLM102.

Physics colloquium-“Hunting for Ghosts using Rare-Isotope Doped Superconducting and Optomechanical Sensors”

Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM) 1650 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO, United States

Kyle Leach Colorado School of Mines, Department of Physics Abstract: Nuclear beta and electron capture (EC) decay serve as sensitive probes of the structure and symmetries at the microscopic scale of our Universe. As such, precision measurements of the final-state products in these processes can be used as powerful laboratories to search for new physics […]

PhysicsFest!

CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering 1523 Illinois St., Golden, CO, United States

Join us in celebrating the graduating senior poster session and awards, eat good food, and drink good drinks! CoorsTek atrium