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October 2017

Joint PH/McBride/HASS Colloquium: “Stephen Hawking Meets Jorge Luis Borges: A Tour of Real and Imaginary Universes”

October 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM), 1650 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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William P. Reinhardt Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Physics University of Washington, Seattle Abstract:  A copiously illustrated and good-humoured tour, with readings of Real and Fake Literature (as befits our times) by Mines students, and possibly even faculty, from the works of Thomas Mann, Herman Melville, Jorge Luis Borges, and Bertrand Russell, with a word or two from Ray Bradbury.  We begin our tour with an overview of the known universe, and learn to “count” in the sense of comparing…

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November 2017

Physics Colloquium: Jamming and Clogging of Passive and Active Particles in Disordered Media

November 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM), 1650 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Cynthia Olson Reichhardt Los Alamos National Laboratory, Center for Nonlinear Studies and Theoretical Division Abstract: There has been tremendous growth in studying nonequilibrium systems of particle assemblies which can exhibit jamming effects. In general jamming has been studied in the absence of quenched disorder.  Here we examine the dynamics of active and passive matter systems interacting with random or periodic substrates and obstacle arrays, and show that it is possible to make a clear distinction between jammed systems and clogged…

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Physics Colloquium: “A Tale of 3 QGPs: The Large, the Small, and the Exotic”

November 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM), 1650 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Ron Belmont University of Colorado @ Boulder Abstract: Heavy ion physics is a relatively recent endeavor, combining nuclear and particle physics.  The goal of heavy ion physics is to create and study a phase of matter known as the quark-gluon plasma, believed to have existed in the first few microseconds after the big bang, by colliding heavy nuclei.  In this talk, we will begin with a general overview of heavy ion physics and some key properties of the QGP.  Next…

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December 2017

Physics Colloquium: Graduate Student Poster Session

December 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Poster Session Abstract: This is an opportunity to learn about some of the research projects of graduate students in the physics program. LOCATION CHANGE - CTLM231

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January 2018

Physics colloquium: Alison Lakin, Univ. of Colo-Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

January 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM), 1650 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Alison Lakin, RN, LLB, LLM, PhD Associate Vice Chancellor for Regulatory Compliance University of Colorado Denver / Anschutz Medical Campus "The Responsible Conduct of Science – Is Conflict of Interest an Issue?" Abstract:  Management of Financial Conflict of Interest has been the subject of much debate and regulation leading to a significant level of burden and bureaucracy for academic institutions. Has this regulatory approach promoted ethical professional conduct or has it missed the point? There are many other more corrosive…

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April 2018

Physics colloquium/Graduate Student Distinguished Lecture: Bob Laughlin, Stanford University “The Brayton Battery”

April 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM), 1650 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Abstract:  This talk will give an overview of work I have been doing off campus for the past several years on the matter grid energy storage using reversible heat engines and molten nitrate salt.  The most recent work, a secret project at X code named "Project Malta", was revealed in Bloomberg on 31 Aug 17.  My own scientific writing on the matter came out about the same time as J. Renew. Sustain. Energy 9, 044103 (2017).  The talk will touch…

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Physics colloquium: Andrew (Drew) Potter, Univ. of Texas at Austin, “Breaking the Laws of Thermodynamics”

April 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM), 1650 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Abstract: Rapid advances in cold atoms, trapped ion, and superconducting qubit technologies have provided unprecedented access to explore the dynamics of complex quantum systems that are well isolated from the external world. While in their early stages, these explorations have unturned dramatic surprises. Most strikingly, incorporating random (disordered) couplings into an isolated quantum system can prevent it from ever relaxing to thermal equilibrium, enabling systems to remain quantum coherent indefinitely without cooling. This phenomena, known as many-body localization (MBL), enables…

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Physics colloquium: David Pappas, NIST, “Scaling Up Superconducting Quantum Computers”

April 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM), 1650 Arapahoe St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Abstract:  A brief history and overview of the requirements to guide the research and development for high-coherence superconducting quantum circuits will be given. The main focus will be on materials development at NIST. Topics will include identifying and mitigating loss due to amorphous two-level systems at interfaces and how to scale the fabrication of small aluminum-oxide tunnel junctions. The junctions were studied with atom probe microscopy to get an understanding of where the oxidation occurs. Fabrication of high-coherence circuits is…

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Physics colloquium: Graduate Student Poster Session

April 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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CoorsTek Event Space (1st floor)

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November 2018

Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Division and Physics Department Presents: Energy Minor Meeting

November 15, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Arthur Lakes Library, 1410 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
Free

Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Division Physics Department Presents Energy Minor Meeting Co-Directors Dr. Kathleen Hancock (HASS) and Dr. Tim Ohno (Physics) will lead a discussion on requirements for the Energy Minor, job prospects in the energy field, the Solar Decathlon in Africa, and the Energy Club. Faculty teaching in the minor will be there to discuss their courses and answer questions about energy in their respective disciplines. When: Thursday, November 15, 4:30 – 5:30 pm Where: Boettcher Room - East, Arthur Lakes Library Free Food - Taco Bar!!  

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April 2019

Visiting speaker, “Facilitating Thinking and Learning in and Beyond the Physics Classrooms Using Evidence-Based Approaches”

April 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, 1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Chadralekha Singh University of Pittsburgh Abstract:  I will discuss, using my research in physics education, how research can be used as a guide to develop curricula and pedagogies to reduce student difficulties. My research has focused on improving student understanding of introductory and advanced concepts, for example, in learning quantum mechanics.  We are developing research-based learning tools such as tutorials and peer instruction tools that actively engage students in the learning process.  I will discuss how we evaluate their effectiveness using a variety of methodologies.…

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