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Spring 2022 (videos will be posted as they become available)

A Physics Potpourri

Q: What do physicists do on their days off?

A: We don’t really take days off. However, we do occasionally branch off into things which may seem not quite central to our research, as a sort of busman’s holiday. In this series of Saturday Science lectures by Mike Ogilvie, Carl Bender and Zohar Nussinov, we explore and explain some of those interests.

 

 

 

Connections: A Modern Physics Sequel

Mike Ogilvie, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
March 26, 2022

 

 

 

Is the Number 312132 Interesting?

Carl Bender, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
April 2, 2022

 

 

 

Information, Physics, and Machine Learning

Zohar Nussinov, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
April 9, 2022

 

 

 

Fall 2021

The McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis brings together experts in multiple disciplines to address great questions in space science as we explore and seek to comprehend our surroundings and our beginnings. This series highlights research in the Department of Physics and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences that builds on past discoveries and exploration, asks new questions, and seeks innovative ways to further test and explore phenomena in our Solar System and in the Universe. Please join us for this exciting series of lectures and exploration!

 

 

A Brief History of Time (Delays): 50 Years of Tests of General Relativity

Michael Nowak, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
October 16, 2021

Note that the Zoom recording failed, so this is a PowerPoint presentation and not the complete lecture.

 

 

Measuring the Oldest Light in the Universe

Johanna Nagy, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
October 23, 2021

 

 

 

Interpreting Observations and Testing Cosmological Models

James Mertens, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
October 30, 2021

 

 

Water on Mars: New Constraints from Martian Meteorites

Kun Wang, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
November 6, 2021

 

 

Towards the Science Gold at the End of a Mars Exploration Rainbow: Mars Sample Return

Scott VanBommel, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
November 13, 2021

 

 

New Insights into the Geology of Venus

Paul Byrne, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
November 20, 2021

 

 

 

Spring 2021

Physics is a human enterprise: its boundaries are set by what physicists do, causing physics departments to grow and transform. New faculty members bring energy and new ideas to departments, forge new connections to other disciplines, and train students in new methods and techniques. In this lecture series, we introduce some of our department’s newer faculty members and let them explain their research interests.

 

 

Quantum Computing for Beginners

Gerardo Ortiz, Indiana University - Bloomington
May 2, 2021

 

 

 

Using Antimatter to Find Dark Matter

Manel Errando, Washington University in St. Louis
April 24, 2021

 

 

 

The Next Revolution in Physics: Microbial Ecology?

Mikhail Tikhonov, Washington University in St. Louis
April 17, 2021

 

 

 

 

Cellular Self Assembly

Shankar Mukherji, Washington University in St. Louis
April 10, 2021

 

 


Fall 2020

The Center for Quantum Sensors at Washington University in St. Louis brings together scientists working on the development and engineering of quantum technologies and materials and scientists using quantum technologies for cutting-edge research in physics and related disciplines. Members of the Center are currently involved in projects related to quantum information, quantum optics, quantum materials, quantum measurements, quantum sensors for astrophysics, and quantum sensors for fundamental physics. The center leverages the members’ experience with the fabrication of quantum sensors and the deployment of the sensors in extreme environments, e.g. on balloons, satellites, in remote geographical areas, and in underground laboratories.

 

Topology Meets Quantum Mechanics

Sheng Ran, Washington University in St. Louis
October 3, 2020

 

 

 

 

Welcoming the Second Quantum Revolution

Kater Murch, Washington University in St. Louis
October 10, 2020

 

 

 

 

From Quantum Mysteries to Quantum Technologies

Igor Pikovski, Stevens Institute of Technology & Stockholm University
October 17, 2020

 

 

 

Quantum Math - the Superposition Principle, Bell's Inequality, and Uncertainties

Zohar Nussinov, Washington University in St. Louis
October 24, 2020

 

 

Maxwell’s Demon and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Assa Auerbach, Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Chair in Sciences, Department of Physics, Technion, Israel
November 7, 2020

 

 

From Quantum Miracles to Parallel Worlds

Lev Vaidman, The Alex Maguy-Glass Chair in Physics of Complex Systems, Physics Department, Tel Aviv University
November 14, 2020

 

 

 

Explore the Magic of Light

Lan Yang, Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Washington University
November 21, 2020